D.C. United

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D.C. United
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Nickname(s)Black-and-Red [1] [2] [3]
FoundedJune 15, 1994;25 years ago (1994-06-15)
Stadium Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
Capacity20,000
Owner D.C. United Holdings
Co–chairmen
Head coach Ben Olsen
League Major League Soccer
2018 Eastern Conference: 4th
Overall: 9th
Playoffs: Knockout round
Website Club website
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D.C. United is an American professional soccer club based in Washington, D.C. The club competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS), the top level of professional American soccer. The franchise began play in 1996 as one of the ten charter clubs of the league. The club was one of the most successful clubs in the early years of MLS, winning eight of its thirteen titles between 1996 and 1998 under then head coach Bruce Arena. United holds the joint MLS record for most Supporters' Shields, has four MLS Cups, and been crowned U.S. Open Cup champions three times. It is also the first club to win both the MLS Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup consecutively. [5]

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Washington, D.C. Capital of the United States

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States and a Founding Father. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, Washington is an important world political capital. The city, located on the Potomac River bordering Maryland and Virginia, is one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million tourists annually.

Eastern Conference (MLS) one of Major League Soccers two conferences

The Eastern Conference is one of Major League Soccer's two conferences.

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On the international stage, D.C. United has competed in both the CONCACAF Champions League and its predecessor, the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. The club won the 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup, making them one of only two MLS teams to ever win a CONCACAF tournament. [6] Subsequently, United won the now-defunct Copa Interamericana in 1998 against Vasco da Gama of Brazil. [7] This is the only intercontinental title won by an MLS club. [8]

CONCACAF Champions League football tournament

The CONCACAF Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organized by CONCACAF for the top football clubs in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League automatically qualifies for the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. The tournament is officially known as the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, since February 2015, due to sponsorship by Scotiabank. The competition has been completed 54 times through the 2019 event, with 56 champions due to a three-way shared title in the 1978 competition.

The 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup was the 34th edition of the annual international club football competition held in the CONCACAF region, the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. It determined that year's club champion of association football in the CONCACAF region.

Copa Interamericana international association football tournament for clubs

The Copa Interamericana was an annual club football competition organized by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) since 1969. It was discontinued in 1998 after CONCACAF clubs, particularly those from Mexico, began participating in CONMEBOL competitions. The Interamerican Cup was founded as a result of the refusal from CONMEBOL and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) of allowing CONCACAF clubs, as well as those from other confederations, to participate in the European/South American Cup, later known as the Toyota Cup and informally called the Intercontinental Cup.

The team's home field from 1996 to 2017 was the 45,596-seat Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, owned by the District of Columbia. The team moved into the new Audi Field, a soccer-specific stadium with a capacity of 20,000 [9] at Buzzard Point just a few blocks from Nationals Park in July 2018. [10] The team is owned by the consortium D.C. United Holdings. The team's head coach is former long-time starting midfielder Ben Olsen, who has coached the team since 2010.

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Multi-purpose stadium in Washington, D.C., United States

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Washington, D.C. It is located about two miles (3 km) due east of the US Capitol building, near the west bank of the Anacostia River and near the D.C. Armory. It opened in 1961.

Audi Field soccer stadium in Washington, D.C. completed in 2018

Audi Field is a soccer-specific stadium in Buzzard Point in Washington, D.C. It is the home stadium for the Major League Soccer team D.C. United and seats 20,000 people.

Soccer-specific stadium Type of sports stadium

Soccer-specific stadium is a term used mainly in the United States and Canada to refer to a sports stadium either purpose-built or fundamentally redesigned for soccer and whose primary function is to host soccer matches, as opposed to a multipurpose stadium which is for a variety of sports. A soccer-specific stadium may host other sporting events and concerts, but the design and purpose of a soccer-specific stadium is primarily for soccer. Some facilities have a permanent stage at one end of the stadium used for staging concerts.

Jaime Moreno, Marco Etcheverry, and Eddie Pope are among the team's most successful stars. D.C. United's fan base includes four supporters' clubs. [11] The club's official nickname is the "Black-and-Red" and home uniforms are black and white with accents of red. The team's name alludes to the "United" appellation commonly found in the names of soccer teams in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. [12]

Jaime Moreno Bolivian footballer

Jaime Moreno Morales is a former Bolivian footballer now serving as Youth Academy Technical Training Coach for D.C. United in Major League Soccer, and as the head coach of D.C. United's U-23 side.

