D.C. United

D.C. United appoint Chad Ashton as interim head coach

Lizzy Becherano
DC United appoint Chad Ashton as interim head coach after the dismissal of Hernan Losada.
DC United appoint Chad Ashton as interim head coach after the dismissal of Hernan Losada. / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages

D.C. United have parted ways with head coach Hernan Losada after 15 months, leaving Chad Ashton in charge effective immediately. 

The new interim manager first joined the Eastern Conference side’s technical staff in 2007 as an assistant coach under the helm of longtime leader Ben Olsen. During his first couple of years, Ashton helped inspire United to the Supporters’ Shield as well as two US Open Cups. 

But Ashton is no stranger to leading the Black and Red. He previously took over the team in 2020, serving as head coach for the final seven matches of the Major League Soccer regular season after the dismissal of Olsen. 

In that time, he saw three victories, three defeats and one draw. 

“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.

Ashton now takes control of a spiraling side as D.C. United kicked off the year with a victory and draw before falling to last on the Eastern Conference table. The team has suffered five defeats since. 

Though the Black and Red triumphed 3-0 against Flower City Union in the US Open Cup match on Tuesday, it was not enough to keep Losada at the head.

“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. We wish him great success moving forward," said Kasper on Wednesday. 

The team returns to the pitch on Saturday against the New England Revolution for Ashton’s first game as head coach in 2022.