2002 Club by Club
After two disappointing seasons, the United brass named former Miami Fusion head man Ray Hudson as the club's third head coach on January 8. Hudson saw his new club's push for the post-season last until the final match of the schedule, but the Black-and-Red missed out on the MLS Cup playoffs for the third straight season. 2002 did have some bright spots, however, with a trio of club and League firsts.
Domestically, United hosted the 2002 MLS All-Star Game at RFK Stadium for the first time and also won the inaugural Atlantic Cup trophy in its yearly season series competition with New York. Internationally, the Black-and-Red became the first MLS side to travel to England when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur, 1-0, in a tribute match at the famed White Hart Lane in October.