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Best places to eat, before or after, a D.C. United game

Best places to eat, before or after, a D.C. United game

Heading on down to Southeast D.C. for a D.C. United match at Audi Field? 

If you need a place to eat or grab a drink beforehand, we're here to help. 

Best Bars and Restaurants Near Audi Field:

The Big Stick: 20 M St. SE

A fan-favorite if attending a Washington Nationals game, but also on the way to Audi Field if taking the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro stop. The Big Stick is a rustic, lodge-themed restaurant & sports bar serving a unique menu focused on specialty sausages,sandwiches and a robust craft beer selection.

Walter’s Sports Bar: 10 N St. SE

With 24 self-pouring taps, there is a craft beer for everyone at Walter's. You pay for the beer by the ounce so you can taste everything there is to offer. 

Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar and Bites: 1265 First St. SE

A unique roof-top bar that offers a scenic look at Nationals Park and the Capitol Riverfront. They serve a casual, ballpark inspired menu to match its relaxed atmosphere. With a mix of sandwiches, appetizers and shareable dishes. Make sure to check their hours if you want to stop on your way home, most nights they close at 11:00 p.m.

Mission Bar: 1221 Van St. SE 

A lively and spacious bar/restaurant that welcomes large and small groups. with several different floors to accommodate all parties. Their menu includes Mexican-inspired dishes, but also the traditional American staples.

The Salt Line: 79 Potomac Ave. SE

If you're looking for something a little more upscale, The Salt Line is your best option. Located on the riverfront, they have a wide variety of seafood platters and have some New England favorites.  

Dacha Navy Yard: 79 Potomac Ave. SE

Kid and dog-friendly, the Dacha Navy Yard is the perfect stop on the way to Audi Field. It's a full-service restaurant with American dining and an outdoor beer garden.

Bardo Brewing: 25 Potomac Ave. SE

Open two hours before every Nationals and D.C. United game, Bardo Brewing will offer you the ideal prematch environment. It's an outdoor brewery featuring several local taps.

Metro stops located near Audi Field:

There are two accessible Metro stops by Audi Field in Southeast D.C. Both the Waterfront Metro stops and the Navy-Yard Ballpark stops on the Green line are less than 15-minute walks to the stadium. For those looking for places to grab a bite or a drink beforehand, the path from the Navy-Yard Metro is littered with bars and restaurants along the way.

Nearby parking at Audi Field:

All fans attending D.C. United games at Audi Field are recommended to take public transit to get to the stadium. There are select parking garages and lots around the field and should be expected to be full if tickets are not purchased beforehand.

1880 2nd St. NW: Small surface lot located right next to Audi Field.

79 Potomac Ave. SE: Parking Garage .25 miles away from Audi Field

Wayne Rooney's MLS career ends as United falls in the playoffs

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Wayne Rooney's MLS career ends as United falls in the playoffs

TORONTO -- Jonathan Osorio scored twice, Richie Laryea and Nick DeLeon added two more in a four-goal extra-time outburst and Toronto FC beat D.C. United 5-1 on Saturday night in the first round of the playoffs to end Wayne Rooney's MLS career.

The 33-year-old Rooney is returning to England to join Derby County.

Toronto advanced to play at New York City FC on Wednesday night.

Lucas Rodriguez tied it for D.C. United in the 93rd minute. Toronto then scored in the 93rd, 95th, 103rd and 105th minutes.

Laryea beat Bill Hamid from close range three minutes into extra time after Michael Bradley stole the ball and fed DeLeon. Two minutes later, Drew Moor headed Alejandro Pozuelo's corner into the goal front and Osorio banged it in. Osorio hammered a volley from just inside the penalty box, and DeLeon, a former D.C. United player, made it 5-1 with a swerving shot from distance.

Marky Delgado opened the scoring for Toronto in the 32nd.

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DC United embarks on MLS playoffs with Wayne Rooney’s tenure near its end

DC United embarks on MLS playoffs with Wayne Rooney’s tenure near its end

The MLS playoffs has a new look this year, with all teams now pitted against each other in do-or-die knockout rounds instead of the two-legged conference semifinals and finals format. For fifth-seeded DC United, that means Wayne Rooney could be playing his final MLS match when the postseason kicks off Saturday.

Rooney, who starred for Everton and Manchester United for 16 years before coming to the U.S. ahead of the 2018 season, announced in August that he’ll be going back to England to be a player and assistant coach for second-tier Derby County. He’s led the team in goals each of the past two years, including some highlight-reel strikes from beyond midfield.

DC United finished with 50 points this season, which tied Toronto FC for the fourth-best mark in the Eastern Conference. Toronto took the tiebreaker in the Eastern Conference standings and will host DC United tonight at 6 p.m. for the right to face New York City FC in the conference semifinals Wednesday.

The signing of Rooney and opening of Audi Field in 2018 created a lot of buzz among D.C. fans but the team is still looking to reclaim the success it sustained in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since winning the MLS title in 2007, DC United has finished with 50+ points just four times.

The team captain’s time in D.C. may be coming to an end sooner than expected, but after being ousted by Columbus Crew SC last postseason in a match that came down to penalty kicks, DC United has one more chance to live up to the hype that came with Rooney’s presence before it’s too late.

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