DCU's Olsen claims Coach of the Year honors

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Major League Soccer announced Tuesday that D.C. United boss Ben Olsen has been named Coach of the Year for the 2014 season.

Olsen oversaw a worst-to-first transition for United as the club responded to a three-win season in 2013 with a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference this term, the biggest single-season turnaround in MLS history.

Under the guidance of Olsen, United registered a 52-goal turnaround in goal differential from 2013-14, another MLS record.

The club boasted a 16-0-1 record when scoring first and another equally impressive 14-0-1 record when leading at the half. Olsen also helped D.C. finish the season with the fewest goals allowed at home (12) and tied for the league lead in goals against average (1.09).

Olsen becomes the first D.C. United head coach to win the award since Bruce Arena in 1997.