DC United is one of the longest-serving members of Major League Soccer, the highest level of professional soccer in the USA. The league was formed back in 1996 and was originally made up of 10 teams, of which DC United was one of them. Nowadays, the league is made up of 24 teams with plans to add a further five over the next few years. DC United is based in the American capital city of Washington, D.C. Its home field is Audi Stadium, which was designed specifically for soccer games and has a maximum capacity of 20,000 spectators. Having been a member of MLS since its inception, the club has a very well established history and a rather impressive track record, with many wins and notable achievements to its name.
The club has won the MLS Cup a total of four times and finished as runner-up once, though its last win was back in 2004. It’s also won the Supporters’ Shield, an award given to the MLS team with the best overall record – four times, with its most recent win in 2007. On top of this, the club’s won the U. S. Open Cup Championships three times. Owing to the popularity of the club, there are no fewer than four separate supporter groups. The club’s mascot is Talon the bald eagle and its main rival team is New York Red Bulls.
DC United Roster
There are currently 27 players on the DC United roster, with one out on loan to Sint-Truiden. Across the roster 10 different nationalities are represented. The USA is the most prominent one with 13 players, then Argentina with four and Brazil and Costa Rica with two each. Other nationalities represented in the club include France, Germany, Ghana, Jamaica, Norway and Venezuela. Two of the players are on the roster thanks to the Designated Player Rule (which lets clubs sign up to three players outside their usual salary range) and five are on because of the Homegrown Player Rule (which lets clubs sign players who’ve come from their own training academies).
Of the players currently on the club’s line-up, American goalkeeper Bill Hamid has made more appearances than any other. From 2010-17 and 2018 onwards, he’s played in a total of 245 matches, which is the fourth highest number for any DC United player. The club’s all-time top goal scorer is Bolivian forward Jamie Moreno. He played for the club from 1996 to 2002 and from 2004 to 2010; during this time he scored 131 goals, which is nearly three times as many as the next best overall scorer, the Argentinian midfielder Christian Gómez. Jamie Moreno is undoubtedly one of the club’s most successful players. He made it onto the MLS Best XI list five times throughout his time with DC United, more than any other player in the club’s history, and was awarded the MLS Golden Boot back in 1997. He’s had more assists, penalty-kick goals and game-winning goals than anyone else on the team. Also, he’s made the highest number of appearances for the club, with 427 to his name.
Although Jamie Moreno left the club nine years ago, his legacy still lives on and continues to inspire the current roster of players to perform to the best of their abilities. The current head coach of the club is midfielder Ben Olsen, a former midfielder who’s been coaching the club since 2010. He played for DC United from 1998 until his retirement from professional soccer in 2009, making 221 appearances and scoring 29 goals.
DC United Jersey
Even though DC United’s nickname is ‘Black and Red’, the club’s official colours are actually black and white. The home kit is predominantly black with red accents, while the away kit is mostly white and features a lot more red. The current home kit is the ninth one to be used by the club, while the current away kit is the tenth. As with all other MLS clubs, the kit is manufactured by Adidas, which is represented by three stripes along the shoulder of the jersey. Since 2014, the official sponsor has been Leidos, a defence company based in Reston, Virginia. Other companies that have acted as sponsors over the years include Papa John’s Pizza, Verizon Wireless and Adidas itself, to name a few.
The jersey is available to purchase from the official MLS online store, which can be accessed here. There’s a very broad range of items you can purchase that are branded with the official DC United colours and logo. Pieces of clothing such as jerseys, sweatshirts, T-shirts, dresses and hats are available, as are things like household items, collectibles, flags and car accessories. Those looking to make purchases from the store should check out the special discounts and deals that are offered.