Longtime D.C. United, U.S. player Ben Olsen retires

Published Nov. 25, 2009 1:24 a.m. ET

Longtime D.C. United and U.S. team midfielder Ben Olsen retired Tuesday, finally succumbing to the numerous ankle injuries that kept interrupting his career.

Olsen leaves United as one of the most popular players in franchise history. He was the MLS rookie of the year in 1998 and helped the United win the MLS Cup in 1999 and 2004. He was the MVP of the 1999 championship game and a two-time league All-Star.