When D.C. United takes the field for tonight’s game against the New England Revolution, the team will be doing so on a fresh pitch. The re-sodding process began two weeks ago following United’s international friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara, and a maintenance crew has been working around the clock to install the new turf.
Workers began the process by stripping the old grass and delivering approximately 18 truckloads of fresh sod from North Carolina. The specialized crew, who also traveled from North Carolina, started laying out the grass early last week during long shifts in the D.C. heat. They rolled out the final piece of sod last Friday, giving the field about a week for the roots to take hold and grow into a playable pitch. Compared to past re-soddings, this year’s crew had one less week to grow the field, but players seemed pleased with the pitch during Friday morning’s training session at RFK Stadium.
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.
D.C. United's long and challenging search for a home of its own, has been a whirlwind. Each day a new prospect, another hurdle. A single constant has stood by in confident support, and with unwavering passion. That constant has been our fans.
It is with deep pride and an overwhelming sense of gratitude that we present this week's #TBT in honor of the best fans in MLS. We are here to stay.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 25, 2013
— Clinton Yates (@clintonyates) July 25, 2013
— ScreamingEagles (@ScreamingEagles) July 25, 2013
— Kyle Sheldon (@kylesheldon) July 25, 2013
— JeremyMikell (@JeremyMikell) July 25, 2013
— Elayne C. Burke (@chatelainedc) July 25, 2013
— ben (@beardyblue) July 25, 2013
Couldn't be happier for our supporters today. They deserve this stadium more than anyone. #vamosunited
— Daniel Woolard (@Woolard21) July 25, 2013
Fantastic news about the stadium! So many supporters, staff, and players have waited a long time for this and couldn't be happier for them
— Taylor Kemp (@Tkemp02) July 25, 2013
I have to go to @dcunited home opener in the new stadium. Can't wait!
— Chris Bush (@CBush14) July 25, 2013
(Shanosky's goal starts around 1:58)
Conor Shanosky headed home a free kick to put Richmond up 2-0 over Vancouver Whitecaps Reserves; the final score was 2-1.
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 24, 2013
63' RICHMOND KICKERS GOAL! CONOR SHANOSKY heads in a Nate Robinson free kick! Richmond leading 2:0! #GoKickers
— Richmond Kickers (@RichmondKickers) July 24, 2013
Collin Martin earned his first professional start!
— ben (@beardyblue) July 23, 2013
Additionally, all four DCU loanees on the West Coast trip started the match for the Kickers.
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 23, 2013
Last Sunday, the United States Men's National Team beat El Salvador in Baltimore. While D.C. United's Bill Hamid was training with the squad at M&T Bank Stadium, he "payed homage" to Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Lucky for us, Brek Shea caught it all on camera!
— Brek Shea (@BrekShea) July 22, 2013
Good luck to Bill Hamid and the rest of the USMNT tonight against Honduras at Cowboys Stadium.
In the 58th minute of Saturday's match, Luis Silva received a pass from Perry Kitchen, turned, took his space and hit a spectacular, long-range shot. The match against the Fire was Silva's MLS debut for D.C. United, and although DCU dropped the match, his goal was definitely a bright spot. Make sure to cast your vote for Silva for Week 21 Goal of the Week!
Last year, Chris Pontius and D.C. United presented the Washington Wizards' John Wall a personalized jersey. The point guard has been seen around the country, sporting the Black-and-Red kit, and was most recently spotted in Las Vegas.
— Row (@richie_row) July 22, 2013
Chris Pontius presents John Wall with a D.C. United jersey in 2012.
For one day only, D.C. United is offering our Twitter followers the chance to win an autographed 2013 jersey. It's easy to enter, all you have to do is:
- Visit Twitter.com/dcunited on or before Sunday, July 22
- Follow us (if you aren't already)!
One fan will be randomly selected on Monday, July 22 as the grand prize winner. Thanks for your continued support of the Black-and-Red.