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D.C. United
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D.C. United

D.C. United is an American soccer team. Based in Washington, DC, they play in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). Their official nickname is the "Black-and-Red"; the team's home kit(uniform) is largely black.

The team ground is the 56,454-seater RFK Memorial Stadium on East Capitol Street, which is owned by the government of the District of Columbia and was once the home of the Washington Senators and the Washington Redskins. The city is considered to be one of the most supportive of soccer in the country. United's main supporters' club, which is possibly the largest in the country, is called the Screaming Eagles. Other supporters' clubs include Barra Brava and La Norte.

The club was one of the founding members of the MLS in 1996 and was initially the most successful. They won the first "double" in U.S. soccer history in 1996, beating Los Angeles Galaxy to take the MLS Cup and the A-League club Rochester Raging Rhinos to win the US Open Cup. They have also been successful in CONCACAF competitions, winning the Champions Cup and the Interamerican Cup in 1998. From the back of domestic success, the club's first coach, Bruce Arena, went on to direct the national side. Almost unbeatable throughout the 90's, United slumped from 2000 on under Thomas Rongen. Two lackluster seasons led to the departure of Rongen and his replacement by Ray Hudson in 2002. In Hudson's first season, the club won the curious Atlantic Cup.

Famous past players for United include the US internationals Roy Lassiter, Eddie Pope, Jeff Agoos, John Harkes, Tony Sanneh, Ben Olsen, Carlos Llamosa, and most recently Bobby Convey, who was transferred to Reading_F.C in the English Football League Championship on July 22, 2004. Foreign stars included Marco Etcheverry, Raul Diaz Arce, Jaime Moreno, and Hristo Stoitchkov, .

On November 18, 2003, MLS made sports history by signing Freddy Adu, a prodigy of a football player, at the age of 14 and on January 16, 2004 he was selected by United with the first pick in the MLS SuperDraft. When Adu entered United's regular-season opener as a second-half substitute on April 3, 2004, he became the youngest player in any professional sport in the United States since 1887.

Table of contents
1 Honors
2 International Competition
3 Players of Note
4 Head Coaches
5 External links

Honors

International Competition

Players of Note

Head Coaches

External links