DC United to hire Lucy Rushton in historic GM first

Lucy Rushton will be D.C. United’s new general manager in another historic step for women in major male professional sports. 

Sportico reported Monday that Rushton and the MLS club have agreed to terms on a general manger contract. She would be the first female general manager in MLS and the second woman in the position in major men’s professional sports. 

Kim Ng was the first when she was hired by the Miami Marlins last November. A handful of general managers in the WNBA and NWSL are women.

Rushton named GM in DC United shakeup

Rushton’s historic hiring follows another at DC United and is part of a major shakeup at the club. 

The club hired Danita Johnson as its president of business operations in December. Johnson is the first Black person only the third woman to hold the role. 

Rushton is taking over for Dave Kasper, who joined the club in 2002 and will move into the president of soccer operations role, per Sportico. He has served as general manager since 2007 and as vice president of soccer operations since 2014. 

DC United hired Hernán Losada as its new head coach in January, replacing their coach of the past decade in Ben Olsen. They’ve also parted ways with Chris Deubert, their head legal counsel since November of 2018, per The Athletic.

The club went 5-6-12 last season and finished second-to-last in the Eastern Conference. While they have earned Supporters Shields for the best regular-season records in 2006 and 2007, DC United has not won the MLS Cup since 2004. It won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competitions in 2008 and 2013. 

Who is Lucy Rushton?

Rushton is currently the head of technical recruitment and analysis at Atlanta United. She’s also spent time at Reading FC and Watford in England. 

She won an English League Championship title as a player with Reading in 2011-12 and reached the semifinals of the 2015 FA Cup with them. 

As coach she helped lead Atlanta United to the 2018 MLS Cup in its second season of existence. She has been praised as a soccer analytics expert with her knowledge critical to that championship. 

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