The D.C. United family is vast and adorned with a myriad of accolades. Since its inception in the MLS in 1996, United have epitomized success and glory. They’ve claimed the prestigious MLS Cup four times, the Supporters’ Shield four times, and etched their name on the U.S. Open Cup thrice. Their presence on the global football map was affirmed when they snatched the CONCACAF Champions League trophy in 1998, the first-ever for an MLS team.
The Players: A Constellation of Stars
Over the years, D.C. United has been a magnet for top-notch footballers, drawing talent from every corner of the globe. Legends like Jaime Moreno from Bolivia, Marco Etcheverry, and American stars such as Eddie Pope have graced the pitch wearing the iconic black and red.
Our stars have also had journeys elsewhere. British striker Wayne Rooney, after a legendary tenure with Manchester United and a stint at Everton, added his charisma to the D.C. United lineup. Similarly, Argentine player Luciano Acosta brought his flair from Boca Juniors and later on moved to the top-tier French club, Paris Saint-Germain.
Friend or Foe: The Intense Rivalries
D.C. United’s journey has been intensified by several fiery rivalries. The Atlantic Cup clash against the New York Red Bulls generates palpable excitement each season. Internationally, United’s skirmishes with LD Alajuelense in the CONCACAF Champions League have been the stuff of legends. We can’t forget the long-standing local feud with Philadelphia Union either, which has given rise to some classic games that have kept fans at the edge of their seats.
Audi Field: The Fortress
D.C. United calls the magnificent Audi Field home. This soccer-specific stadium in Buzzard Point offers a unique, immersive experience.
For those who love to chant with the crowd, the Standing Room Only section is a budget-friendly option, with tickets generally priced around $35.
The East Sideline seats are a wonderful mid-range choice, with the pricing typically around $55 to $66. It’s the perfect blend of affordability and an excellent view of the game.
For the ultimate luxury, consider the Field Level seats, where you’ll be up close with the action. Priced around $140, these are for those who want a premium experience.
And don’t forget, being a part of the vibrant Screaming Eagles, Barra Brava, or the District Ultras will amplify your match day experience.
Let the Whistle Blow
So, are you ready to join the United family? There’s an undeniable thrill in witnessing the game firsthand. From the roar of the crowd, to the camaraderie among fans, to the adrenaline-pumping action on the pitch, it’s a spectacle that simply can’t be replicated on a screen. Come along, let’s paint the town black and red, and let the love for soccer unite us all at Audi Field. You’re in for a treat this season!
Some More Details
- First MLS Game: D.C. United played in the very first game in MLS history. On April 6, 1996, United faced the San Jose Clash in front of a sold-out Spartan Stadium in California.
- Golden Boot Winners: Two D.C. United players, Jaime Moreno (1997) and Luciano Emilio (2007), have won the MLS Golden Boot, awarded to the top goal scorer each season.
- First Female GM in MLS History: In 2018, D.C. United appointed Lucy Rushton as the General Manager, making her the first female GM in MLS history.
- Youngest Scorer: At 14 years and 320 days old, D.C. United’s Freddy Adu became the youngest scorer in MLS history in 2004.
- Audi Field’s Green Initiative: Audi Field is a LEED-certified stadium, which means it was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance in environmental health and energy savings. It’s one of the few soccer-specific stadiums in the U.S. to achieve this distinction.
- Presidential Attendance: U.S. Presidents have been known to attend D.C. United games. In 1996, then-President Bill Clinton attended the inaugural MLS match between D.C. United and San Jose Clash.
- Charity Work: The team is known for their community efforts, which are organized through D.C. United’s own charitable organization, United for D.C. The foundation focuses on health and wellness, literacy, and youth soccer opportunities for underprivileged areas of the D.C. region.