On November 7, 2012, D.C. United and roughly 700 fans traveled to Red Bull Arena in the midst of a nor'easter. The Black-and-Red, who had switched home game schedules with the New York Red Bulls due to hurricane Sandy, was scheduled to face New York in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. But Mother Nature had other plans. The nor'easter was dumping snow, even with all-hands-on-deck (including MLS Commissioner Don Garber) clearing the field became an impossible task.
Ultimately, MLS officials postponed the game until the following night, which meant 700 cold fans had to trek back to DC. But the DCU faithful would not be silenced. Upwards of 500 repeat travelers headed north on I-95 the following day because D.C. United has the best fans in MLS, and they continue to prove it through thick and thin.
United superlatives continue today, this time with a pair of questions that got a bit of a rise out of the team. First we asked what teammate they would not allow to date their sister, followed up by which teammate they would. The answers may surprise you...
Who would you allow to date your sister? Who do you think the team picked? Let us know in the comments section below.
Are you faithful solely to the Black-and-Red? Or do you support MLS, even when your team has been eliminated? DCU's woeful season has come to an end, but the playoffs continue without us. Who is your second choice to take the Cup in 2013? Are you watching tonight's matches? Below are a few helpful links for following the MLS Cup Playoffs, and click on the bracket to find a printable version for yourself.
This weekend marked the start of the offseason for D.C. United players. Each spent their downtime in a different way, some traveled, others enjoyed quiet time at home. Bill Hamid, United's Homegrown goalkeeper, spent Saturday cheering on DeMatha High School in the WCAC championship match. Before signing with DCU, Hamid attended DeMatha for the 2005-06 school year, during which he earned First-Team All-Maryland honors, First-Team All-Prince George’s County, First-Team All-WCAC and Second-Team Washington Post All-Met honors.
The Stags defeated rival Gonzaga High School 1-0, finishing their season with a winning record (15-4) and a championship to celebrate. After the Match, Hamid congratulated the team, and joined the locker room celebration. Despite a disappointing season for the Black-and-Red, Hamid and DCU had their own locker room celebration after this year's Open Cup victory.
Happy Halloween, United fans! This week's #TBT is brought to you by one of the gnarliest pictures taken this season. In a matchup against Toronto FC at RFK on June 15, DCU defender Daniel Woolard suffered a hard hit to the face. The result? This picture.
Happy Halloween. Hope you don't have nightmares.
Photo Credit: Tony Quinn / dcunited.com
For the third straight season, MLSsoccer.com has kicked off their Pumpkin Carving Contest. Fans are invited to carve their best MLS-themed gourd and submit it for the chance to win one MLS jersey of his/her choice*, and the photo of their pumpkin will be featured on MLSsoccer.com on Halloween.
Here's how to enter:
- Take a picture of of your carved, MLS-themed pumpkin.
- Post the photo on Twitter/Instagram using the hashtag #MLSPumpkin.
- Finally, tell us why you chose the club, player, coach, etc. you carved into your pumpkin.
The winner will be notified on Wednesday, October 30 via direct message on Twitter, or in the comment section of your photo on Instagram.
Check out some of the best #DCU-themed jack-o-lanters from last year
*Non-customizable, pending availability
Happy birthday D.C. United!
In late 1994, several soccer executives gathered in a New York City lunch room and began discussing the name that would adorn a future Major League Soccer club that would call Washington DC home. It was unanimous that the moniker should be true to the traditions and characteristics of soccer worldwide and that the club should be known to bring together disparate communities for matches. D.C. United spoke to all of the desired goals for the franchise name and October 17, 1995, the club came to life with a name, logo and uniforms!
Along with the name, D.C. United carried a tradition of excellence. The Black-and-Red is the winner of 13 major domestic and international titles, including the first ever MLS Cup Championship and this year's US Open Cup. Cheers to the loyal fans who've supported us for the past 18 years, we're proud to call the District our home, and we look forward to many birthdays ahead!
No body can stop us tonight..!! That's our night..let's catch this and bring it to Washington..!! Vamos @dcunited
— Dennis Iapichino (@DennisIapichino) October 1, 2013
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) October 1, 2013
— Dennis Iapichino (@DennisIapichino) September 30, 2013
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) September 30, 2013
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) September 30, 2013
— Jonathan Walker (@walkjrw) September 30, 2013
— David Struyk (@DStruyk) September 30, 2013