D.C. United hire Onalfo as new coach

Curt Onalfo will be the new coach of D.C. United.

The club said Monday it hired Onalfo as the replacement for

Tom Soehn, whose contract expires this week.

Onalfo is a former U.S. national team player. He also played

two seasons for D.C. United before retiring in 1999. He then stayed

with the team for three seasons as an assistant coach and director

of youth development.

Onalfo went on work as an assistant coach for the U.S.

national team for four years and was the coach of the Kansas City

Wizards for 2 1/2 years until he was fired in August. His record

with the Wizards was 27-29-22.

United announced last month that Soehn would not return. The

team has missed the MLS playoffs two years in a row.