D.C. United's Josh Wolff to serve as player/assistant coach

Josh Wolff is making the big next step. The 15-year MLS veteran and World Cup player is moving into coaching. Photo: D.C. United

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2012 - Josh Wolff is making the big next step. The 15-year MLS veteran and World Cup player is moving into coaching.

 D.C. United announced today that the 35-year-old will serve in the role of player/assistant coach this season. Wolff, who signed as a player with D.C. United on Dec. 15, 2010 through the MLS Re-Entry Draft, will continue to be available for selection to game-day rosters.

“Josh’s experiences all over the world, his personality, and his skills on the pitch will make him an integral part of the team this season,” said United head coach Ben Olsen.“A leader on and off the field, Josh will play a greater role both on the field and in the locker room with these new coaching responsibilities. It is great to see that Josh will be taking the next step of his career here with D.C. United and we are lucky to have him.”

The level-headed Wolff, who is known as a leader in the locker-room, was a teammate of Olsen on the U.S. Olympic team and the 2006 World Cup team.

Last season, Wolff started 23 of the 30 games at United and earned five goals and seven assists. He joined United from Sporting Kansas City where he spent seven seasons after five years at the Chicago Fire. In 258 MLS games he has scored 80 goals. 

Wolff played 52 times for the U.S. team scoring nine goals and adding five assists.  In the 2002 World Cup, he made two appearances for the U.S. team, assisting on Brain McBride’s goal that sent the Americans into the quarterfinal stage at the expense of Mexico.  

From 2006-2008 Wolff played for 1860 Munich in Germany.


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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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