It’s been said that the world revolves around soccer… or fútbol, as the sport is called outside the U.S. If you are one of the billions of fans who love to play or watch the game, you will get a kick out of RFK Stadium hosting an international match between friendly rivals Alianza Fútbol Club (El Salvador) and Olimpia (Honduras).
This match will be the first time the two powerhouse teams have faced off since RFK Stadium started hosting soccer games in the 1960s. Olimpia is widely known as the most successful soccer team in Honduras, and has captured 30 domestic league titles since it was founded in 1912. The Alianza F.C. currently leads El Salvador’s professional soccer league, Primera Fútbol ES, and just earned its 13th Salvadoran title by clinching the 2018 Clausura final in El Salvador.
You will be on your feet and may even lose your voice during this nail-biting battle of Central American soccer stars. Score your seats today on Ticketmaster to experience the magic!
International Soccer: Champions Classic Alianza of El Salvador vs. Olimpia of Honduras (Fútbol International: Clasico De Campeones Alianza del El Salvador VS. Olimpia del Honduras)
Sunday, June 10; 4:00 pm
This is just the latest in a long line of inspiring soccer events that have contributed to the international soccer phenomenon – right here in our own backyard! Did you know that RFK is the ONLY stadium in the world to have hosted all these heavy-hitter events?
- FIFA Women's World Cup (2003), which was originally scheduled to be held in China but was moved to RFK Stadium and carried out with ease.
- FIFA World Cup (2004) at which five games were held featuring national teams from Belgium, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia in group play, and Spain and Switzerland in the Round of 16.
- MLS Cup (1997, 2000, 2007)
- North American Soccer League’s Soccer Goal (1980)
- CONACAF Champions Cup (1988, 1998)
It’s true! RFK Stadium has hosted many soccer events over the years, proving its importance in the world’s most popular sport:
- The inaugural match of the new United Soccer Association (USA) between the Washington Whips and the Cleveland Stokers was played at RFK on May 26, 1967.
- From 1967 to 2017, several professional soccer teams called RFK home, including the Whips (1967-1968), Team America (1983), D.C. United (1996-2017), three teams under the name Washington Diplomats (1974-1981, 1988-1990), and the Washington Freedom women’s team (2001-2003).
- D.C. United was founded when Major League Soccer came to the nation’s capital in 1996. Ten days after winning the first MLS title, D.C. United defeated the Rochester Rhinos 3-1 in the U.S. Open Cup final, achieving the first “double” in American soccer history.
- Nine men's and women's first-round soccer games were held at RFK Stadium during the Summer Olympic Games in July 1996.
- On April 14, 2001, Mia Hamm and the Washington Freedom defeated Brandi Chastain and the Bay Area Cyber Rays 1-0 in the inaugural match of the Women’s United Soccer Association before 34,198 spectators. The Freedom won the WUSA championship the same year.
- In October 2010, the U.S. Men’s National Team tied Costa Rica 2-2 in their final World Cup qualifying game for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
- As part of its 100th anniversary festivities, U.S. Soccer hosted the Centennial Celebration Match featuring the U.S. Men's National Team vs. Germany at RFK Stadium on June 2, 2013. The USMNT won 4-3.
U.S. Men’s National Team has played at RFK Stadium 24 times (the most appearances by the team at any stadium in the country) with a 15-3-6 record.