They’re at every D.C. United home game and even away games cheering on the Black-and-Red. Supporter Groups are a huge factor in creating an electric and intimidating atmosphere at RFK stadium. The District Ultras, La Norte and Club Echa Panza are regular attendees of D.C. United Academy home matches. They come out to these games with banners, flags, drums and an upbeat attitude to cheer on the Academy teams.
“I’ve always thought it was important to support the team from the top to the bottom,” said D.C. United Supporter Dennis Ridgway. “Supporting United doesn’t just stop at the first team. If they pull on the United jersey, they have our full support.”
The D.C. United Academy is full of talented young players that are proud to wear the D.C. United badge while they play the game they love. Hearing the iconic D.C. United cheers as they play home games not only makes for an exciting experience, it gives them a taste of what’s to come. Several first team players such as Bill Hamid, Jalen Robinson, Michael Seaton, Collin Martin and Conor Shanosky are all products of the D.C. United Academy program. The Academy gives players the opportunity to someday play for the first team, but it also gives fans a chance see the future of the D.C. United program.
“It’s really special to our groups to see players like Collin [Martin], Michael [Seaton] and Conor [Shanosky] make it to the first team after watching them make their way through the Academy,” said Ridgway. “Even if a person isn’t a member of a Supporter Group and just a fan of soccer, they should come out to these Academy games. The level of play is amazing. If anyone saw the goal that Christophe Koffi scored at the U-16's game against Match Fit, they would completely agree.”
Every MLS team has an Academy Program. However, not every Academy program can boast that their first team Supporter Groups come out to their games. A regular 11 a.m. league game at Spingarn High School turns into something more when you hear “D.C. United” being chanted in the stands and see the Black-and-Red flags being waved in the air. To have the support from these groups gives the players a little extra push to show their talent and love for the D.C. United badge.
The District Ultras, La Norte and Club Echa Panza use Facebook to organize groups to attend Academy games. Everyone is invited to join and attend these free games that showcase D.C. United Academy players competing at the highest level of youth soccer in the country. The D.C. United Academy schedule can be found ONLINE.
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...
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Thanks again for a fantastic season to all our fans & supporter groups #vamosunited very proud to captain this team. Felt good to be back...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) November 19, 2012
great season, fans the atmosphere tonight was a memorable one. Thank you very much. Bright future we have.
— Nick DeLeon(@NickDeLeon7) November 19, 2012
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) November 19, 2012
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) November 19, 2012
I want say thanks to all our DcUnited fans, YOU guys are great, Very proud of My Teammates,Love play for this Club....
—M.Saragosa (@MarceloSaragosa) November 19, 2012
Over 500 D.C. United fans expected to attend tonight's match at Red Bull Arena.
D.C. United, in partnership with Major League Soccer and the New York Red Bulls, provided free busses and match tickets to United supporters for the team's second leg match versus the Red Bulls. Over 500 fans signed up for the mid-week trek north to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.
Leaders from the Screaming Eagles, Barra Brava, La Norte, and District Ultras helped spread the word and organize the trip.
Busses left from RFK Stadium, Ri-Ra Irish Pub in Arlington, VA, New Carrollton Metro Station in Maryland, and White Marsh Park & Ride in Maryland.
Everyone at D.C. United wishes the fans safe travels. Bring back a win!
— Meg Arby (@arby_26) November 7, 2012
Thank you @dcunited! Busses just left RFK, destination Red Bull Arena.
— David Struyk (@DStruyk) November 7, 2012
— James Armold (@armoldjp) November 7, 2012
A group of fans prepares to board the busses leaving from RFK Stadium.