D.C. United's Ben Olsen was named MLS Coach of the Year on Tuesday after leading the best single-season turnaround in league history.
United entered the postseason as the top seed in the Eastern Conference, with a club record 59 points and a 17-9-8 record. The club finished last season with just 16 points and a 3-24-7 record. It was the first time since 2007 that D.C. United finished first in the Eastern Conference.
“To be named Coach of the Year is an organizational honor that speaks to the success of D.C. United as a whole this season,” said Olsen in a press release from the team. “General Manager Dave Kasper set this team up for success, and the players, coaches and staff all delivered and have plenty to be proud of. I am thankful for the commitment and belief in me from the team’s ownership group - Erick Thohir, Jason Levien and Will Chang - and I am excited about the future of this great club.”
As a result of their record turnaround, United earned a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.
Through five years leading United, Olsen has earned a 49-64-35 overall record.
“Ben is extremely deserving to be named MLS Coach of the Year,” said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper. “He has shown incredible leadership on and off the field, and his energy, commitment and intelligence provided the impetus for the team's success. We look forward to our future with Ben at the helm.”
United lost to the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
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