March Madness is real people. The competitive juices are flowing not only on the field for DCU, but in the locker room. Captain Bobby Boswell organized a team bracket challenge, and we took it a step further. We chose three MLS veterans and three youngsters to compete against each other (editor's note: I'm rooting for team #Youngsters). So, here are the teams. The #Veterans: Centerback Bobby Boswell (31), Left Back Sean Franklin (29 as of today-- Happy Birthday @SFranklin5!), and Midfielder Chris Pontius (26). The #Youngsters: Midfielder Collin Martin (19), Centerback Steven Birnbaum (23), and Left Back Taylor Kemp (23).
Each morning, we will update the brackets and scoring so everyone can keep track, tweet at the guys and root on your favorites! Let the Madness Begin! CHECK OUT THE BRACKETS
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.
When you hear the name Michael Seaton, what comes to mind? Speed, athleticism, potential? Well, how about Tango? That’s right. Michael Seaton is Tangoing with the Stars.
The Chamber Dance Project is producing a stellar show at the Kennedy Center in which gorgeous tango ballets will be performed, and in support of the gala, on April 10, Minister Federico Barttfeld, Head of Cultural Affairs of Argentina, and the Chamber Dance Project will host Tango with the Stars.
D.C. United’s Seaton will be dancing for United for D.C., while other local names such as Doron Petersan, winner of Cupcake Wars and Kate Michael, former Miss DC will be dancing for charities of their choice.
In June of 2013, D.C. United and DC Brau asked fans to “Brand the Brew.” You named it “The Tradition.” Bars were sold out of the limited-run brew within two weeks.
In December of 2013, we asked you to pick the design for a 12 oz. can of “The Tradition”. This is what you picked:
On March 29, 2014, D.C. United invites fans to “Have a Beer On Us” and receive a complimentary pour of DC Brau’s “The Tradition” when the Black-and-Red takes on the Chicago Fire at 4:00 p.m. at RFK Stadium.
Each fan who purchases a “Have a Beer On Us” ticket will receive a sideline seat on the supporter’s side of the field and a 12oz pour of “The Tradition” for the low price of $27 (all fees included!). Fans can purchase between one (1) and eight (8) tickets. For those with groups of eight (8) or more, please contact D.C. United at 202-587-5492 to save even more off the Box Office price!
And wait, it gets better! Each week leading up to the match, one pack purchaser will be randomly selected to win a DC Brau prize pack! The prize pack, valued at $140, includes:
- 4 DC Brau t-shirts
- 4 DC Brau caps
- 1 DC Brau/DCU tap handle
- 4 DCU can handles
Click here to purchase your tickets today and click on the “best available” tab to select the “Have a Beer On Us” promotion. Each purchaser will be automatically entered to win, see the full list of Social Media Contest Rules. See you at the game. Come thirsty!
Chris Pontius and Matt Lampson of the Columbus Crew hosted two families, the Keffers and Deavers, in the name of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the Home Opener Saturday night.
Jack Keffer, who is four-years-old, is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia. Eight-year-old Giovanni Deavers is also undergoing treatment after a recent relapse.
In the 80th minute of the game, both families were able to enjoy the remainder of the game on the field. Afterwards, Pontius and Lampson joined both families for a meet-and-greet.
Pontius has been an avid supporter of LLS for the past 3 years, and the mission is close to his heart - his dad is a leukemia survivor. Lampson has also been an avid supporter, as he is a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor.
Recently, D.C. United reached out to our loyal and passionate Supporters Groups asking them to help us pump up the team up for 2014. RFK's weight room needed a facelift, and who better to complete the task than the TIFO masters themselves?
The District Ultras accepted the challenge and spent most of last Saturday night diligently painting the weight room in time for the team's return from Charleston. There is still more work to be done, and we'll have the big reveal for you soon, but for now, check out what the Ultras have been up to.
Will you be at RFK this Saturday for the Home Opener? Check out the Home Opener Pack - 2 tickets + 2 caps for $44
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Have you heard? The Tradition, DC Brau and D.C. United's collaboration beer has been canned! You can now enjoy this limited edition golden ale at RFK Stadium. Join us this Saturday for the Home Opener or check out the Have a Beer on Us Pack on March 29 which includes 1 Tradition beers + 1 tickets for just $27!