D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen has been selected to replace former Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak as head coach of the MLS All Stars for the MLS All Star game on July 25 against Chelsea.
The United published a press release announcing the decision on their website.
Major League Soccer has selected D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen to lead the MLS All-Stars against UEFA champions Chelsea FC on July 25 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Serving as Olsen's assistant coaches will be Philadelphia Union Interim Team Manager John Hackworth and the D.C. United technical staff of Chad Ashton, Pat Onstad and Sonny Silooy. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, TeleFutura, and in Canada on TSN and RDS starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.
So far this season, Olsen has led the black and red to a 9-4-3 record, good for first place in the Eastern Conference. In the current stretch, the United have won four games in a row.
In the same press release, MLS Executive Vice President of Competition and Game Operations Nelson Rodriguez praised the time spent in the MLS as both a player and a coach.
Ben Olsen has experience playing in All-Star Games and he has guided his team to one of the best records in MLS so far this season. He and his staff also have a relatively short distance to travel and his club does not play a League match on the weekend after the All-Star Game. Adding John Hackworth at his side strengthens the group that will assemble and prepare our team for this important game.
The game is scheduled to take place on July 25 at 8:30 p.m. from PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.