D.C. United

DC United part ways with head coach Hernan Losada

Chris Smith
Losada has failed to bring the results with DC United.
Losada has failed to bring the results with DC United. / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

DC United have parted ways with head coach Hernan Losada, the club announced on Wednesday.

Losada replaced long-time manager Ben Olsen at the start of the 2021 season with the promise of rejuvenating DC United on the pitch.

But the Black and Red struggled to adjust to Losada's high-octane style and missed out on the MLS Cup Playoffs after losing 15 of their 34 regular-season matches last season. Only bottom two Toronto FC and FC Cincinnati conceded more than their 54 goals allowed among Eastern Conference teams.

DC United - who beat Flower City Union 3-0 in the US Open Cup on Tuesday - have made a poor start to the 2022 season as well, sitting bottom of the East with just two wins from six games and a conference-low seven goals scored.

Losada has consistently called on the DC United front office to increase its spending on players and facilities. Earlier on Wednesday, The Athletic reported that the Argentine tactician's relationship with the likes of sporting director Dave Kasper and general manager Lucy Rushton has become strained.

Their report also stated that DCU will part ways with Losada, installing assistant coach Chad Ashton in the dugout on an interim basis ahead of their trip to reigning Supporters' Shield champions New England Revolution this weekend.

The club have now confirmed the basis of that report.

“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,” Kasper said in a club press release. "We wish him great success moving forward."

On the promotion of Ashton, Kasper added: “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."