D.C. United’s two decades of soccer at RFK Stadium have been filled with both thrilling victories and disappointing defeats as the team emerged as one of the best in MLS.
When D.C. United arrived at RFK in 1996, the United States was new to soccer fandom. Wow, how things have changed in the last 20 years! Those two decades have seen RFK rock with the thunder of enthusiastic soccer fans as an entire nation fell in love with the sport. As a founding member of Major League Soccer, D.C. United have made their mark as the most decorated soccer club in the United States!
Do you remember these D.C. United moments at RFK Stadium?
- April 1996, at D.C. United’s opening game at RFK Stadium, Raúl Díaz Arce scores the first goal in franchise history.
- October 30, 1996: Ten days after winning the first Major League Soccer title on the road, D.C. United defeat the Rochester Raging Rhinos 3–1 in the U.S. Open Cup final at RFK Stadium, achieving the first "double" in American soccer history.
- October 26, 1997: D.C. United defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-1 in RFK Stadium to win their second consecutive MLS Cup in front of over 57,000 fans.
- August 3, 2002: In the MLS All-Star Game, a team of MLS players defeat the U.S. Men's National Team 3–2. D.C. United midfielder Marco Etcheverry is named MVP.
- November 6, 2004: United defeat the New England Revolution in a penalty shootout to win the Eastern Conference Final and advance to MLS Cup 2004 in one of the greatest MLS games in league history.
- August 9, 2007: David Beckham debuts for the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy, losing to home team D.C. United before a sellout crowd of 46,686 fans, the fourth-largest to watch MLS at RFK Stadium.
- October 23, 2010: Jaime Moreno scores on a penalty kick in his final game as a D.C. United player to retire as the all-time leading scorer in MLS history.