Marco Etcheverry Bolivian footballer

Marco Antonio Etcheverry Vargas is a retired Bolivian footballer who played as a forward. A creative playmaker, he is considered one of the greatest Bolivian players of all time. Etcheverry played for D.C. United of Major League Soccer from 1996 to 2003. He helped D.C United win eight trophies during that time, and was nominated to the MLS Best XI in four consecutive seasons from 1996 to 1999.

Eddie Pope American soccer player

George Edward Pope is a retired American soccer player who last played for Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer and spent eleven years as a defender for the United States national team. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Pope spent most of his career playing for D.C. United.

History

Prior to the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the United States Soccer Federation fulfilled its promise to FIFA by aiding in the foundation of a new professional league. On June 15, 1994, Major League Soccer selected Washington, D.C. out of twenty-two applicants to host one of the first seven teams, with three more added before the league's launch. [13] The team's name was chosen as a reflection of the names of European clubs, such as Manchester United or Leeds United.

1994 FIFA World Cup 1994 edition of the FIFA World Cup

The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th edition of the FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It was hosted by the United States and took place from 17 June to 17 July 1994 at nine venues across the country. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on 4 July 1988. Despite the host nation's lack of soccer tradition, the tournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history; aided by the high-capacity stadiums in the United States, it broke the World Cup average attendance record with more than 69,000 spectators per game, a mark that still stands. The total attendance of nearly 3.6 million for the final tournament remains the highest in World Cup history, despite the expansion of the competition from 24 to 32 teams, which was first introduced at the 1998 World Cup and is the current format.

United States Soccer Federation official governing body of soccer in the United States

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. With headquarters in Chicago, the FIFA member governs U.S. amateur and professional soccer, including the men's, women's, youth, beach soccer, futsal, and Paralympic national teams. U.S. Soccer sanctions referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States. The U.S. Soccer Federation also administers and operates the U.S. Open Cup, which was first held in 1914.

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.

D.C. United won the 2004 Eastern Conference championship in what has been called one of the best games in MLS history. DC United post-game victory celebration (RFK Memorial Stadium, 06-11-2004).jpg
D.C. United won the 2004 Eastern Conference championship in what has been called one of the best games in MLS history.

On April 6, 1996, D.C. United played in the league's inaugural match against the San Jose Clash in Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California. [13] In the league's early years, D.C. was the most successful of all the teams in MLS. In their first year, coach Bruce Arena led the team to the first "double" in modern U.S. soccer history by beating the Los Angeles Galaxy in the first MLS Cup and the Rochester Raging Rhinos of the USL First Division in the 1996 U.S. Open Cup. D.C. repeated its MLS Cup victory in 1997 against the Colorado Rapids, in front of a home crowd at RFK Stadium. The team also experienced early success in CONCACAF competitions, winning both the Champions' Cup and the Interamerican Cup in 1998. [5]

San Jose, California City in California, United States

San Jose, officially the City of San José, is the economic, cultural and political center of Silicon Valley, and the largest city in Northern California. With an estimated 2017 population of 1,035,317, it is the third-most populous city in California and the tenth-most populous in United States. Located in the center of the Santa Clara Valley, on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay, San Jose covers an area of 179.97 square miles (466.1 km2). San Jose is the county seat of Santa Clara County, the most affluent county in California and one of the most affluent counties in the United States. San Jose is the main component of the San Jose–Sunnyvale–Santa Clara Metropolitan Statistical Area, with an estimated population of around 2 million residents in 2018. It is also the most populous city in both the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area, which contain 7.7 million and 8.7 million people respectively.

Bruce Arena American soccer coach

Bruce Arena is an American soccer coach who is currently is the head coach and sporting director of the New England Revolution. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the NJCAA Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Arena has had a long and distinguished coaching career and is considered to be one of the most successful coaches in North American soccer history, having won five College Cup titles and five MLS Cup titles. He was head coach of the U.S. at the 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, head coach of the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United, and LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer, and coached the University of Virginia to several college soccer championships. He is the U.S. soccer team's longest-serving head coach.

