Home opener fun facts

The Black-and-Red open RFK on March 9, host Real Salt Lake

Charlie Davies

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Ben Keller/dcunited.com

D.C. United's storied past is full of interesting facts and memorable moments. On the heels of the 2013 home opener announcement we take a look back at some cool facts about past openers at historical RFK.

  • In Charlie Davies’ first game with D.C. United, the 2011 home opener on March 19, the forward netted a brace as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 win over Columbus. Davies’ standout performance occurred about 18 months after a car accident had nearly claimed his life.
  • United has never faced an inevitable MLS Cup champion in its opening games at RFK Stadium (17 years total).
  • The Black-and-Red has won twice and lost twice in home openers during its MLS Cup championship seasons.
  • 2004 was the last time United faced a Western Conference team in its home opener, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1. It was also the last time the side took home an MLS Cup.
  • Although D.C. lost last year’s home opener 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City, the club would not be defeated again at RFK, going on to capture more home points (40) than any other team in MLS.
  • United has faced Chicago and Kansas City in almost half of all of its home openers (four times each).
  • The offseason between United’s 2012 and 2013 MLS regular-season campaigns is the shortest in the club’s 17-year history, a mere 104 days.