History

D.C. United

1996 - present

Nicknames: DCU, United, Black-and-Red

Trophies
MLS Cup 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004
Supporters' Shield 1997, 1999, 2006, 2007
US Open Cup 1996, 2008, 2013
CONCACAF Champions Cup 1998
InterAmerican Cup 1998

Stadium: RFK Stadium

Owner: Erick Thohir, Jason Levien, William Chang

Current Roster

In 1994, Washington, D.C. was picked to be one of Major League Soccer’s host cities during the inaugural 1996 season. But being a new club didn’t mean that there couldn’t be a tradition of success.

The club was named D.C. United in homage to such soccer powerhouses as Manchester and Leeds United, while the uniforms and crest drew heavily upon the city’s flag, itself a tribute to Revolutionary War hero George Washington’s coat of arms. In keeping with the inspiration for their club’s identity, D.C. United immediately opened their history with an MLS Cup/US Open Cup double in their first season.

By 2004, the Capital Club had added three more MLS titles and two Supporters’ Shields to their trophy case to cement themselves as the most successful dynasty in the league’s early history.

Notable Players

  • Jaime Moreno
  • Marco Etcheverry
  • Eddie Pope
  • John Harkes
  • Ben Olsen
  • Alecko Eskandarian
  • Freddy Adu
  • Dwayne De Rosario
  • Chris Pontius
  • Bill Hamid

Coaches

  • Bruce Arena, 1996-1998
  • Thomas Rongen, 1999-2001
  • Ray Hudson, 2001-2003
  • Peter Nowak, 2004-2006
  • Tom Soehn, 2007-2009
  • Curt Onalfo, 2010
  • Ben Olsen, 2010-present (spent 2010 season as interim coach)

1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013