Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the region’s leading source for multiplatform sports coverage, along with D.C. United today announced plans to air encore presentations of five memorable D.C. United matches July 30-August 3 as a part of D.C. United Goalapalooza. The special five-game series will feature virtuoso goal-scoring performances from some of the biggest names spanning the 17-year history of the Black-and-Red.
Set for Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. ET, D.C. United Goalapalooza begins with an encore presentation of Raul Diaz Arce’s four-goal masterpiece in United’s 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids on April 12, 1997. Four additional memorable matches featuring Abdul Thompson-Conteh, Ben Olsen, Luciano Emilio and Dwayne De Rosario will also air in advance of the club’s return to current MLS play on Saturday, August 4, when United hosts the Columbus Crew. Kickoff for the game is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be carried live on Comcast SportsNet.
Details of D.C. United Goalapalooza games and broadcast schedule are listed below:
Monday, July 30 at 7:00 PM ET
D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids (April 12, 1997)
On April 12, 1997, D.C. United traveled to Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado, to take on the Colorado Rapids. Raul Diaz Arce connected on four goals, including a header, a volley, a penalty-kick, and a chip-in, in D.C. United’s 5-2 road-victory over the Rapids. Jaime Moreno scored the second-to-last goal of the match in the 76th minute on a Tony Sanneh assist.
Tuesday, July 31 at 7:00 PM ET
D.C. United vs. New England Revolution (May 9, 2001)
D.C. United defeated the New England Revolution in a historic game on May 9, 2001 at RFK Stadium. After a tough road loss against New York the previous week, D.C. United responded with an incredible 5-0 win in record-breaking fashion. D.C. United’s Abdul Thompson-Conteh (four goals) and Bobby Convey (three assists) tied team records in the rout. Conteh completed his hat-trick in the 44th minute, and added one more in the 48th minute. D.C. United’s Sixteen-year-old winger, Santino Quaranta, made MLS history becoming the youngest player (16 years, 4 months old) to appear in a regular-season match when he checked in for Lisi in the 74th minute.
Wednesday, August 1 at 7:00 PM ET
D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls (June 10, 2007)
Paced by the first career hat trick from Ben Olsen, and despite playing a man down for the final half hour, D.C. United defeated classic rivals New York Red Bulls, coached by former United manager Bruce Arena, 4-2 at RFK Stadium. Olsen opened the scoring in the 15th minute, three minutes before NY tied the match. United then extended the lead in the second half with a goal by Emilio. Following Boswell’s red card after a foul on Altidore, Olsen tallied twice to give the Black-and-Red a 4-1 lead, before Angel scored the second goal for the Red Bulls, only for consolation.
Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 PM ET
D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls (June 14, 2008)
D.C. United defeated Interstate-95 rival and Atlantic Cup foe, the New York Red Bulls, 4-1 on June 14, 2008 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. Luciano Emilio recorded his first-ever MLS hat-trick for the Black-and-Red, scoring in the 5th, 46th, and 59th minute to extend United’s win-streak to four games. There were six yellow cards shown in the heated match between the bitter rivals, with veteran Clyde Simms scoring the remaining goal on a Jaime Moreno assist in the 26th minute.
Friday, August 3 at 7:00 PM ET
D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake (September 24, 2011)
D.C. United’s captain and the 2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario scored the fastest hat-trick in League history in a 4-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on September 24, 2011 at RFK Stadium. After assisting Andy Najar’s goal in the 13th minute, Dwayne De Rosario stole the show. He scored goals in the 22nd, 27th, and 31st minute, taking just nine minutes to record the hat-trick. The Black-and-Red victory ended a 5-game win-streak for Real Salt Lake, and moved Dwayne De Rosario into the spotlight for the 2011 MLS Most Valuable Player award.