Today, D.C. United announced that Ben Olsen has been voted into the D.C. United Hall of Tradition, presented by GEICO. The iconic midfielder earnedUniteds most prestigious honor by collecting 81 of the fan vote on dcunited.com. Olsen will be inducted in a ceremony on September 15 when United faces the New England Revolution at 7:30 PM.
I am honored that the D.C. United faithful have put me in the Hall of Tradition, said Olsen. The support Ive received from our fans during my time here has been overwhelming and I can only hope to repay them with success on the field with our current team. This organization has given me a great deal in my life and to be in its Hall of Tradition alongside players that have mentored me throughout my career is something I will always cherish.
D.C. United President and CEO Kevin Payne said, Its appropriate that Ben Olsen is joining his former teammates in the Hall of Tradition, and added that His service to our club has always been exemplary, and hes now writing a new chapter in our clubs history as our coach. He remains the heart and soul of our team.
A skilled and fiery midfielder, Olsen is one of the most popular players to ever don the Black-and-Red. Olsen joined D.C. United in 1998 as a highly regarded prospect out of the University of Virginia, and during his stellar 11-year playing career he boasted an unwavering commitment to the club. Olsen had a large role in winning two MLS Cup titles (1999 and 2004), three Supporters Shields (1999, 2006 and 2007), 1998 Champions Cup and InterAmerican Cup victories, and a U.S. Open Cup championship (2008). Individually, he was the 1998 MLS Rookie of the Year, was honored as an All-Star five times (1998, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006), was a member of the 2007 MLS Best XI, was the 2003 USSF MLS Humanitarian of the Year,and was the 1999 MLS Cup MVP. Olsen retired on November 24, 2009, ranking second in for the club in all-time MLS games played and started (221 and 200, respectively), second in minutes played (17, 098), third in assists (49), and seventh in goals (29).
In addition to currently coaching D.C. United, Ben Olsen will also be coaching the MLS All-Stars as they face off against Chelsea FC at 8:30 PM on July 25th.