The D.C. versus New York is the longest standing rivalry in Major League Soccer. Since the inaugural MLS season, D.C United and the New York Red Bulls (formerly the New York/New Jersey Metrostars)have seen their share of dramatic clashes both in the regular season and playoffs. The name for the competition was not set until 2002 when both the trophy and rivalry was coined the Atlantic Cup.
D.C. United won the cup in 2012, and will visit New York twice and host the Red Bulls once in 2013 as reigning champions. This Saturday at Red Bull Arena (12:30 p.m. EST; NBC), the teams will meet for the first time this season as the quest for the Atlantic Cup begins.
Atlantic Cup Rules and Tiebreakers
- Standings points earned in all MLS regular season head-to-head games between DCU and RBNY
- If even, total goals scored in the matches
- If even, away goals scored in the matches *note this is not applicable in a three-game series in 2013
- If items 1-3 do not determine a victor, the trophy holder (D.C.) retains the Cup
D.C. United has four 2-packs to the 2013 Shamrock Fest at RFK that we'll be giving away on our Facebook page tonight and tomorrow. Entering the sweepstakes is easy:
- Login to Facebook
- LIKE the Official D.C. United page
- LIKE the Official Shamrock Fest page
- Cross your fingers and hope your name is randomly selected!
There will be four winners randomly selected at 6:00 P.M. on March 14. Each winner will receive two tickets to the big event.
Shamrock Fest Details:
Saturday, March 16
RFK Stadium - 1:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Congratulations to Private First Class Andrew Calvert and his fiance, D.C. United wishes you all the best as you start your lives together.
The Black-and-Red had a special guest in the locker room after tonight's match. Lorenzo Alexander, a linebacker for the Washington Redskins attended the game, and joined the team after the match to celebrate the 1-0 victory.
United captain Dwayne De Rosario snaps a pick with Alexander in the team hallway:
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) March 10, 2013
Last year, the Black-and-Red visited a Redskins summer training session in Ashburn, VA. In December 2012, Pontius, Jakovic, White and Scouting Coordinator Kurt Morsink hit FedEx Field for Monday Night Football game versus the New York Giants.
Chris Pontius is a man of many talents. His endless work rate and speed are the perfect combination for a midfielder. His finishing is that of a striker. But tomorrow, he wears a completely different hat. Pontius will present the DC Metro Area with their morning weather report on FOX 5.
Tune in at 8:15 a.m., to see the 2012 MLS All-Star MVP give it a go as a local weatherman. Then join Pontius and the rest of the Black-and-Red on Saturday at RFK when the team hosts Real Salt Lake in the 2013 home opener.
This morning, D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen joined DC 101's Elliot in the Morning show, take a listen:
As in years past, this year, D.C. United Supporters Groups and fans are planning to take over Red Bull Arena. This year, the stakes are higher, the March 16 match will be broadcast live on NBC. All fans are invited, bring your friends and your family, you do not need to have a membership with any specific supporters groups. Full details about the trip below:
D.C. United vs Red Bull New York - Saturday, March 16 - 12:30pm
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Did you watch The Late Show with David Letterman last night? If so, you would have seen Imagine Dragons, an indie rock band out of Las Vegas Nevada. The band is on tour, promoting their debut album Night Visions. After an afternoon taping session in New York City, the group headed south to Silver Spring, Maryland for their show at The Fillmore. After the show, D.C. United was proud to present the band members each with an authentic D.C. United jersey, while we all watched the remainder of The Late Show backstage.
D.C. United would like to send a special thanks to the band, as well as Live Nation and The Fillmore for a great performance and for the support of the Black-and-Red.
WATCH: The Late Show with David Letterman - Full Episode: February 22, 2013 or Imagine Dragon's performance on The Late Show below:
Recently, MLS partnered with an international soccer-art collective called the Futbol Artists Network (FAN), to create a series of club-inspired art as part of a project called #TrueColors. The project asked FAN artists to use the club’s colors, marks, and jersey as inspiration for their pieces.
As part of the #TrueColors project, we’re holding a one-of-a kind contest that gives you the opportunity to express yourself, and your passion for your club, through art.
WIN A JERSEY
There’s a sweet prize at the end for the winner, too. One person will be randomly selected to win the official 2013 jersey of his/her choice courtesy of MLSGear.com, and the winning tweet will be featured on MLSsoccer.com.
It’s simple to participate. Between Feb. 14-19, send a tweet that includes the following four elements:
- The link to an original photo of your artwork, available on public domain (ex: Instagram, Photobucket, Flickr, etc.)
- A brief description of how your artwork is connected to your favorite MLS Club
- The hashtags: #TrueColors and the @handle of your club
- Lastly, make sure your account is following @MLS
The winner will be notified on Twitter by direct message from @MLS on Feb. 22, and announced online thereafter.
Official contest rules: http://www.mlssoccer.com/fans/social-media-giveaway-rules