The head coach feels it’s time to move on after three seasons in the nation’s capital.Three seasons in charge of MLS’ most successful team in history can be quite a trying experience. After only winning only the Supporters’ Shield and a U.S. Open Cup, DC United coach Tom Soehn thought it was time to move on.
“My family and I have spent a lot of time in reaching this very difficult decision,” said Soehn in a press release. “I've been fortunate to spend the last six seasons with this organization. I'd like to thank the staff and fans for their support throughout my tenure. We accomplished a lot together since I arrived in 2004 and I thank them for their dedication and wish them the best in the seasons ahead.”
His contract was up at the end of this season and the 43-year-old decided to take his name out of the running for the job.
A former assistant with the club, Soehn was promoted to head coach back in 2007. He replaced current Philadelphia Union coach Petr Nowak in charge of the club and now leaves before he gets to take on his former boss next season.
“Tommy has done an outstanding job at D.C. United, first as an assistant and then as our head coach,” said United President and CEO Kevin Payne. “Over the past three seasons, Tommy has faced greater challenges than any other Major League Soccer coach. His record in all competitions this season was outstanding and he should not be judged on the basis of missing the MLS Cup Playoffs. Tommy is a fine young coach and I know we will face him in the future in MLS play. I wish him all of the luck in the world.”
The search is now on for a replacement coach with several names in the running. DC finished fourth in the east this season, barely missing the post-season. They haven’t qualified for the playoffs since Soehn’s first season in charge.
Shane Evans, Goal.com
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