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Former DC United head coach Tom Soehn joins Revolution staff

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The New England Revolution announced on Friday that the club has added former D.C. United head coach Tom Soehn as an assistant coach.

Soehn will join the Revolution technical staff in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for the 2014 Player Combine.

Soehn has 10 years of MLS coaching experience as both a head coach and assistant, including three seasons in Chicago and six seasons at D.C. United after finishing his 13- year playing career.

“I’m very excited to add Tom to our staff,” Revolution head coach Jay Heaps said. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience in MLS – as a successful assistant coach, head coach and team executive – which will prove valuable to the Revolution. Tom was someone I very much respected as both a player and an opposing coach, and we’re excited to get him working with the team and the staff this weekend.”

Soehn’ playing career (1988- 2000) as a defender/midfielder in both indoor and outdoor professional leagues, included four seasons in MLS with the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) and his hometown club Chicago Fire. Soehn played for the Fire team that won both the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup titles in 1998, followed by another Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title with Chicago in 2000.

Soehn began his coaching career as assistant coach with the Chicago Fire, where he was Bob Bradley’s first assistant in 2001 and 2002, and then as assistant for Dave Sarachan in 2003. In 2004, Soehn moved to D.C., where he served as Peter Nowak’s first assistant, helping the club win MLS Cup 2004 and the 2006 Supporters Shield. After three seasons, Soehn was promoted to head coach in December 2006, and led D.C. to a second-straight Supporters Shield in 2007. In 2008, he guided D.C. to the U.S. Open Cup championship, and on to the group stage of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League tournaments.

In January 2010, Soehn was appointed as Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s first director of soccer operations, where he developed and managed the club’s roster, as well as the team’s player scouting, identification and recruitment system as the club prepared to enter MLS in 2011. Soehn returned to the bench in late May 2011, and coached the team for the remainder of the that season after head coach Teitur Thordarson was released. In 2012, he returned to the front office as director of soccer operations, where he remained for the duration of the season, helping craft the Whitecaps team that qualified for the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs – the first-ever Canadian team to reach the postseason.

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