WASHINGTON - Neither wind nor rain deterred DC United’s fanbase on Sunday night as an announced crowd of 16,942 donned black and red to cheer on the home team for the 2019 season opener.
As rain poured down on Audi Field in Southwest DC, the black-and-red faithful waved their flags and led a series of chants that echoed throughout the new state-of-the-art stadium.
Energized by the home crowd, DC United defeated Atlanta United with a decisive 2-0 win. Paul Arriola scored the opening goal of the season and Luciano Acosta upped the ante with another goal in the 58th minute.
“We had great energy from the crowd,” said DC United’s coach, Ben Olsen. Given the weather conditions, “it was not easy to sit here. We hope we sent them home happy.”
Just like the home crowd, the weather conditions did not seem to faze DC United fan favorite, Wayne Rooney.
“Rain was fine,” he noted. “The game today was a good game for us. We stuck to our game plan.”
Rooney continues to energize DC United fans. Arriving in July last year, Rooney hit the ground running and helped the team move from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to a playoff spot - and is still a huge point of excitement for fans.
“We drove down from Atlantic City today just to watch the game,” said season ticket holders, Buddy and Shelley. “We are excited to see Wayne Rooney play a full season with the team. He’s a leader on the field and has really brought the team together.”
Though DC United ultimately lost to the Columbus Crew in the first round of the 2018 playoffs, DC United fans have their eyes on a playoff spot once again. Better yet, the MLS Cup.
“We already made it to playoffs last season,” said Brian, a long-time DC United fan. “I think we have a really good chance of getting the Cup this year”.
If the season opener is any indication of what is to come, DC United faithful have lots to be excited about—no rain, no wind, and no defending Cup champions seem to keep DC United down.