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MLS Apr 14, 2021

D.C. United appoint Lucy Rushton as second female General Manager in MLS history

WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. United have announced Dave Kasper will become President of Soccer Operations and Sporting Director, assuming oversight and responsibility of the club’s first team, Loudoun United, and the Academy. Lucy Rushton will become the club’s new General Manager and Head of Technical Recruitment and Analysis, after joining D.C. United from fellow Major League Soccer side, Atlanta United, where she has spent the last five years serving as the Head of Technical Recruitment and Analysis.

“Dave’s knowledge of our league and the sport globally will be integral in the evolution of our club as we enter this new era at D.C. United,” said Jason Levien CEO and Co-Chairman of D.C. United. “Dave’s leadership and experience will have us well-positioned to maximize the impact and results of the recent investments the club have made in our soccer infrastructure, particularly our new, state-of-the-art training facility and performance center in Loudoun County, where our first team, Loudoun United FC, and Academy will all train.”

Rushton, who will assume the General Manager and Head of Technical Recruitment and Analysis position for D.C. United, began her career working on the technical side of the sport in 2007 with Watford Football Club in the English Football League Championship as a Player Recruitment Analyst. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Reading Football Club where she spent more than seven years working as a Senior Performance Analyst and helped the club secure promotion to the English Premier League in 2012 after a first-place finish in the Championship in the 2011-12 season.

Rushton made the move to Major League soccer in 2016 when she joined Atlanta United as Head of Video and Technical Analysis. Under Rushton’s leadership as the Head of Technical Recruitment & Analysis, Atlanta United lifted the 2018 MLS Cup, 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and have won the second most MLS regular season matches (60) from 2017-2020 with a record of 60-24-41, second to only New York City FC.

“Lucy’s experience at the top-levels of our sport and her ability to match talent to a certain identity and system of play through the application of performative data analysis and qualitative analysis is second to none in our league,” said Levien. “We’re confident in her ability to lead our soccer operations teams, contribute to building exciting rosters, and drive a culture that delivers on-field success.”

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