D.C. United have named former Kansas City Wizards coach Curt Onalfo as the sixth coach in the franchises history. He’ll be introduced on January 5th.
"This has been a lengthy process but at the end of it we believe Curt Onalfo will be an outstanding leader for D.C. United," said United President and CEO Kevin Payne in a press release. "Our first priority was to find someone who shares the club's long-standing philosophy of attacking soccer - and Curt absolutely does.
"Having played and coached here, Curt understands the culture of D.C. United. As a former member of our 1998 and 1999 championship-winning teams, he understands what is necessary today to fulfill the D.C. United legacy and meet the lofty expectations that follow our club."
A man with a history in the nation’s capital, Onalfo, 40, was a United player from 1998-1999, and helped the team win the MLS Cups during both seasons as a defender. He also served as an assistant with the club from 2000-2002.
"I am very excited to lead D.C. United into a new era, building on its storied and successful history," said Onalfo. "Having already played and served as an assistant coach for the most successful club in MLS history, I understand the expectations that come along with this position. It takes more to be the head coach of United and I fully intend to help bring D.C. its fifth MLS Cup."
His first head coaching job came with the Kansas City Wizards, where he was in charge from 2007-2009. He was fired midway through last season after a poor start to the year and has been out of work since.
A Sao Paulo, Brazil native, Onalfo grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut and attended the University of Virginia, where he played under Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.
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