Ben Olsen suspended for D.C. United opener

D.C. United will be without its manager for its opening game of the 2018 Major League Soccer season.

An MLS spokesperson confirmed that Olsen is suspended for the opener after being dismissed following the final whistle in D.C. United’s final match of the 2017 season, a 2-1 defeat at RFK Stadium to the New York Red Bulls. Olsen was sent off after “failure to act in a responsible manner,” according to an MLS spokesperson, which included reportedly some colorful language towards the officials. David Gantar was the center referee for that match.

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D.C. United is coming off yet another disappointing season but is set this June to move into its brand-new home, Audi Field, and ahead of the move, the club has been active in the transfer market.

The club acquired David Ousted to man the nets, as well as acquiring former Atlanta United starter Yamil Asad and Darren Mattocks to lead the attack.

D.C. United also let a number of players from last season’s squad leave, including Homegrown player Bill Hamid, Deshorn Brown, Sean Franklin and Patrick Nyarko.