While United's final season at RFK Stadium was full of bittersweet lasts as the Black-and-Red bid farewell to their original home, the year also featured a number of exciting firsts for the squad. Take a look back at some of the most memorable firsts of the season.
Ian Harkes' first professional start, March 12
Chris Odoi-Atsem's first professional start, May 31
Rookie Chris Odoi-Atsem, another local product, also picked up his first professional minutes this season. The staunch defender from the University of Maryland was United's 12th overall selection in last year's MLS SuperDraft thanks to his speed and ability to defend the counterattack. Odoi-Atsem made his first career MLS appearance on April 30 in Atlanta, subbing in just before the conclusion of the victory. The defender later earned his first professional start in Orlando, where he played a full 90 minutes for Ben Olsen.
First win against Atlanta, April 30
Zoltán Stieber's first career MLS goal, Sept. 27
Stieber quickly made his presence known after joining the Black-and-Red in the summer transfer window, raising the level of play in the final third with his cleverness on the ball. While the Hungarian was inches away from scoring numerous times earlier in the season, he opened his MLS account against rivals New York at Red Bull Arena on September 27. The goal came off a deflected free kick, and was capped with an even better celebration.