Upon the hiring of Curt Onalfo
to replace Tom Soehn
as D.C. United head coach after the club missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, club president
said, "Having played and coached here, Curt understands the culture of D.C. United." Onalfo, 40, was a reserve midfielder-defender for United in the late 1990s
and served as an assistant for three years before joining the U.S. national team staff. He helped establish United's youth academy.
"I've been part of it and appreciate the
expectations and responsibility to win," said Onalfo, who served as Kansas City's head coach for two-and-a-half years. After inheriting a struggling team, he guided the Wizards to the
playoffs twice before being dismissed in the middle of last season. He compiled a 27-29-22 record in regular-season play during his tenure.
"I have experience turning around a team
that hasn't made the playoffs," he said. "I know how to tweak mentalities and get the most out of players." The Post's Steven Goff
reported that the
undisclosed terms of his contract are believed to include at least two guaranteed years and a base salary of $200,000. Goff also notes that, "Besides his understanding of United and the
Washington area, Onalfo speaks Spanish fluently, a trait not shared by any of his five predecessors. United has traditionally employed players from Latin America, and just last week signed Salvadoran
midfielder Cristian Castillo
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