Every so often, a crack of opportunity meets a seam of luck. And the 2010 interregnum between the fired Curt Onalfo and whoever would follow behind him appeared to be that avenue into rarely luminescent daylight for D.C. United.
At the time, D.C. United had a shortlist of at least seven coaching candidates, each of whom it interviewed. Among that list was, of course, Ben Olsen, who ultimately won the gig permanently after guiding the club to a 3-8-1 record as an interim after Onalfo was jettisoned. Olsen’s tenure since has been a rocket that periodically loses its thrust before jetting into the atmosphere again. In 2013, D.C. United recorded the worst regular season in MLS history (while simultaneously winning a U.S. Open Cup) and then snapped up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference a year later. The years since settled somewhere in between.
But the biggest story in hindsight isn’t necessarily who won the job. It’s who didn’t.