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D.C. United fires coach

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- D.C. United, which has the worst record in the MLS, Wednesday fired Coach Curt Onalfo.

The team said Ben Olsen, who played for D.C. United from 1998-2009, was installed as interim head coach. Chad Ashton, previously D.C. United's technical director, was made interim assistant coach and current assistants Kris Kelderman and Mark Simpson will retain their positions.

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Onalfo was let go after just seven months with D.C. United. The team is 3-12-3 this year and has scored a league-low 12 goals while giving up a league-high 31.

"This was a difficult and painful decision," said D.C. United President Kevin Payne. "Curt is an outstanding person and a fine coach. This has certainly been a trying season, made more so by a number of factors outside of anyone's control.

"This decision is not about placing blame but about looking forward. Recent performances have convinced us that we need to make a change at the top for the team to improve the remainder of this season, for 2011 and beyond."

Olsen is considered one of the top players in D.C. United history. He was part of two MLS Cup-winning teams and was 1998 MLS rookie of the year.

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