Today's rainy weather takes us back to MLS Cup '97, when a downpour in the District couldn't stop D.C. United from winning its second consecutive League title.
A crowd of 57,431—the second-largest soccer attendance in RFK Stadium history—braved the harsh conditions to watch the Black-and-Red defeat the Colorado Rapids 2-1. Jaime Moreno and Tony Sanneh provided D.C.'s scoring on the night, and Moreno, who was recently inducted in the organization's Hall of Tradition, collected man-of-the-match honors. Following its previous triumph in 1996, United extended its early MLS dominance with its second title in as many years.
"It's an unbelievable feeling," D.C. captain John Harkes told the Washington Post. "What we have accomplished this year is amazing. We've started a tradition here, a tradition in class and style-D.C. United style."
It may not have been the most comfortable night at RFK, but it will certainly be a night that fans and players will never forget.
On July 3, 2004, D.C. United welcomed the New York Metrostars for another Atlantic Cup showdown at RFK Stadium. With the score tied at one, Jaime Moreno stole the ball from Metrostars goalkeeper Jonny Walker and tucked it away for his fourth goal of the season, and certainly one of the more peculiar strikes of his storied career. The Bolivian went on to supply two assists as the Black-and-Red rolled to a 6-2 win over its rivals. Four months later, Moreno helped United win its fourth MLS Cup with two playoff goals and a 90-minute performance in D.C.'s cup-clinching victory over the Kansas City Wizards.
It was also Moreno's fourth title, merely adding to the front man's impressive collection of silverware. In addition to his MLS Cups, the forward won three Supporter's Shields, a U.S. Open Cup, a CONCACAF Champions' Cup and a Copa Interamericana. The Bolivian also earned five MLS Best XI selections and was named to the League's All-Time Best XI in 2005, cementing his legacy as one of MLS's greatest players. Moreno's goal-scoring record also speaks for itself, as his 133 regular season strikes make him the second-leading scorer in League history.
Even after recieving this all-time honor, Moreno continued to play—and score—for five more seasons. In his last game at RFK Stadium, the forward scored from the penalty spot—his 162nd overall goal in his 425th appearance for the Black-and-Red.
From burning Jonny Walker to scoring United's opener in the 1997 MLS Cup, Moreno has always displayed his class on and off the pitch. During halftime of Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Galaxy, D.C. United will formally induct Moreno into the Hall of Tradition. Buy your tickets here and join us for his special day at RFK Stadium.
Jose Carranza, a member of the D.C. United Academy, was called into the U14 National Team camp in Carson, Calif. The Manassas, Va., native currently plays up on the Academy's U-16 team and is ranked as the second-best overall player in the Mid-Atlantic region by Top Drawer Soccer. Previously, the midfielder participated in April's U14 National Team camp at the Home Depot Center as well as the team's trip to Croatia in May, which included international friendlies against Slovenia and Croatia.
Organized by U14 head coach Hugo Perez, the current training camp will run from Aug. 17-25 and feature 31 players from the U14 national pool. For the full US Soccer press release, click here.
Before D.C. United kicks off its game against the New England Revolution, fans at RFK Stadium will be treated to a special rendition of the national anthem from Lissette Escobar of Montgomery County. The recent graduate of Richard Montgomery High School has been a member of the Madrigal Choir at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and even had the opportunity to sing Mass in the Vatican during a school trip to Italy. A long-time fan of D.C. United, Escobar also had an active role in her high school with activities ranging from student government to cheerleading, in addition to membership with the Girl Scouts. This fall, she will attend Catholic University to study economics.
Click here to read Romantica’s full profile of Escobar.
Michael Seaton, a United loanee who has earned a starting role at forward for the Richmond Kickers, is profiled in today's Richmond Times-Dispatch. The 17-year-old local product is the youngest player to feature for the USL-PRO side, and he's looking to build on his recent success after scoring four times in 11 games. In addition to his development on the field, Seaton also discusses his goals, daily routine and how he manages to fit schoolwork into his demanding schedule. To read the full article, click here.
Young Designated Player Rafael, 20, earned his first MLS “Goal of the Week” nomination after tallying a sensational 35-yard strike in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew on Saturday. The goal is also the second-quickest tally in a D.C. United debut start.
The youngest current DP in the League, Rafael inked a deal with the Black-and-Red on Jan. 9 after notching 10 goals in 36 appearances for Bahia (Brazil’s Serie A).
MLSsoccer.com and Howler Magazine have collaborated to create OVERLAP, a digital magazine about North American soccer. Each issue, available on the iPad, will include orginial writing, photography, illustration and audio. The first issue features a profile of Graham Zusi, an essay by George Vecsey of the New York Times, a look back from each MLS Cup winner and many more original stories and work. Click here to download the issue.
After recording seven saves on Saturday in a 0-0 draw with the New York Red Bulls for his second consecutive shutout, Bill Hamid was twice nominated for "MLS Save of the Week" for Week 3. The first save up for contention came in the 67th minute when Hamid pawed away a Tim Cahill volley from inside the six-yard box. The second nomination was perhaps Hamid's most crucial - a clearance off the line in stoppage time to keep the sides even.
A highlight from this past weekend's match at Houston was Bill Hamid. The young United keeper made a handful of spectacular saves, including one that he and defender Chris Korb doubled up for. The save earned Hamid a spot among the finalists for the MLS Save of the Week contest. Watch now and then vote for your Save of the Week!
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At an MLS Jersey Week event last night, a New York Red Bulls fan let everyone know how he/she felt about the Black-and-Red. Weak.
Our supporters, on the other hand, are much more creative.
Oh yeah, remember when United supporters outnumbered New York fans at Red Bull Arena during playoffs last year? Awkward...