DC United Tickets
One of the original teams in the MLS, D.C. United has been the hallmark for success throughout the history of the league. Over the team’s illustrious history, the team has pulled in four MLS Cups and four Supporters’ Shields, the award given to the team with the best record at the end of the regular season. The team plays in Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, or as its better-known RFK Stadium, in Washington D.C. The stadium can hold nearly 46,000 people; however, it holds just under 20,000 for MLS matches.
D.C. United played the inaugural match of the MLS, and within their first couple years, quickly made a name for themselves as the preeminent team of this emerging league. Winning the MLS Cup in 1996 and 1997, as well as the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup as well as the Interamerican Cup in 1998, D.C. United quickly became the team to beat. After that remarkable run of success, coach Bruce Arena went on to coach the U.S. men’s national team. After winning the MLS Cup once again in 1999, the team began to falter, struggling until about 2004 when through a remarkable run through the playoffs, which included a spectacular game against the New England Revolution on penalty kicks to advance to the MLS Cup finals. They went on to defeat the Kansas City Wizards to take home their fourth MLS Cup.
In 2006 and 2007, success once again found its way to the team, with back-to-back Supporters’ Shields; however, they were unable to parlay either of those into MLS Cup championships. Since that time, the team has struggled significantly, having missed the playoffs every year since 2007, and only winning one major title, a U.S. Open Cup in 2008. Despite a lot of success as a team, Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player in 2011 Dwayne De Rosario finds D.C. United home.
D.C. United has a variety of rivalries, ranging from geographic to historical success. D.C. United’s main rival is the New York Red Bulls, as these two teams compete annually for the Atlantic Cup, awarded to the head-to-head winner of their two games. D.C. United also has a rivalry with the Los Angeles Galaxy, a team that has shared much of the success that has come to United, as these two teams faced one another in the first MLS Cup. D.C. United also has a rivalry with the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer Leagues, and they play for the Coffee Pot Cup each year.