Sources: DC United Furloughs Some Employees; Others Taking Pay Cuts
DC United has "furloughed a 'handful' of employees as part of belt-tightening amid MLS's shutdown," according to sources cited by Steven Goff of the WASHINGTON POST. Sources said that the number of employees affected was "around six." The employees will "continue to receive health coverage and benefits, and United plans to bring them back." In addition, several members of the soccer operations staff, including manager Ben Olsen and GM & VP/Soccer Operations Dave Kasper, "agreed to defer a portion of their salaries until the economic climate improves." Sources added that "high-ranking members of the front office are accepting pay cuts, not deferments." One club employee said, "Some revenue is going away, and it's not coming back any time soon. This is going to go into 2021." Meanwhile, the club said that it is "donating about $50,000 in food and cash to local nonprofit organizations feeding needy families, including Martha's Table" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/9). Real Salt Lake earlier this week became the first MLS club to make staffing changes due to coronavirus (THE DAILY).