MLS Cup championship match of Major League Soccer

The MLS Cup is the post-season championship game of Major League Soccer (MLS). The winner is crowned champion in the same manner as in other North American sports leagues. This differs from other top soccer leagues around the world which consider the club with the most points at the end of the season to be the sole champion. MLS honors that achievement with the Supporters' Shield. A U.S.-based team that wins the MLS Cup is awarded one of that country's berths in the following year's CONCACAF Champions League.

Clyde Simms in 2009 Clyde Simms cropped.jpg
Clyde Simms in 2009

In October 1998, Arena left DC United to coach the U.S. men's national team. Arena's departure marked the beginning of a downturn in the team's fortunes. [14] While the club again won the MLS Cup in 1999 under coach Thomas Rongen, lackluster results in 2000 and 2001 led to Rongen's departure and his replacement by Ray Hudson in 2002. The team did not, however, fare much better under Hudson, and Piotr Nowak replaced him before the start of the 2004 season. [15] The club's first season under Nowak was marred by injuries in the early going, and some players were known to have complained about Nowak's methods. [16] Nevertheless, a strong finish, assisted in large measure by the late-season acquisition of Argentine midfielder Christian Gómez, who helped to propel United into the playoffs as the second seed. There they advanced past the New England Revolution on penalty kicks in what has been called one of the best games in MLS history. [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] United then defeated the Kansas City Wizards to win their fourth MLS Cup. [5] United's attendance record at RFK Stadium is 54,282, in a match against the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 2001. [22] [23]

On November 18, 2003, MLS made sports history by signing Freddy Adu, a 14-year-old soccer prodigy and on January 16, 2004, he was officially selected by United with the first pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. When Adu entered United's regular-season opener as a second-half substitute on April 3, 2004, he became the youngest player in any professional sport in the United States since 1887. [24] On December 11, 2006, D.C. United traded Adu and goalkeeper Nick Rimando to Real Salt Lake in exchange for a major allocation, goalkeeper Jay Nolly, and future considerations. [25]

In 2005, the club again made MLS history by becoming the first United States-based team to participate in Copa Sudamericana, entering in the Round of sixteen. [26] Since 2006, United has played well against international competition, beating Scottish champions Celtic F.C. and drawing Real Madrid in Seattle. In addition, the 2006 MLS All-Star Team, which included eight United players and was managed by United's manager Piotr Nowak, defeated English champions Chelsea. [15] In 2006 and 2007, United became the first club in league history to win the MLS Supporters' Shield consecutively.

Since winning back-to-back Shields in 2006 and 2007, the club failed to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs five years in a row. During this stretch, United's lone major title came in 2008, when they won the U.S. Open Cup. In league play during the 2008 and 2009 campaigns, United faltered at the tail-end of each season, ultimately causing them to miss out on the playoffs. They had a poor 2010 MLS season, winning only six matches, drawing four and losing 20. In 2011, United again failed to qualify for the playoffs in the second to last week of the campaign. In 2012, United returned to the playoffs for the first time in five years, clinching a berth in the second-to-last week of the season. [27]

D.C. United tallied a total of only three wins in the 2013 season, setting a record for fewest wins in league history. [28] Despite the team's poor showing in league play, D.C. United defeated Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup final. [29] This qualified the team to participate in the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League. [29] In 2014, D.C. United executed a historic turnaround by clinching first place in the Eastern Conference, which also earned the team its second consecutive Champions League berth. [30]

Colors and badge

The team's colors and original logo were announced on October 17, 1995, along with those of the other ten original teams during a presentation in New York City. [13] Black and white are D.C. United's primary colors, though the team's nickname is the "Black-and-Red." Red is used to accent the home jersey while white is the main color of the team's road uniform. The three stripes along the shoulder – in white at home and black on the road – do not represent the three jurisdictions of the Washington Metropolitan Area (Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia); rather, they represent the fact that the team's uniforms are made by Adidas. United's shirt sponsor is Reston, Virginia defense company Leidos. [31] In 2011, the team introduced a predominantly red third uniform with black accents to be worn four or more times in the season. [32] The team has also previously used white road uniforms with red stripes; white and red are the colors of the flag of Washington, D.C., and the stripes are also reminiscent of those used on the flag.

