Jill Ellis, who guided the United States Women's National Team to two World Cup titles, is a candidate to fill the vacant D.C. United head coaching job, multiple outlets reported Monday.
According to The Athletic, other candidates for the job are Jason Kreis, the former Real Salt Lake, New York City FC and Orlando City SC head coach, and David Wagner, the former head coach of Germany's Shalke 04. Kreis is currently the head coach at Fort Lauderdale in the USL.
No woman has been the head coach of an MLS team.
The D.C. United seat opened when the club fired Ben Olsen. He had been the longest-tenured head coach in club history, compiling a 113-137-84 record in MLS regular-season games and a 132-152-94 mark across all competitions.
But the United was 2-10-7 across all competitions in 2020 with just 13 goals, while the defense had allowed 33 opponent goals.
Ellis, 54, was 106-7-19 in her nine-year stint as USWNT head coach. The United States won World Cups in 2015 at Canada and 2019 at France.
Ellis, who was born in Portsmouth, England, before moving to the United States with her family in 1981, has stayed on with U.S. Soccer in an ambassador role.
She elected to step down as head coach of the USWNT after the 2019 World Cup but stayed on through the team's run of victory tour games. Before taking over the USWNT, she was head coach at Illinois and UCLA. She played college soccer at William & Mary.
--Field Level Media