- The Washington Times
Thursday, October 29, 2020

Former U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis spoke with D.C. United about the team’s coaching vacancy, according to a new report.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the United held an informal interview with Ellis, who won World Cup titles for the women’s national team in 2015 and 2019. The paper added Ellis will advance to the next round of interviews.

If hired, Ellis, 54, would become the first women head coach of an MLS team.

Ellis left her previous position last year following the 2019 World Cup, but still remains with the U.S. Soccer Federation. She holds a 106-7-19 managerial record. 

The United are in search for a new coach after dismissing Ben Olsen from his role earlier this month. Olsen had been with the team for 10 years, but the club had gotten off to a 2-9-5 start. Under interim Chad Ashton, the United are now 5-6-10.

Ellis’ candidacy for the position was first reported more than two weeks ago by The Athletic. According to ESPN, the team is also considering former Real Salt Lake and New York City FC manager Jason Kreis and former Schalke 04 manager David Wagner.

The Post reported there is no front runner for the job. 

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