October 25, 2020

D.C. United Analysis: Eight thoughts on the 2013 season

As much as many fans, and maybe even the organization itself, wants to forget large parts of the 2013 Major League Soccer season, the time is upon us to review it and try and figure out just what happened.

It was a weird year that saw United finish as one of the worst clubs in MLS history, going 3-24-7, for just 16 points, dead last in the league by a good bit. But in 2013, United also won the U.S. Open Cup for the third time in its history, earning a bid into the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League in the process. [Read more…]

OPINION: United fans hope stadium will be club’s high-water mark

I listened intently Thursday morning as Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray took to the podium to announce what I hoped were details of D.C. United’s new stadium to be built at Buzzard Point in SW Washington.

These are words, you see, that I have waited 17 years to hear. I attended my first game as a fan on Sept. 6, 1996, a 2-1 loss to the then-New York/New Jersey MetroStars. I remember I drove through standing water in the streets of D.C. to get to RFK Stadium that night, the remnants of Hurricane Fran having caused water-logged travel throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic. [Read more…]

D.C. United and city agree to new stadium initiative

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. United Managing Partner Jason M. Levien, and several other officials formally announced Thursday morning plans to keep the Major League Soccer club in the city via a new stadium project to be built at Buzzard Point near the convergence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, only a few blocks from Nationals Park – the home of the city’s baseball team.

The stadium would seat between 20,000 and 25,000 fans, and would open no sooner than 2016, according to plans illustrated on the United website. During the press conference, Mayor Gray stated that the stadium could be used for other events such as concerts and college & high school football games.

The announcement, which emanated from the proposed stadium site, and was carried live on Comcast SportsNet and streamed on the team’s website, offered the most realistic hope yet of United finally escaping 52-year-old RFK Stadium and moving into a more proper facility for decades to come.

“The quest for a soccer-first facility has been going on since the team’s inception,” said Mayor Gray to a gathering of media, club supporters, five City Council members, and city residents. “We look forward to United winning even more championships once they get into their brand new, state-of-the-art stadium.” [Read more…]

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