Josh Wolff making gradual transition from player to coach with United

Last year, in his first season with United, Wolff recorded a respectable five goals and seven assists in 30 matches (23 starts). Yet he has only been featured in seven of the club’s first 18 games this year, cracking the starting 11 just once. For the past three contests, Wolff has traded in his warm-up jacket for a polo shirt, exclusively manning the bench as a coach after being left off the 18-man game-day roster.

The reduced playing time, of course, is an inevitable development as Wolff shifts toward becoming more coach than player. And it’s a circumstance he knew would be arriving sooner rather than later.

“It is what it is,” Wolff said. “That’s the fine line. I think I have obviously that respect for this organization and Ben and the coaching staff to present that in the right way, but the job and the goals are of the team and to better this group. If it’s including myself in an 18 or an 11, it is. If not, that’s life.”

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