Hernan Losada has been fired as D.C. United's head coach after just 15 months.
D.C. United let go of Losada on Wednesday morning, first reported by The Athletic's Pablo Iglesias Maurer. Assistant coach Chad Ashton will take over as interim head coach, the team announced in a release.
“We’d like to thank Hernán for his time at the club and the energy he brought, as well as the attack-minded, front-foot philosophy and style of play he instilled within our club,” president of soccer operations Dave Kasper said in a statement. "We wish him great success moving forward."
Losada's dismissal comes after the club dropped four-straight MLS fixtures by getting outscored 8-3 in those matches. Their most recent loss may have been the worst of the bunch, giving up a 2-0 lead in the final 10 minutes against Austin FC to lose 3-2.
Losada will finish his short tenure with D.C. United with a 16-19-5 record in MLS matches. He leaves D.C. United last in the Eastern Conference at 2-0-4 with just six points from six games. The club experienced a roster makeover before the 2022 season, bringing in 15 new players as well as selling off Kevin Paredes and Paul Arriola for a combined $9 million.
Now, Ashton will be tasked with getting D.C. United back on track after a slow start. This is not his first time filling in as interim head coach, either. Ashton took over as interim coach after Losada's predecessor, Ben Olsen was fired during the 2020 campaign.
“We believe that Chad’s ability to prepare for upcoming opponents and man manage players and in-game strategic match situations paired with his knowledge of the league will provide a springboard to further progress our style of play and enable us to compete at a higher-level as we push forward for a successful season,” Kasper said.
D.C. United is set to get back on the pitch Saturday against the New England Revolution. The Revs have also experienced a slow start to the year at 2-1-4 after finishing the 2021 season with the best record in MLS.