The team's original shield was implemented in 1996 consisting of the team's name, D.C. United, above a black bald eagle facing right on a red field, clawing three soccer balls overlaid on three white stars. The three stars and balls were intended to represent the region's three jurisdictions. The bird, associated with the federal government based in Washington, D.C., symbolizes many of the attributes of the team, including speed and power. The logo was redesigned before the 1998 season. This second logo design reoriented the eagle facing left, and removed the three stars below it, whose metaphor was retained by three raised wing feathers. At the center of the eagle is a single gold-colored star and soccer ball, which represents the team's victory in Major League Soccer's inaugural cup in 1996. [33] The logo can also be adorned with four silver stars above it, representing the MLS Cups the team has won.

On December 10, 2015, D.C. United unveiled an updated logo designed by Peter Horridge, featuring a D.C. flag-inspired design across the eagle, an updated wordmark, and more dynamic wings. [34] [35]

Uniform evolution

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1996–2001
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2004–2005
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2006–2007
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2008–2009
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2012–2013
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2014–2016
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2017
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1996–1997
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1998–1999
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2000–2002
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2003–2004
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2005
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2006–2007
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2008–2009
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2010–2011
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2012–2014
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2015–2016
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1997–1998
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1999–2001
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2003
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2007
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2011–2012

Sponsorship

SeasonManufacturerSponsorRef.
1996–2001 Adidas MasterCard [36]
2002–2004
2005–2007 Sierra Mist
2008–2013 Volkswagen [37]
2014–present Leidos [38]

Leidos was announced as the main jersey sponsor on February 24, 2014, for a multi-year agreement, [39] replacing the previous sponsor Volkswagen Group of America. Other sponsors include Adidas, Chipotle Mexican Grill, GEICO, Verizon Wireless, and Papa John's Pizza. [40]

Stadium

Audi Field

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D.C. United moved to Audi Field in 2018

Audi Field is a soccer-specific stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest, Washington, D.C., and has a capacity of 20,000. It hosted its first game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 14, 2018. [41] The stadium's naming rights are owned by Audi, who signed a 12-year contract in February 2017. [42] It was designed by Populous [43] and Marshall Moya Design. [44]

Plans for a new stadium dated back to July 2006, when D.C. United proposed building a new stadium along the Anacostia River near Anacostia Park, but disputes with the city government forced the team to consider other sites. [10] [45]

The tentative deal for the stadium was announced on July 25, 2013 which would see a 20,000–25,000 seat stadium built on the site, costing $300 million. [46] [47] It was signed into law on December 30, 2014. [48] Groundbreaking began on February 27, 2017 [49] and the ribbon cutting was on July 9, 2018. [50]

RFK Stadium (1996–2017)

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RFK Stadium was the first home to D.C. United.

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (RFK) was home to D.C. United, from the club's inaugural season in 1996, until the end of the 2017 season. The D.C. United Training Complex is located north of the stadium, and is where the Reserve Division team plays. [51]

RFK was built in 1961 as a dual-use stadium for baseball and American football. Before 1996, it occasionally hosted soccer matches, including the 1980 Soccer Bowl, the 1993 Supercoppa Italiana, and five matches during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. When the Washington Nationals baseball team shared the field from 2005 to 2007, there were criticisms about the playing surface and the dimensions of the field. [52]

Other stadiums

Several regional university stadiums have been used by the team for Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, including Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1996, [53] and George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Virginia in 2010. [54] Similarly, the team has also used the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Maryland for multiple early-round games in U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions' Cup since it opened in 2001. [55] [56] [57] On April 14, 2018 D.C. United played an MLS game against Columbus Crew SC at the Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland while Audi Field was being constructed. [58] Exhibition games, [59] as well as occasional regular season matches, [60] have also been played in nearby FedExField in Landover, Maryland; the latter have generally been played as part of doubleheaders featuring friendlies between national teams or foreign clubs.

