Story at a glance
- D.C. United is reportedly hiring Lucy Rushton as their general manager, the first female MLS general manager since 1999.
- Rushton is coming to the team from Atlanta where she was head of video and technical analysis for five years.
- The move raises the profile of female sports executives.
D.C. United is hiring Lucy Rushton as MLS's second female general manager reported several outlets citing unnamed sources, replacing Dave Kasper, who is going on to become the club’s new president of soccer operations.
Rushton will be one of the highest-ranking female club executives in the MLS, the second after Lynne Meterparel, who was general manager for San Jose in 1999 until 2000. But hers isn’t the only historic hire the team has made in the last year.
In December, United hired Danita Johnson as president of business operations, making her the first black person to serve as an MLS team president. She and Rushton are joining the growing ranks of women breaking into male-dominated leadership positions in professional sports, including Kim Ng, who became the highest-ranking female executive in baseball earlier this year.
Neither D.C. nor Atlanta United, where Rushton was head of video and technical analysis for five years have commented publicly on the hiring, which was first reported by Sportico.
READ MORE STORIES FROM CHANGING AMERICA