It’s not often that an MLS club fires a coach after a win, even in the US Open Cup.
But DC United fired Argentina Hernan Losada (left, pictured) less than 24 hours after beating NISA’s Flower City Union 3-0 in the third round of the Open Cup.
United finished eighth in the MLS Eastern Conference in 2021, missing the playoffs by one point with a 14-15-5 record, but sit in last place after six weeks this season with a record of 2-4-0 for six points. It has just four points in the top 7 and has at least one game in progress on every other team in its conference except defending champion NYCFC, which is one of four teams with seven points.
The final straw for management was United’s last game in MLS, a 3-2 loss to Austin FC after conceding three goals in the final 10 minutes.
David Kasperpresident of United’s football operations, told The Washington Post the club were concerned about the direction of the team under Losada: “The start of the season was not what we expected, but it’s not is not just this year. We weren’t happy with the way things ended last year.”
Thank you Hernan Losada! For everything, for the love, for every ounce of encouragement and for keeping it real with me! I sincerely believe that you are destined to become a top manager at the highest level. I will keep every moment with you and our conversation tonight in my heart forever.
— Bill Hamid (@BillHamid28) April 21, 2022
Losada, 39, came to be highly regarded from Belgian club Beerschot in 2021 following the end of Ben Olsen’s long reign. Chad AshtonUnited’s longtime assistant manager, will take over as caretaker manager, as he did in 2020 following Olsen’s departure.
Ashton first joined the DC United team in 2007 as an assistant manager. During his time at the club, he won a Supporters’ Shield (2007) and two Open Cups (2008 and 2013).
“We believe Chad’s ability to prepare for upcoming opponents and manage players and strategic game situations in-game, coupled with his knowledge of the league, will provide a springboard to advance our style of play and us. enable us to compete at a higher level as we move forward for a successful season,” Kasper said in a statement.