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D.C. United, DC SCORES, and Screaming Eagles announce strategic partnership

D.C. United, DC SCORES and supporter group, the Screaming Eagles, announced a strategic partnership uniting a shared passion for enriching the communities in the District through sport.

The Black-and-Red and the Screaming Eagles will work closely together to encourage a robust, welcoming, and passionate supporters’ culture both inside and outside Audi Field.

“We are pleased to partner with the Screaming Eagles, during this transformative year, across the shared values of creating the most exciting, fan-driven atmosphere in Major League Soccer, but also around a common goal to focus on bettering the neighborhoods around us, through the invaluable work that DC SCORES does in our community,” Tom Hunt, United President, said. “This partnership will ensure our supporters continue cultivating an atmosphere that has long been heralded across the league as we celebrate traditions old and new at Audi Field.”

The Screaming Eagles aim to implement a D.C. United Supporter Development Academy prior to the inaugural match at Audi Field in an effort to reach new fans and introduce them to the customs and traditions of D.C. United supporter culture.

The partnership will extend outside the stadium as well as the Screaming Eagles will deepen their already strong relationship with DC SCORES, the official charitable partner of D.C. United. Together, the three organizations will work to serve the youth of Washington, D.C., by kindling a passion for soccer through supporting neighborhood teams that give kids the confidence to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life.

“DC SCORES is thrilled to further expand our relationship with fans of the Black-and-Red and strengthen the soccer economy of the future” said Bethany Henderson, DC SCORES Executive Director. “The Screaming Eagles partnership further expands opportunities for our poet-athletes to engage with United fans on the field, in the classroom, and in the stands at Audi Field.”

As part of the partnership, The Screaming Eagles will take the lead role to manage all aspects of the supporter culture including single game supporter tickets sales for both home and road matches as well as organizing all activities and in-game fan experiences in the north end zone, in an effort to further unite the Black-and-Red supporter base that established the benchmark for U.S. soccer supporter culture in the early years of Major League Soccer.

“Today we’re reaffirming our promise to D.C. United that we’ll do all we can to support the team across the full range of the club’s endeavors,” James Lambert, Screaming Eagle president, said. “We believe that by working closely together with United in a cooperative, positive manner, we can take the supporters’ culture to the next level in the new era defined by the opening of Audi Field.”

To purchase season tickets for the supporter sections at Audi Field, please contact D.C. United – 202.587.5000. Single game tickets for Audi Field will go on sale in May 2018. To purchase single game supporter tickets for home or away matches, or for more information on the Screaming Eagles, please visit https://screaming- eagles.com.

About D.C. United and Audi Field

Audi Field will be the home for D.C. United, the most decorated franchise in U.S. soccer history and the most championed professional team in the District of Columbia. Opening in July 2018, it will also host a variety of other sporting and cultural events, community activities, and concerts. The state-of-the-art urban facility has a capacity of 20,000 fans and will feature 31 luxury suites, a bike valet, and 500,000 total square feet of mixed-use retail and residential space on site, making it a 365-day destination for fans and D.C. residents alike.

About the Screaming Eagles

The Screaming Eagles are an all-volunteer group that have supported D.C. United, Major League Soccer, and US Soccer since the group’s inception in 1995. In 2004 the Screaming Eagles became a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.

About DC SCORES

DC SCORES creates neighborhood teams that give kids in need the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life. DC SCORES’ school-based, team-based, whole child programming — delivered through free after-school programs and summer camps facilitated by trained youth development professionals — intentionally integrates soccer, poetry, and service-learning to help low-income 3rd-8th graders throughout the District build physical fitness, find their voice, improve their literacy, increase school engagement, and strengthen ties to their community. DC SCORES has served more than 10,000 low-income DC children since 1994 and is the flagship affiliate of America SCORES, with programs in 12 cities serving 15,000 at- risk youth annually. Learn more and get involved at www.DCSCORES.org

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