D.C. United Appoint Carl Robinson as Assistant Coach

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March 15, 2023 – Major League Soccer (MLS)D.C. United News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. United appoint Carl Robinson as Assistant Coach. The 46-year-old Welshman returns to MLS after managing the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Newcastle United Jets in the Australian first division the last two seasons. Robinson was previously the head coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2014-2018.

“Carl is an experienced MLS coach who has a great understanding of the league, both as a player and coach,” Wayne Rooney, D.C. United Head Coach, said. “He’s already added a lot of value to the coaching side and his knowledge and experience will be a great addition to our backroom staff.”

Robinson joins the Black-and-Red from the Western Sydney Wanderers where he was appointed as head coach on Oct. 15, 2020. He managed the Wanderers for 33 matches during the Covid pandemic with a 10-11-12 record. Prior to that, Robinson was the head coach for the Newcastle Jets from Feb. 6, 2020 to Oct. 14, 2020, earning a 7-3-1 record while his team scored 19 goals in 11 matches before he left with the club entering administration .After two seasons in Australia’s first division, Robinson had a 17-14-13 record as head coach with 71 goals scored in 44 matches.

“I’m proud to join D.C. United and be a part of the coaching staff for such a historic MLS club,” Carl Robinson, said. “I’m excited about the project that’s being led by Wayne Rooney and believe that the team can be successful this season. I want to thank ownership, Dave Kasper, and Wayne [Rooney] for the opportunity and I look forward to getting started.”

Robinson began his coaching career with Vancouver Whitecaps FC as the Assistant Coach on Jan. 20, 2012. After 2 years under Manager, Martin Rennie, Robinson was promoted to Head Coach on Dec. 16, 2013 after a successful 2012 season where the Whitecaps made the MLS Cup Playoffs and were Runners-up in the Canadian Cup Championship. His first match in charge was on March 8, 2014 in a 4-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls in Vancouver. That season, Vancouver Whitecaps FC finished the 2014 MLS season with a 12-14-8 record and 50 points in the Western Conference. Robinson helped them reach the Knockout Round of the MLS Cup before losing 2-1 to FC Dallas on Oct. 29, 2014. The following season, Robinson led the Whitecaps to the Canadian Cup Championship where they won 4-2 on aggregate over the Montréal Impact. Vancouver also made the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, finishing second in…

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