The United States’ Josh Wolff (16z) and Honduras’ Maynor Figueroa battle for the ball during the first half of their Gold Cup semifinal match at Giants Stadium on July 21, 2005, in East Rutherford, N.J. (File photo)
Parkview grad Josh Wolff made a switch in his coaching career this week, going from D.C. United to the Columbus Crew.
Wolff, twice a World Cup player for the U.S. during his playing career, was an assistant coach at D.C. United, his last Major League Soccer club before retirement, for the past two seasons. But the 36-year-old accepted an assistant coaching position this week with the Crew, which allows him to work with new head coach Gregg Berhalter.
“In Josh, we are adding a coach with a very good eye for offensive development,” Berhalter said in a team release. “He will complement the coaching staff nicely as he’s a young coach with a bright mind and a playing career that demonstrated his intelligence on the field.”
Wolff played professional soccer for 15 seasons, winning the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup titles as a 1998 rookie, when he tied a then-MLS rookie scoring record with eight goals. He also played for the Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United during his long MLS career, which saw him tally 94 goals.
He also played two seasons with Germany’s 1860 Munich, where one of his teammates was Berhalter. In an interview with TheCrew.com, Wolff talked about his coaching move and reuniting with his former teammate.
“I think you learn a lot about yourself as a player and as a coach, I think you mature on both of those fronts,” Wolff said. “Having been around Gregg as a young player and an older player, his leadership, his detail, his discipline and his commitment is as real as it gets in all those categories. That said, he has a great ambition and he’s very forward thinking. He’s an intellect. For where the sport is now and where it’s going, those things run hand in hand. Without that, you’d be nothing.
“It’s a great opportunity here in Columbus. For me to be part of that, I’m excited to be on his staff.”
Wolff also earned 52 caps with the U.S. National Team from 1999-2008, including the two World Cup appearances. He also played for the U.S. in the 2000 Olympics.