After firing but not firing Ben Olsen, District of Columbia United is in need of a new manager. After a successful, in fact, wildly successful time at the helm of the United States Women’s National Team Jill Ellis is on the job market. Ipso-facto it’s at least plausible that she could end up managing DC United. That’s what Pablo Maurer of the Athletic is reporting at least.
A few early names I'm hearing batted around in regards to #DCU's coaching vacancy: Jason Kreis. Former Schalke/Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner. And... two-time World Cup-winner Jill Ellis.— Pablo Iglesias Maurer (@MLSist) October 12, 2020
Jeff Carlisle of ESPN followed up on that report having dug up a “league source” that could confirm the rumor. According to Carlisle, Ellis’ name is being considered while the coaching search is in the preliminary stages.
Whether or not she has any interest in taking on such a project as the worst team in the Eastern Conference is another issue. DC parted ways with Olsen after the manager spent a decade cobbling together standings that were generally pretty impressive given the resources at his disposal up until Audi Field was built. Ellis, on the other hand, is a world champion, but one whose former players gave less than a five star review of her tenure.
Obviously, if she is hired it would be a historic moment as she would be the first woman to manage a team in MLS.