D.C. United is proudly celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, with participation in a series of events in the District of Columbia.
Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the D.C. Office of Latino Affairs Hispanic Youthfest. D.C. United midfielder/forward David Estrada was on hand at the festival’s one-day youth soccer tournament at Columbia Heights Education Center to talk to fans and cheer on the participants.
D.C. United and its non-profit arm, United for D.C., is set to kick-off of the Fall season of its United Soccer Club program. In partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the U.S. Department of Justice, the program teaches soccer and the importance of focusing on a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and proper nutrition to youth.
D.C. United has announced that defender Nana Attakora has been called into the Canada Men’s National Team ahead of a Sept. 9 friendly vs. Jamaica at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. The match will be the first for new Canada head coach Benito Floro. Attakora has six career appearances (two starts) for Canada, who he has represented at almost every international level. He made his senior national team debut in a friendly against Jamaica on Jan.
D.C. United has announced that defender Jeff Parke has undergone outpatient surgery on his left inner ear to address a peri lymphatic fistula. Surgery was performed by neuro-otologist Dr. Jeffrey Kim at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. The timetable for Parke’s return is still uncertain.
D.C. United has announced that it will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its 2004 MLS Cup championship as part of the team’s Aug. 31 match against the New York Red Bulls. In addition to a video tribute, players and staff from the 2004 team will be on hand at RFK Stadium to meet D.C. United Season Ticket Holders and participate in a special presentation and ceremony prior to the match.
D.C. United has announced special programming for the National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area (NKF/NCA) as part of the club’s home match on Aug. 17 versus the Colorado Rapids, presented by MetroPCS. Tickets are available at dcunited.com/nkf, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the National Kidney Foundation.
D.C. United Academy coaches will travel abroad to observe the F.C. Internazionale youth academy during its preseason training in Trento, Italy, from Aug. 15-21. D.C. United and Inter share ownership and entered into a collaboration agreement in December 2013. A joint training session for the clubs’ senior teams took place at RFK Stadium last month.
D.C. United has announced that forward Conor Doyle will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after suffering a right knee injury in training. The McKinney, Tex., native underwent a successful right knee meniscus repair on August 4, with Dr. Ken Fine of The Orthopaedic Center in Washington, D.C., and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 months.