D.C. United club president Kevin Payne said interim coach Ben Olsen will not be considered for the full-time position because of his inexperience. "I don't think he is ready," Payne said. "It's been a great learning experience for Ben and I am sure he will learn a great deal over the next couple of years. I fully expect Ben will be our head coach someday."
Olsen retired as a player last winter and became an assistant coach. He was asked to oversee the club after Curt Onalfo's dismissal in August. Initially reluctant to accept the position, Olsen grew more confident in the role and began expressing the desire to remain in charge.
Olsen had a 3-8-1 record during United's worst campaign in its 15-season history (6-20-4).