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Ben Olsen appointed as club president of Washington Spirit

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Former D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen was appointed as club president of National Women’s Soccer League side Washington Spirit, the team announced Thursday. 

Olsen first joined D.C. United in 1998 as a player, going on to feature for the Major League Soccer side in 221 appearances spanning almost a decade. After his retirement in 2009, he quickly transitioned into an assistant coach under manager Curt Onalfo.

In 2010, the club fired Onalfo for a bad record and subsequently promoted Olsen to become interim head coach. United interviewed at least seven candidates before announcing the former player as the permanent replacement to become the youngest full-time head coach in the league’s 15-year history. 

He went on to coach the club for 10 years before recently stepping down in 2020 to become an executive advisor to United. 

“I have loved being part of the D.C. United family for over 20 years, and I will always be grateful to the club that has given me so much,” Olsen said in Thursday’s release.

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