D.C. United have employed Atlanta United’s head of technical recruitment Lucy Rushton as their new Common Supervisor in an historic first for MLS.
D.C. are shaking issues up after a disappointing 2020 season and have been looking out for a brand new GM forward of the brand new marketing campaign kicking off this month. Incumbent Dave Kasper is stepping apart to grow to be the brand new president of soccer operations.
In accordance with Sportico, they’ve appointed Rushton, who’s at present head of technical recruitment & evaluation at rival MLS membership Atlanta.
Rushton will grow to be the primary lady ever to grow to be the GM of a MLS membership, and solely the second lady in historical past to carry the function in any main males’s skilled sport within the US. That is after MLB franchise the Miami Marlins employed Kim Ng in December.
It is stated she has been picked particularly for her background in knowledge and evaluation, and can carry revolutionary data-driven method to the function. D.C. United hope that may assist encourage them to glory within the years forward.
It comes as one other forward-thinking transfer from D.C. United, who final yr appointed Danita Johnson as their president of enterprise operations. Johnson grew to become the primary black individual to function a membership president in MLS historical past, and holds one of many highest government roles ever held by a lady in MLS.
Johnson stated on the time, per the MLS website: “It isn’t simply because I am a black lady and ‘we’re making an attempt to examine a field,’ as a result of persons are very, very conscious of social justice on this second.
“It must be on a regular basis that this is part of the dialog and thought course of. So I feel for me, past simply telling the story of a black lady or black man, is telling the story of who they’re and why they’re within the place they’re in.”
D.C. United kick off their 2021 MLS season towards New York Metropolis on Sunday 18 April.