Beerschot's Hernán Losada hired as coach of DC United

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Heerenveen's Hernan Losada celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Europa League group D soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and SC Heerenveen in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Kai-Uwe Knoth)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hernan Losada was hired Monday as coach of Major League Soccer's D.C. United.

Losada had been manager of Belgium's Beerschot since the middle of the 2018-19 season.

Ben Olson was D.C. United's coach from August 2010 until he was fired Nov. 8 and Chad Ashton followed as interim coach.

Losada, a 38-year-old Argentine, will be MLS's youngest active head coach.

He was an attacking midfielder in Argentina for Independiente (2003-05) and Universidad de Chile (2005-06), then in Belgium for Beerschot (2006-08, 2011-13, 2015-18), Anderlecht (2008-11), Charleroi (2010-11) and Lierse (2013-15) and in the Netherlands for Heerenveen (2009-10).

He became an assistant coach at Beerschot for the 2018-19 season and led the under-21 team before taking over the first team and guiding it to promotion from the second division to the first tier. Beerschot currently is 10th among 18 teams, with nine wins, nine losses and three draws.

''We believe wholeheartedly in Herna?n's approach to the game and his desire to play high-energy soccer with and without the ball,'' D.C. general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement.


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