Caretaker Ben Olsen has been installed as the permanent head coach of MLS club DC United. The 33-year old for DC midfielder took over from Curt Onalfo in August and did a decent job despite the club finishing with the worst record in MLS in 2010.
But the Washington club have announced the appointment of Olsen who becomes the seventh coach in franchise history.
"We spent a great deal of time on this decision and interviewed a number of qualified candidates. The more we talked about what we were looking for in the next coach of D.C. United, the more we talked about Ben Olsen as a candidate for the job, in spite of our prior public stance," said United President and CEO Kevin Payne. "Ultimately, we became convinced that Ben's commitment, intelligence and understanding of what it means to be a part of D.C. United outweighed his limited coaching experience. We're confident that he will do an outstanding job."
General Manager Dave Kasper added: b"Ben showed us that he could lead this team during his role as an Interim Head Coach last season. He possesses the necessary qualities to take this club forward and we are excited for him to get to work. We believe that Ben's appointment will begin a new chapter of success at D.C. United."