DC United to Host MLS Cup

As punishment for losing to the New England Revolution, the DC United, er, wait a second. Let’s stop and have a moment here. I’ve been castigated twice on other blogs this week for using a definite article to refer to the soccer-team-that-plays-at-RFK-and-whose-name-involves-the-concept-of-unification. Is it The DC United? Or just DC United? Does it really fucking matter? The lack of a definite article could mean that there are, in fact, other groups within the District of Columbia who could use the concept of Unification to define themselves without concern for being referred to one for the other?

When I was an MLS fan in 1998-2000 in Columbus, we always referred to DC’s club as “The United,” or, actually it usually involved something to do with them being the team that would paste us at the Crew’s stadium while we ogled the hot soccer chicks (hey, we were dumb college kids, what else could we do? It’s not like fake IDs were readily available…).

Regardless of whether or not our soccer team gets a definite article, they are going to be playing host to the 2007 MLS Cup at RFK Stadium on November 18th, 2007. Tickets will run between $30 and $100 per. No word if you’re allowed to refer to a collection of tickets to said event as “The Tickets.”

7 Comments so far

  1. Mik (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

    We get it, was there really a need for the f-bomb? Stick with calling them the Blues, the Reds, the Blacks, no wait, you could be charged with being racist, the Magpies…no wait, that’s Newcastle Unied. Basically, who cares, the lost to The Revs.


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

    There was need for the f-bomb.


  3. SE Podcast (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

    Actually, at the bottom of every press release the team sends out is the following:

    “Broadcasting and P.A. Request: When speaking of the organization, please refer to the team as either ‘D.C. United’ or ‘United,’ but not ‘the D.C. United’ or ‘the United.’ We appreciate your cooperation.”


  4. SE Podcast (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

    Oh, and they’re hosting MLS Cup, not the All-Star Game.


  5. Mik (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 7:27 am

    And I meant they lost to The Revs. Tom – I’d highly recommend tailgating with the Screaming Eagles as some point, the less anal of the bunch are a hoot.


  6. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 8:49 am

    Teach me to read the press release while I was on a two-day run with less than 4 hours of sleep!


  7. Tiff (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 11:50 am

    Including it in each press release makes it MORE silly and pretentious, not less.



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