While Major League Soccer breaks for two weeks to allow its players to play for their international teams during the FIFA international window, D.C. United announced it will crown a first-time champion with the inaugural Capital Cup at Audi Field.
The four-time MLS Cup champions welcome El Salvador's Alianza FC and Costa Rica's Liga Deportiva Alajuelense for a three-match round-robin style exhibition tournament.
After each team plays each other over the course of the week, whoever ends with the most points will be crowned as the first-ever Capital Cup champion. D.C. United's two games will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.
Here's how to watch.
D.C. United's Inaugural Capital Cup Broadcast Schedule: How to Watch
Who: D.C. United vs. Liga Deportiva Alajuelense
When: Wednesday, July 7, 8 p.m. EST
TV Channel: D.C. United vs. Liga Deportiva Alajuelense will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Who: D.C. United vs. Alianza FC
When: Sunday, July 11, 5:30 p.m. EST
TV Channel: D.C. United vs. Alianza will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder).
Capital Cup Players to Watch
Óscar Cerén, Right Winger, Alianza: The Alianza right winger is a creative force from the flanks, and he can also be deployed as a second striker for the Salvadoran club. He also has a brother, Darwin, playing in MLS for Houston.
Alexander López, Attacking Midfielder, Alajuelense: The former Dynamo playmaker never quite found his footing as a Designated Player before returning home to Honduras five years ago. Since, López has cemented himself as the initiator of all good things going forward for the Costa Rican giants.