Friday, November 20, 2009

Ben Olsen to Retire from D.C. United

An end of an era as Ben Olsen has decided to retire from D.C. United. Post writer Steven Goff reports the news here in his Soccer Insider column.

I remember taking a road trip to Chicago in May of 1998 to see D.C. United play the expansion Fire at Soldier Field. This seems like yesterday. In the game Olsen, a rookie at the time, scored his first professional goal in United's win. Watching his enthusiasm on that team of veterans reminded me of a puppy hanging with the big dogs and I knew we had something special.

The honors in his career were numerous, but unfortunately so were the injuries. In his career Olsen played in 221 games for D.C. United and was a representative of the U.S. National team during the 2006 World Cup.

There is no replacement for him or what he meant to D.C. United. It's been a pleasure watching him. He had heart and he always gave his all.

So here's a big thank you from this fan to Ben and I wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his life. I do hope he stays connected to D.C. United and the sport at some level.

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