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Former Loudoun United coach Richie Williams officially joins New England Revolution

Former Loudoun United coach Richie Williams rejoins Bruce Arena in New England. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Loudoun United FC coach Richie Williams has officially joined Bruce Arena’s coaching staff with the New England Revolution. 

D.C. United’s front office gave the USL Championship affiliate coach permission to interview with the Revs last week. Because Williams was still under contract with the United organization, New England paid United a reported $75,000 in General Allocation Money for his services.

Williams rejoins his former University of Virginia coach Bruce Arena, who will try to turn around the Revs’ season. 

“We want to thank Richie for his role in helping establish our USL Championship team in their inaugural season,” general manager Dave Kasper said. “We wish him the best of luck in his next chapter with New England.”

The history between Williams and Arena winds through three decades from Charlottesville, Virginia, to D.C. and the United States men’s national team in 2017. Williams also coached under Arena with the New York Red Bulls from 2006-07.

Williams’ four months at Loudoun outlasted former technical director Dane Murphy, who left the club after three months. 

“It is a great opportunity for Richie to go help out Bruce,” United coach Ben Olsen told Pro Soccer USA. “Richie did a great job in a short amount of time to get that place up and running, as did Dane [Murphy]. They were still a part of setting that infrastructure. There is no ill-will. There is not bad blood.”

Williams, alongside Kasper and Murphy, put together a team that both competed in the USL Championship and supplied a ground for senior team players to recover or develop. Players such as Griffin Yow, Donovan Pines and Akeem Ward benefited from the close affiliation of another professional team. 

“Because we can control that team, whether it is the head coach or the decision-making that is going on there, it is about having a good coach,” Olsen said prior to the announcement. “There are a lot of young guys coming through there and that works in our whole system on the technical side.”

Former academy director Ryan Martin will assume the role of permanent coach of Loudoun (2-4-3, 9 points), effectively immediately. Prior to joining United as academy director in 2017, Martin helped mold FC Cincinnati’s USL team as assistant coach in 2016. Martin will coach his first game for Loudoun at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“It’s an honor to be asked to lead Loudoun United FC in their first season in the USL Championship,”  Martin said in a statement released by the team. “We have a talented group of young players mixed with experience and I am looking forward to the challenge of producing good results and performances for the rest of this inaugural campaign. The support and vertical integration throughout D.C. United, Loudoun United, D.C. United Academy and all the way to the local DMV clubs is one of the strongest in the country.”

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