DC United Schedule
DC United is one of the most successful Major League Soccer franchises and has been a member
of the league since its inception in 1995. The club has participated in international competitions as representatives of the
MLS including CONCACAF Champions League and Copa Sudamericana. DC United fans are some of the most energetic in the entire
MLS, and with the ability to sit over 45,000 fans at RFK Stadium, the atmosphere for a United home game is unparalleled. Continually
fielding one of the best teams in the MLS, the Houston squad is a perennial contender for the MLS Cup championship and never
fails to deliver exciting and intriguing match ups to the thousands of fans who make it out to each and every home game.
United are currently looking to maintain their position in first place in the Eastern Conference of the MLS as the playoffs
approach. There are still four regular season home games for United to score some big wins to secure the top seed in the East.
On September 24th Tauro FC come to RFK Stadium for a huge late season game that could give the team a big lift and momentum
heading into the postseason. On September 25th the Philadelphia Union come to town in another big game, followed by a home
match up against Sporting Kansas City on October 3rd. The final home game of the regular season will be on October 18th when
the Chicago Fire come to town. This will be your last chance to cheer on DC United and provide them with some momentum heading
into the postseason and is sure to be a thrilling game.
DC United Major League Soccer
DC United play in
the MLS, or Major League Soccer, which is the premiere soccer league in the United States and Canada and is also a member
of CONCACAF. Nineteen teams in the league compete during the regular season which begins each March hoping to earn a spot
in the postseason. Each team plays thirty four regular season games with the regular season champion being awarded the Supporters'
Shield. The top ten teams advance to the playoffs with the last two teams playing in the MLS Cup in December. The first season
of the MLS was in 1996 with ten charter members of which the Columbus Crew was one. Plans for establishing the league began
as far back as 1988 when U.S. Soccer made an agreement with FIFA to have plans to get a Division I professional soccer league
in place in order to be allowed to host the 1994 World Cup. The league is granted a spot for three American teams in the CONCACAF
Champions League while another team has the chance to qualify via the U.S. Open Cup. Year after year MLS gains more fans and
it stands as one of the five major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
DC United Rivalries
main rival of DC United is the New York Red Bulls against whom they annually compete for the Atlantic Cup. Another rival DC
United is the Philadelphia Union due to the close proximity of Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. United also has a rivalry
with the United Soccer Leagues' Charleston Battery and the two teams go to battle each year for the Coffee Pot Cup. There
is no place like RFK Stadium once DC United gets rolling, but that's something that you need to see for yourself. Be in the
stands with the enthusiastic DC fans as the United look to pile up the wins in another memorable season of action.
There are few events as exciting as seeing one top notch soccer team compete at home against another.
The players in the MLS have grown up playing the sport that they love and are out there s much to advance the popularity of
the sport in the United States. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and gives birth to the most fervent and dedicated
fans. One step into a stadium when the local national team is playing and you will understand what all of the fuss is about.
Unrelenting action, otherworldly footwork, stunning slide tackles, and mind blowing, acrobatic saves by goalkeepers will have
you seeing exactly why soccer is referred to as "the beautiful game." You will be chanting and singing along and barely even
need to use your seat as move after move will have you jumping up and cheering for the home team. By the time the referee
blows the final whistle you will be anxiously awaiting the next opportunity to attend a DC United game and will find yourself
an MLS and soccer fan for life.
DC won the first MLS Cup ever in 1996, and then won it again in
1997, 1999 and 2004. A legitimate MLS powerhouse, the United have also won multiple Supporters Shields, and even a US Open
Cup in 1996.