When D.C. United takes the field for tonight’s game against the New England Revolution, the team will be doing so on a fresh pitch. The re-sodding process began two weeks ago following United’s international friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara, and a maintenance crew has been working around the clock to install the new turf.
Workers began the process by stripping the old grass and delivering approximately 18 truckloads of fresh sod from North Carolina. The specialized crew, who also traveled from North Carolina, started laying out the grass early last week during long shifts in the D.C. heat. They rolled out the final piece of sod last Friday, giving the field about a week for the roots to take hold and grow into a playable pitch. Compared to past re-soddings, this year’s crew had one less week to grow the field, but players seemed pleased with the pitch during Friday morning’s training session at RFK Stadium.