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D.C. United

May 1, 2011

DC United has built a history unrivaled by any other club in MLS. United has won 4 MLS Cups, the most of any team. There’s a reason DC has the word “tradition” on the back of its jerseys. United won the inaugural MLS Cup in 1996 and many MLS legends have called the nation’s capital home, including Roy Lassiter, Raul Diaz Arce, and Marco Etcheverry. The club’s first manager, Bruce Arena, went on to lead the United States in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

Charlie Davies was a rising striker for the U.S. national team, and had scored in the Confederations Cup and against Mexico at Estadio Azteca. Then, out late the night before a game, Davies was a passenger in an SUV that was split in two. Davies suffered severe injuries including a broken femur, and some thought he would never play again. Davies returned a year later, but wasn’t able to break back into the team at Sochaux (Davies’ French club). Sochaux decided to loan him to MLS, and D.C. was sitting atop the allocation order. Davies currently leads MLS in goals and is well on his way to regaining his prior form.

Since it came into the league in 1996, United has played their home matches at R.F.K. Stadium, the former home of the Washington Nationals. Talk of a stadium at Poplar Point in D.C. died down a couple years ago, and there are rumblings that if United can’t reach a stadium deal in the nation’s capital, the franchise may move to Baltimore.

CONCACAF Champions Cup (1): 1998
MLS Cup (4): 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004
Supporters’ Shield (4): 1997, 1999, 2006, 2007
U.S. Open Cup (2): 1996, 2008

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