Club culture

Supporters and mascot

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D.C. United's mascot, Talon.
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Supporters display a tifo supporting head coach Ben Olsen (drawn to lampoon Rambo) during a regular season match against FC Dallas

D.C. United has three major supporters groups; La Barra Brava, the Screaming Eagles and the District Ultras. [61] Each group has a designated section of the home stadium. La Barra Brava, Spanish for "The Brave Fans", was founded in 1995 by Latino fans in the Washington, D.C. area, mostly Bolivian immigrants in support of original United players Marco Etcheverry and Jaime Moreno. They seek to bring a South American style to home games. [62] All four clubs host public tailgates before home matches, and are known for singing during games. [63] La Norte, which takes its name from its location on the north side of the stadium, is noted for its streamers, large drum, and harassment of the opposition. [64]

D.C. United's mascot is Talon, an anthropomorphic bald eagle. [65]

Rivalries

D.C. United's primary rival is the New York Red Bulls. The two teams compete annually for the Atlantic Cup, a competition instituted by the two clubs. The cup is awarded to the team that gets the most points across the teams' meetings throughout the season. D.C. United also has a burgeoning rivalry with the Philadelphia Union as the two teams represent two cities separated by only 120 miles. [66] [67] D.C. United is also unique among MLS teams for its rivalry with the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer Leagues, as they compete every time they face one another for the Coffee Pot Cup, a trophy established by the two sides' supporters. [68]

Ownership

When the league was founded in 1995, billionaire investor George Soros was the primary financial backer and director of Washington Soccer L.P., the group that owned the operating rights to D.C. United. [69] Kevin Payne, former President of Soccer USA Partners and current CEO of D.C. United, was instrumental in organizing this ownership group. By 1998 the group was looking for new investors, and on February 15, 2001, it agreed to sell the team to Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), founded by Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz, with AEG exercising its option to become the sole investor-operator on January 8, 2002. [13] AEG, who also own Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo, ran the team until 2007.

In May 2007, United entered into an initial one-year strategic partnership with Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro. The goal of the partnership is to enhance the sporting and commercial success of the respective clubs by sharing expertise and experience as well as creating new opportunities for the clubs in both areas. [70]

On January 8, 2007, the operating rights to D.C. United were sold to D.C. United Holdings, a newly formed group venture that included real estate developer Victor MacFarlane, founder of MacFarlane Partners, and William H.C. Chang, chairman of Westlake International Group. Other investors included D.C. United president Kevin Payne and Blue Devil Development, headed by former Duke basketball players Brian Davis and Christian Laettner. [71] In April 2009, Victor MacFarlane sold his share of the team to his partner William Chang after two stadium proposals had fallen through. [72] In October 2009, Chang also bought out Davis and Laettner to fully control the team. [73] Chang is also one of the primary investors of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants. [13] In July 2012, Erick Thohir and Jason Levien, minority owners of the Philadelphia 76ers National Basketball Association franchise, joined Chang as partners. Thohir and Levin stated their primary goals are to make United a global brand and build a soccer-specific stadium for the club. [74]

Broadcasting

Television

Beginning with the 2019 season, rights to D.C. United matches not covered by one of MLS' national television partners (ESPN, FS1, and Univision) are held by FloSports. D.C. United joined Chicago Fire and Los Angeles FC in selling their local rights to a subscription over-the-top service rather than a traditional television broadcaster. Commentators are Dave Johnson and Devon McTavish. [75]

Comcast SportsNet Washington held television rights from 1996 through 2015, dating back to its time as Home Team Sports. In CSN's final three-year deal, which was not completed until five games into the 2013 season, it was to show a minimum of 16 matches per season. [76] The team became frustrated that late-season and playoff matches were often relegated to the network's secondary "CSN+" feed or not televised at all due to scheduling conflicts with the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards, leading them to seek a new deal for the 2016 season. [77]

The 2016 contract was awarded to Sinclair Broadcast Group, who placed their games on local cable channel WJLA 24/7 News (previously NewsChannel 8). To replicate the regional coverage that CSN had, Sinclair syndicated games to a network of their stations in Virginia and Baltimore in 2016. The network was reduced to just WUPV (channel 65) in Richmond for the final two seasons of the contract. [78] [79] [77] Two matches in the 2017 season were moved to free TV in Washington, on Sinclair ABC affiliate WJLA-TV. No such broadcasts were scheduled for the 2018 season. [80] [78]

