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Guide to D.C. United
Experience one of professional soccer's most exciting – and successful – teams in the nation's capital.
When Major League Soccer (MLS) was created in the mid-1990s, Washington, DC was awarded the first franchise in 1994. Two years later D.C. United began playing, and led by superstars such as Eddie Pope, Jaime Moreno and Marco Etcheverry, won three out of the first four MLS Cups. Two of those championships were won under former coach Bruce Arena, who went on to become the head coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team. As winner of four MLS Cups, D.C. United is the second most decorated soccer team in league history behind the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The team played its home games at RFK Stadium from 1996 through the 2017 season, a historic stadium where the Washington Redskins, Washington Senators and Washington Nationals have all played at one time during its 50-plus years. The Black-and-Red are slated to open a new state-of-the-art stadium, Audi Field, on Buzzard Point near the Southwest Waterfront for the 2018 season.
Match days begin with a tailgate that starts two hours prior to kickoff. The tailgate features beer specials, food trucks, live music, games and picnic tables to relax at. Stadium gates open one hour prior to kickoff.
Single match tickets start at just $20 and can be purchased on D.C. United’s website. Group options and season tickets are available as well. During the season, special ticket offers will be available, including the Heineken Green & Red Star Matchdays – $20 for a Sideline ticket and one drink. Several theme nights will be held as well, including Star Wars Night. For more information, visit the team’s promotional schedule.
Audi Field is accessible by Metro via the Waterfront-SEU and Navy Yard stops on the Green Line – the stadium is a 15-minute walk from these Metro stations. Audi Field is also accessible by Metrobus on the 74 route, as well as ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft.
- The team’s official mascot is Talon, who will celebrate his 22nd birthday this season.
- His wingspan is 6’6’’ and he wears size 22 cleats.
- He is a frequent visitor to all parts of the stadium on matchday, so keep an eye out for him!
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