D.C. United is saddened to share news of the passing of Betty D’Anjolell. An original hire at the club, D’Anjolell served United as an executive from 1995 to 1998. She oversaw everything from ticket sales to daily management of the front office to game-day operations, playing an invaluable role during the club’s formative years.
D’Anjolell’s impact on American soccer was not limited to D.C. United. Prior to her time with the Black-and-Red, she was a pioneer in the growth and development of the U.S. women’s national team program. Following her stint with United, D'Anjolell was involved in the launch of Major League Soccer's Miami Fusion and worked tirelessly within the youth soccer community.
On June 29, 2008, D’Anjolell was inducted into the D.C. United Hall of Tradition. She is one of only two non-players to earn the prestigious honor.
“Betty was responsible for operations, but her role went a lot further than that,” explained D.C. United President Kevin Payne. “She was a combination mother and taskmaster, a very important person in the early years of our organization. She was tough as nails on the outside, but nurturing and caring on the inside. She should be remembered as someone who cared deeply about our game and provided it great service.”
D.C. United will honor D’Anjolell with a moment of silence prior to Saturday’s match against the New England Revolution. Players have also chosen to wear armbands in remembrance of one of the club’s founding employees.