D.C. United closes 2010 with new coach, retirement of top star

The 2011 Major League Soccer season is already in full swing, and D.C. United hopes to reverse its fortunes from last year which saw some highlights in the U.S. Open Cup – in which the team reached the semifinals – but otherwise put forth a lackluster effort.  Former U.S. national team member Ben Olsen, who played for United from 1998 to 2009, took over as coach after Curt Onalfo was sacked on Aug. 4.  However, the switch wasn’t enough to salvage United’s season and the squad finished in last place for the season – both in the Eastern Conference and the League.  On top of those results, United’s best player and only All-Star, Jaime Moreno, retired at the end of the season.

On the bright side, Andy Najar – the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year – and the rest of Olsen’s squad has started 2011 with a win, a loss and two draws, placing them fifth out of nine teams in the Eastern Conference so far.  It remains to be seen whether Olsen can lead the team back into its heyday when Bruce Arenas guided the team to three consecutive championships.  For now, here’s a look back at D.C. United’s final 2010 home game, a 3-2 loss to Toronto FC,  in photos as well as the sendoff for Moreno at RFK Stadium.

Photos: Toronto FC 3, D.C. United 2
Oct. 23, 2010, Washington, D.C.

all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine