D.C. United have parted ways with two key sporting figures – general manager and head of technical recruitment and analysis Lucy Rushton, as well as first-team performance director Victor Lonchuk – after the 2022 season, the club announced Wednesday.
The decisions come after D.C. United finished bottom of the overall MLS table. The Eastern Conference club is preparing for a first full season (2023) under head coach Wayne Rooney, who joined in mid-July.
“We want to thank Lucy and Victor for their contributions over the past seasons. We wish both of them success in their future endeavors,” Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, co-chairman of D.C. United, said in a release.
The Black-and-Red have commenced a global search for a new general manager to lead day-to-day operations of the soccer department, and will also announce the appointment of a new performance director.
The new general manager will have broad responsibility in all aspects of the first-team soccer operations including roster makeup, player recruitment and talent identification. They will report directly to club ownership.
“The club’s on-field performance this season was unacceptable. We owe it to our supporters, our players, and our greater community to compete at a high level,” Levien and Kaplan added.
“We are focused on bringing leadership that will work closely with head coach Wayne Rooney and our management team to build a squad that once again competes at the top echelon of Major League Soccer. In order to accomplish this and to evolve as a club, we felt it was necessary to make this decision and bring in new leadership.”
The MLS original club last made the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in 2019.