Radio

D.C. United's first radio partner was WMET (1160 AM), which picked up coverage in 2003. For the 2009 season, games moved to WTOP (1050 AM), but the station did not renew its deal and the team went the next four seasons without English-language radio. Tony Limarzi was the commentator. [81] [82]

WACA (1540 AM) broadcast commentary in Spanish from the team's founding through the 2009 season. [83] In 2010, coverage moved to WDCN-LP (87.7 FM) through the end of the 2012 season. [84]

Coverage in both languages returned for the 2014 season, as D.C. United entered into a four-year deal with CBS Radio, including English commentary on WJFK-FM (106.7 FM) or WJFK (1580 AM) and Spanish on WLZL-HD2 (107.9 FM-HD2). [85] [86]

The contract with CBS Radio expired after the 2017 season, and the team currently does not have any radio coverage.

Players

Current roster

As of August 6, 2019 [87]
Bill Hamid was D.C.'s first Academy signing. BillHamid (cropped).jpg
Bill Hamid was D.C.'s first Academy signing.
No.PositionPlayerNation
1 Goalkeeper Chris Seitz Flag of the United States.svg  United States
3 Defender Chris Odoi-Atsem Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4 Midfielder Russell Canouse Flag of the United States.svg  United States
5 Midfielder Júnior Moreno Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela
6 Defender Marquinhos Pedroso Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
7 Midfielder Paul Arriola (DP)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
8 Midfielder Ulises Segura Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
9 Forward Wayne Rooney (DP)Flag of England.svg  England
10 Midfielder Luciano Acosta Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
11 Midfielder Lucas Rodríguez (DP; on loan from Estudiantes)Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
13 Defender Frédéric Brillant Flag of France.svg  France
14 Forward Ola Kamara Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
15 Defender Steve Birnbaum Flag of the United States.svg  United States
17 Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
18 Midfielder Felipe Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
19 Midfielder Gordon Wild (GA)Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
20 Defender Jalen Robinson (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
22 Forward Griffin Yow (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
23 Defender Donovan Pines (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
24 Goalkeeper Bill Hamid (on loan from Midtjylland)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
25 Forward Quincy Amarikwa Flag of the United States.svg  United States
26 Forward Antonio Bustamante (HG)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
28 Defender Joseph Mora Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
29 Defender Leonardo Jara (on loan from Boca Juniors)Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
36 Goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. Flag of the United States.svg  United States
91 Defender Oniel Fisher Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica

Out on loan

No.PositionPlayerNation
21 Midfielder Chris Durkin (on loan to Sint-Truiden)Flag of the United States.svg  United States

D.C. United Academy

The D.C. United Academy is the youth and development program for D.C. United. The program consists of four levels: the under-23 and under-20 teams, as well as the Academy (U-18/17 & U-16/15) and Pre-Academy teams (U-14, U-13). While the U-23 team plays in the fourth tier, USL Premier Development League, the U-20 team plays in the Super-20 League, and the Academy and Pre-Academy teams play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy leagues.

Notable players to have graduated from the D.C United Academy include Bill Hamid, who has been called up by the U.S. national team, and Andy Najar, who has been capped for Honduras. [88] [89]

Team management

Ben Olsen took over head coaching duties in August 2010. Ben Olsen.jpg
Ben Olsen took over head coaching duties in August 2010.
Front Office
Senior Vice President, Business & Legal AffairsSamuel Porter
Chief Revenue OfficerAndy Bush
Vice President EventsHarry Hardy
Vice President FinanceGregory Burie
General Manager & VP of Soccer Operations Dave Kasper
Technical DirectorStewart Mairs
Coaching Staff
Head Coach Ben Olsen
Assistant Coach Chad Ashton
Assistant CoachNolan Sheldon
Goalkeeping Coach Zach Thornton

