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!
On Tuesday, October 22, Outback Steakhouse in Springfield is going Black-and-Red. Our 2013 U.S. Open Cup Trophy Tour is in full-swing, and continues at Outback’s Springfield location from 6:30-8 p.m. Outback will not only play host to our 13th trophy that evening, but will also serve our community through their “Give Back Night.” Everyone at Outback for the Trophy Tour will be giving back to United for D.C., as Outback will donate 10% of the check from our faithful fans to our charitable arm. Simply wear your D.C. United gear or mention D.C. United to your server to participate.
Dave Johnson caught up with Lewis Neal, D.C. United midfielder and U.S. Open Cup hero, then checked out Barra Brava Mini Golf, benefiting United for D.C. and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Last night, the U.S. Open Cup Trophy Tour continued at the Verizon Center. Most of the Black-and-Red showed up to support the Caps, and CSN caught up with Perry Kitchen during the first intermission. Check out the interview above.
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.
22-year-old Homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid opens up to CSN Washington about his development, career aspirations, faith and family. A must-see, behind-the-scenes look at the star who puts his body on the line everyday for the Black-and-Red.
Dave Johnson and Monumental FC look at KeepDCUnited.org's dedication to the Black-and-Red and keeping its team in the District. Then, we go on a journey back to the Open Cup Final, following the team from warm ups to the celebration. This is a must-see video. Make sure you take a look.
Jared Jeffrey put D.C. United up 1-0 over Toronto FC last weekend with a perfectly-placed, long-range curler. The MLS rookie calmly cut the ball onto his left foot, looked up, and put the ball away. Even though United couldn't hold onto the lead, Jeffrey won MLS Goal of the Week for his strike. Congratulations Jared!
After a special and well-deserved U.S. Open Cup victory, Head Coach Ben Olsen chatted with Elliot in the Morning about the magic of that night.