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By ESPN Staff

MLS official: Nowak out as D.C. United's coach

WASHINGTON -- D.C. United and Peter Nowak are parting ways after three seasons, with assistant Tom Soehn becoming the new head coach, according to an official within MLS.

Soehn will be presented at a news conference Thursday, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the move.

Nowak, whose contract was expiring, leaves with a 42-27-25 record. He led the team to the 2004 MLS Cup title in his first season, but the following two seasons were soured by disappointments in the playoffs.

In 2005, United were upset by Chicago in the first round. This year, United had a 14-game regular season unbeaten streak and were favored to reach the championship game again, but they lost 1-0 to New England in the Eastern Conference final.

Nowak's tenure in Washington was often overshadowed by the plight of teenager Freddy Adu, who joined the league at age 14 with great fanfare the same year that Nowak came to United. Nowak and Adu had several public disputes over playing time; Adu was traded to Real Salt Lake earlier this month.

Soehn was an assistant with the Chicago Fire before coming to United with Nowak three years ago. Soehn played five years in the league as a defender with Dallas and Chicago.