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D.C. United announces preseason schedule

Washington, D.C. (January 21, 2009) – D.C. United announced today the club’s preseason schedule, as the team prepares for this year’s Major League Soccer season. Players are set to report to RFK Stadium on January 22 for the beginning of preseason training. United will travel to Bradenton, Fla. and Charleston, S.C. as part of their training camps.

The Black-and-Red will start pre-season with a visit to Bradenton, where it will face the 2008 MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew. Preseason will continue with the Carolina Challenge Cup, an annual competition hosted by the Charleston Battery. D.C. will face MLS foes Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC, along with the tournament hosts in a repeat of last year’s U.S. Open Cup final.

D.C. United will open its 2009 MLS season on March 22 when they face the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The home opener will be played on March 28 at RFK Stadium.

Tickets to the home opener on March 28 are currently available as part of D.C. United ticket packages including full season, half season and flex ticket plans. Upscale seating for full season plans – either club section, private or semi-private boxes, or field level seating – is also available and includes premium services such as meal service, complimentary parking and VIP access. Youth discounted pricing remains an option for United full season, half season and flex ticket packages. Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date on ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. A Winter 4-pack, featuring four tickets to the home opener, as well as limited edition D.C. United knit hat, scarf and gloves, is also currently available at dcunited.com.

Details of D.C. United’s preseason schedule are listed below, though the schedule is subject to change. Members of the media planning to attend a preseason practice or game should contact the D.C. United Communications staff in advance.

D.C. United 2009 Preseason Schedule (all times EST):
January 22 – February 2: Washington, DC
February 3 – February 11: Bradenton, Fla.
Tuesday, Feb. 10: Match vs. Columbus Crew
February 12 – February 17: Washington, DC
February 18 – February 25: TBD
February 25 – March 4: Washington, DC
March 5 – March 15: Charleston, SC
Saturday, March 7: Match vs. Real Salt Lake (5 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 11: Match vs. Toronto FC (5 p.m.)
Saturday, March 14: Match vs. Charleston (7:15 p.m.)
March 16-18: Washington, DC
March 22: Season-opening game versus Los Angeles Galaxy in LA

Broadcasting and P.A. Request: When speaking of the organization, please refer to the team as either “D.C. United” or “United,” but not “the D.C. United” or “the United.” We appreciate your cooperation.

Doug Hicks, dhicks@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5448,
Boris Flores, bflores@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5452,
Kyle Sheldon, ksheldon@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5450 or
Cristina Cruz, ccruz@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5440