Following its worst-to-first turnaround last season, D.C. United rewarded General Manager Dave Kasper with a multi-year contract extension, the club announced.
“Dave Kasper has demonstrated expertise building a deep and talented roster,” D.C. United co-owner Jason Levien told the official website. “His strong knowledge of the player market combined with the professional soccer operations culture he has helped to build has D.C. United well-positioned for future success. We are very pleased he will remain with the club, and we are deeply appreciative for his leadership.”
Kasper, in charge of personnel and player decisions since 2002 at the club, was also newly appointed vice president of soccer operations. His previous deal was set to expire in December of this year.
“This is where I want to be,” Kasper said. “This is my club and I’ve been blessed to be part of winning trophies here.”
Steven Goff of the Washington Post was the first to report the story yesterday. The club confirmed the appointment and new deal today. According to Goff, Kasper will now be in charge of a broader range of responsibilities, including those at the youth level and the club’s attempts to secure a partnership at the USL Pro level. The club has won five trophies under Kasper, including a title in 2004 to go along with two Supporters’ Shields and two US Open Cup titles.
Last year’s success brought a contract extension for manager Ben Olsen earlier this offseason, and now Kasper reaps the rewards as well.