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Photo by John Goucher

From D.C. United:

“D.C. United have announced that Ben Olsen will depart as head coach of the club effective immediately. Assistant Coach, Chad Ashton will assume the role of Interim Manager.

While Olsen will no longer move forward as the head coach of D.C. United, he and the club are working together to determine a new role for him within the organization. Read More

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courtesy New Columbia Solar

From a press release:

Audi Field, the home of Major League Soccer club, D.C. United, has partnered with New Columbia Solar, a D.C.-based solar energy company, to complete a 627.8 kW-sized solar system across the stadium’s canopies and rooftop. Construction was completed in May of 2020 with the assistance of Commonwealth Power, LLC. This is the 2nd largest solar installation at any Major League Soccer dedicated venue and the 5th largest solar installation ever in Washington, D.C.

The addition of more than 1,700 solar panels to the 20,000-seat stadium will generate over 787,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy on-site, and nearly 20 million kilowatt hours over its expected 25 years of operation. A system of this size will reduce CO2 emissions by 556 metric tons annually, equating to the amount of electricity required to power 95 homes for an entire year.

The new solar system at Audi Field is expected to reduce the stadium’s utility dependency by 30% annually, with increased projections set to occur during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the renewable energy generated by the stadium will offset electricity costs significantly each year.”

Speaking of Audi Field:

“Tie the Knot at Audi Field!

Couples can now reserve Audi Field for their wedding. Read More

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Photo by Reema Desai

From an email:

“The concept will be opening an outpost called America Eats at DC United’s Audi Field! America Eats will feature signature menu items including Pimento Grilled Cheese, Sloppy Joe, Half Smoke with local sausage, creole mustard, sliced tomato, and pickled onions, and French fries. The outpost will open for D.C United’s first game of the season against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, February 29th and will be open for the remainder of the season.”

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With D.C. United’s first game at Audi Field (vs Atlanta) set for this Sunday, there is already reason to celebrate. Last year we spoke about DC United’s bag policy and there were opinions, lots of opinions – 226 to be exact. Your voices have been heard – D.C. United dropped the news last night:

“D.C. United have announced details on their updated 2019 Audi Field Bag Policy. Read More

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Photo via Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

Thanks to all who’ve messaged. WTOP reported:

“The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority arrested D.C. United striker Wayne Rooney in Loudoun County, Virginia, for public swearing and intoxication on Dec. 16.

Rooney was released on his own recognizance and paid a $25 fine on Jan. 4.” Read More

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via D.C. United

So sweet!!

The Post reports:

“D.C. (14-11-8) is in fifth place, but with another victory next Sunday at eliminated Chicago, it would ascend another step and host a first-round playoff match Oct. 31 or Nov. 1. Fifth or sixth place would send United on the road.”

STAY TUNED.

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“Dear PoPville,

Friends and I attended our first DC United game ever at the new Audi field last Wednesday, and we had a great time and decided to return for Sunday’s game against Atlanta. On our return visit, one of my friends and I showed up toting the exact same purses as we had brought in on Wednesday with no issues, but on Sunday we were turned away after the security people compared our purses to a plastic rectangle they were holding, telling us our bags were too large. We were directed to go around the stadium and deposit our purses into storage, which of course cost an additional $15 per locker. Friends (all the women in our group were turned away) and I spent 20 minutes waiting in this line–which was of course all women, along with a few male companions–and by the time we got to our seats, we had missed 28 minutes of the game. So all in all, I was charged an additional $15 and missed 30% of the match of my $60 tickets, or $33 in total from this ridiculous policy.

Apparently this has been Audi Field’s bag policy since the stadium opened in July, but I see several issues: Read More

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