Last updated: July 30, 2019
Source: D.C. United front office page

Head coaching history

NameNatTenureHonors
Bruce Arena Flag of the United States.svg  USA 1996–1998 1996 U.S. Open Cup; 1996 MLS Cup
1997 MLS Cup; 1997 MLS Supporters' Shield
1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup; 1998 Copa Interamericana
Thomas Rongen Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED 1999–2001 1999 MLS Cup; 1999 MLS Supporters' Shield
Ray Hudson Flag of England.svg  ENG 2002–2003None
Piotr Nowak Flag of Poland.svg  POL 2004–2006 2004 MLS Cup
2006 MLS Supporters' Shield
Tom Soehn Flag of the United States.svg  USA 2007–2009 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield
2008 U.S. Open Cup
Curt Onalfo Flag of the United States.svg  USA 2010None
Ben Olsen Flag of the United States.svg  USA 2010–present 2013 U.S. Open Cup

Honors

D.C. United trophy collection as of 2007. D.C. United trophy case.jpg
D.C. United trophy collection as of 2007.
Continental
CompetitionsTitlesSeasons
CONCACAF Champions League [90] 1 1998

Copa Interamericana (defunct)

1

1998

National
CompetitionsTitlesSeasons
MLS Cup [91] 4 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004
Supporters' Shield [91] 4 1997, 1999, 2006, 2007
U.S. Open Cup 3 1996, 2008, 2013

Record

Player records

Statistics below show the all-time regular-season club leaders. Bold indicates active D.C. United players.

Jaime Moreno holds most of D.C. United's offensive records. JaimeMoreno20080803.JPG
Jaime Moreno holds most of D.C. United's offensive records.
As of January 4, 2016 [92]
CategoryRecord holderTotal
Games Flag of Bolivia.svg Jaime Moreno 329
Goals Flag of Bolivia.svg Jaime Moreno 131
Assists Flag of Bolivia.svg Jaime Moreno 102
Penalty-kick goals Flag of Bolivia.svg Jaime Moreno 42
Game-winning goals Flag of Bolivia.svg Jaime Moreno 26
Hat tricks Flag of El Salvador.svg Raúl Díaz Arce
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dwayne De Rosario
Flag of the United States.svg Chris Pontius
2
Shutouts Flag of the United States.svg Bill Hamid 38
Wins Flag of the United States.svg Bill Hamid 50

Team MVP

DatesNameNation
2004 Jaime Moreno Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia
2005 Christian Gómez Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
2006 Christian Gómez Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
2007 Luciano Emilio Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
2008 Jaime Moreno Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia
2009 Clyde Simms Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2010 Andy Najar Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras
2011 Dwayne De Rosario Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
2012 Chris Pontius Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2013 Perry Kitchen Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2014 Fabián Espíndola Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
2015 Chris Rolfe Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2016 Steve Birnbaum Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2017 Bill Hamid Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2018 Wayne Rooney [93] Flag of England.svg  England

MLS All-Time Best XI

Four players who were with D.C. United during the 1990s were chosen in 2005 as members of the MLS All-Time Best XI:

Hall of Tradition

In 2003, D.C. United introduced the "Hall of Tradition" (formerly "Tradition of Excellence"), an honor bestowed upon players, coaches & front office staff deemed by United to have been crucial to the team's success. [94] People are listed in the order in which they joined the club.

Banners for the "Hall of Tradition" members are displayed at RFK Stadium. D.C. United Hall of Tradition.jpg
Banners for the "Hall of Tradition" members are displayed at RFK Stadium.
NamePos / RoleYearsInducted
Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Agoos DF1996–00October 16, 2008
Flag of El Salvador.svg Raúl Díaz Arce FW1996–97; 2000September 2, 2009
Betty D'AnjolellExecutive1995–98June 29, 2008
Danilo Noel DirónBroadcaster1997–08September 2, 2009
Flag of Bolivia.svg Marco Etcheverry MF1996–03October 20, 2007
Flag of the United States.svg John Harkes MF1996–98May 14, 2003
Flag of Bolivia.svg Jaime Moreno FW1996–02
2004–10
September 14, 2013
Flag of the United States.svg Ben Olsen MF1998–09September 15, 2012
Kevin Payne President/CEO1994–01
2004–12
October 2, 2015
Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Pope DF1996–02July 18, 2010
Flag of the United States.svg Richie Williams MF1996–00, 2002October 15, 2011

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