WASHINGTON, D.C., (July 9, 2020) – D.C. United to feature DC’s convention and sports authority, Events DC’s logo on the back of the team’s shorts for the duration of the MLS is Back Tournament at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida beginning July 8.
The strategic partnership between the two extends back to D.C. United’s time at RFK Stadium, a facility owned and managed by Events DC. In 2019, Events DC was the presenting sponsor for the club’s international friendly against Ligue 1 club, Olympique Marseille, as well as the club’s 2019 postseason tour in St. Croix. More recently, the two have teamed-up to launch Washington, DC’s bid – DC2026 – to be a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This continued strategic partnership remains committed to growing the game of soccer in Washington, D.C. by hosting more international soccer matches in the District and creating increased visibility of DC as a world-class sports capital.
“Events DC’s commitment to growing the game in our city is evident through all the work we’ve done together and will continue to do together, as we aim to bring the World Cup to Washington, DC in 2026,” said Jason Levien, CEO of D.C. United. “We’re proud and excited to wear their logo on our shorts while competing to bring the MLS is Back trophy back to the nation’s capital.”
“We are excited to continue our strategic partnership with D.C. United, especially with our recent announcement surrounding DC’s bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup games,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer. “DC is a hotbed for soccer with a passionate fanbase and deep roots in soccer history. It is our hope through our continued partnership and collaboration with D.C. United, we continue to find innovative ways to showcase our city as a premier soccer market and inspire more international soccer matches and future visitors back to Washington, when the time is right.”
For over 10 years, Events DC has been at the forefront of conventions, sports, entertainment, and cultural events in Washington, DC. The organization owns, operates and manages many of the top entertainment venues found within the nation’s capital.
The MLS is Back Tournament kicks-off with group stage play beginning on July 8. D.C. United’s group stage matches for the competition are as follows:
• Toronto FC vs. D.C. United | Sunday, July 12 at 9:00 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
• D.C. United vs. New England Revolution | Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET (FS1 / TUDN)
• Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United | Tuesday, July 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET (TUDN / TVA)
Pending the results of the club’s group stage matches, D.C. United would advance to the knockout stages, with Round of 16 matches beginning July 25 and the Final taking place on August 11.
For more information on the MLS is Back Tournament visit: mlssoccer.com/mls-is-back-tournament.
About D.C. United
One of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer in 1996, D.C. United are among the most decorated teams in the United States with 13 domestic and international trophies.
The Black-and-Red have won the MLS Cup four times (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004), the Supporters’ Shield four times (1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times (1996, 2008 and 2013).
About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at www.RFKCampus.com. Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and the Entertainment and Sports Arena (www.ESAontheRise.com), all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com and find us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (Events DC), and Twitter (@TheEventsDC).