WASHINGTON, D.C., (April 20, 2021) – D.C. United have announced that Assistant Coach Chad Ashton will assume the role of Interim Head Coach and Hernán Losada departs the organization effectively immediately.
Ashton first joined D.C. United’s technical staff in 2007 as an Assistant Coach where he helped guide the team to the Supporters’ Shield in his first season, as well as two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s in 2008 and 2013. He also spent time in an interim head coaching capacity for the final seven matches of the 2020 MLS Regular Season, where he improved the team's performance.
“We believe that Chad’s ability to prepare for upcoming opponents and man manage players and in-game strategic match situations paired with his knowledge of the league will provide a springboard to further progress our style of play and enable us to compete at a higher-level as we push forward for a successful season,” said Dave Kasper, President of Soccer Operations for D.C. United.
Argentine Hernán Losada was appointed as Head Coach in January 2021 when he joined the club from Belgian First Division side Beerschot as the youngest coach in Major League Soccer.
“We’d like to thank Hernán for his time at the club and the energy he brought, as well as the attack-minded, front-foot philosophy and style of play he instilled within our club,” said Kasper. "We wish him great success moving forward."
One of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer in 1996, D.C. United are among the most decorated teams in the United States with 13 domestic and international trophies.
D.C. United have called the District home for the past 26 seasons and play their home games at Audi Field in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Southwest, Washington, D.C, which opened in 2018. In addition to D.C. United games, the 20,000-seat soccer-specific stadium hosts over 100 events year-round, including the District’s premier arts, culinary, and music festival, Unite the District Fest. Audi Field will soon be home to America’s number one sportsbook through a partnership with FanDuel Group.
The Black-and-Red have won the MLS Cup four times (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004), the Supporters’ Shield four times (1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times (1996, 2008 and 2013).