RYAN NOEL - Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Long-time DC United midfielder, and former Yank Abroad, Ben Olsen has announced his official retirement from professional soccer.
Olsen, 32, spent 10 years with D.C., winning multiple MLS Cups and made two appearances in the MLS All-Star Game.
D.C. president and CEO Kevin Payne spoke glowingly of Olsen, who will go down as one of the most beloved players in MLS history.
"Ben Olsen has been called the heart and soul of D.C. United and, over the years, that is exactly what we've come to expect from him," Payne said. "Since he joined our team as the league's first Project-40 player until his last game in the 2009 season, Ben gave all that he had for his team and his teammates."
"You can't replace a player like Ben, you simply hope that other players can step up and shoulder the mantle that he carried for so long. He's simply one of the greatest players in D.C. United history."
Olsen had a brief loan move to Nottingham Forest in the 2000-2001 season, where he scored two goals in 18 appearances for the Reds. After impressing the coaching staff and endearing himself to the Forest fans, Olsen suffered the first of many devastating ankle injuries and, as such, his loan was never extended into a full-time move.
Olsen also enjoyed a solid, if unspectacular, career as a United States national team midfielder, racking up 37 caps and scoring six goals.