Ben Olsen Soccer Midfielder

Ben olsen

Benjamin Robert "Ben" Olsen (born May 3, 1977) is a former American professional soccer player and the current manager of D.C. United. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Olsen grew up playing for FC Delco, an elite club program near Philadelphia. He later attended the University of Virginia, when he was named 1997 Soccer America Player of the Year. Olsen spent the majority of his professional career in the United States with D.C. United in Major League Soccer, which he joined straight out of college. Over the course of 12 seasons with United, Olsen made 221 appearances, scoring 29 goals and making 49 assists. During that time he won two MLS Cup titles, two MLS Supporters' Shields and one U.S. Open Cup winners medal. His individual honors include two-time MLS All-Star, 1998 MLS Rookie of the Year, MLS Cup '99 MVP and 2007 MLS Best XI. Olsen also earned 37 caps with the United States men's national team, winning the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and representing the United States at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Olsen announced his retirement from professional competition on November 24, 2009.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 3rd, 1977
Place of birth
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America
United States of America
Places lived
Pennsylvania , United States of America
pop. 12,773,801 (2013)
Harrisburg , Pennsylvania
pop. 49,188 (2013)




1. University of Virginia Colleges/University

The University of Virginia (often abbreviated as UVA or Virginia) is a public research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. Conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and established in 1819, it is one of the eight U.S. Public Ivy universities.

Institution info

Type Public university
2012. 4.73 bil. $
Institution colors
400 Ray C. Hunt Drive, 22902 - Charlottesville, Virginia
2012. 14,641
2010. 15,595
2009. 15,550
2012. 6,454
2010. 8,796
Acceptance rate
2013. 28.3 %
2012. 27.0 %
2011. 33.3 %
2010. 33.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 13.2 K $
2011. 11.8 K $
2010. 10.8 K $
2009. 9.87 K $
2008. 9.49 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article
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Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended University of Virginia connected by profession and/or age

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b. 1973., Soccer Midfielder
b. 1972., Soccer Midfielder
b. 1978., Soccer Midfielder
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b. 1981., Soccer Midfielder
b. 1974., Soccer Midfielder
b. 1974., Soccer Midfielder

Teams played 1

D.C. United Football

From To Position
1998 2009 Midfielder

D.C. United is an American professional soccer (association football) club based in Washington, D.C. which competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception, in 1996. Over the club's history, D.C. United has been considered to be the flagship franchise of MLS, having won 12 international and domestic titles. Domestically, United has been one of the most successful MLS clubs. United has won the U.S. Open Cup twice, and holds an MLS record for most MLS Cup and Supporters' Shields apiece, winning each honor four times. United was the also the first club to win both the MLS Cup and MLS Supporters' Shield consecutively. On the international stage, D.C. United has competed in both the CONCACAF Champions League and its predecessor, the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. The club is also the only American soccer club to ever compete in a CONMEBOL (South American) competition, participating in the 2005 and 2007 editions of the Copa Sudamericana. In 1998, the club won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

General club info

Club founded 1995
Major League Soccer
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
1996 -


Manager From To
Ben Olsen 2010
Tom Soehn 2007 2009

Social media

Official website

Wikipedia article

Teammates partial list

2008 - 2008 - Defender
2008 - 2008 - Defender
2008 - 2008 - Goalkeeper
2006 - 2008 - Midfielder
2009 - 2010 - Defender
2008 - 2008 - Defender
2009 - 2009 - Defender
2009 - 2009 - Midfielder

Player statistics

From To Appearances Goals scored
1998 2009 243 31

Managerial history

D.C. United Football

2010 -

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