D.C. United and head coach Tom Soehn have parted ways after three seasons. Soehn decided not to renew his contract after talking it over with his family. United had a 36-30-24 record in MLS play during Soehn’s three year stay but failed to make the playoffs in the last two seasons, losing out on the last day of the season on each occasion. Also a factor to consider was that United has now twice failed to advance out of the group stages of the CONCACAF Champions League. After looking embarrassingly poor in the 2008 tournament (going 0-5-1), United turned their fortunes around and went 3-2-1 this time but narrowly lost out to Marathon in a difficult group to advance from.
United’s front office now has the task of finding a replacement for Tom Soehn. While current interim Red Bull coach Richie Williams seems to be the sentimental and perhaps logical favorite to succeed Soehn, the front office may choose to go in another direction outside of the club and their hallowed history. Only time will tell.