The last game at RFK Stadium is sure to be an emotionally charged event for D.C. United and it’s fans, but Sunday started off on the right foot with the Legends game. Featuring stars from all four MLS Cups, two teams filled with former United and Washington Diplomats celebrated the history of soccer at RFK with a 50 minute game, with the Black team beating the Red team 5-4.
Yesterday, several of the legends came out to United’s open practice, milling about with the fans that supported them during their time with the Black-and-Red. Stories were shared, memorabilia was signed, and what is meant to be a fun weekend got off on the right foot.
At the Legends Game, that good feeling continued, as a game of 15 players against 13 players kicked off a couple of hours before the season finale against the New York Red Bulls. Some of the biggest names in team history turned out for the game including: Ben Olsen, Jaime Moreno, Marco Etcheverry, John Harkes, Ryan Nelsen,lsen, Hristo Stoichkov and Santino Quaranta, to name a few.
The pick of the goals on the day came in the first half, when Jamil Walker slammed home a half volley from a corner. Walker spent three seasons in the nation’s capital, and was part of the 2004 team that lifted United’s most recent MLS Cup trophy.
Olsen, who still had to coach United against the Red Bulls after the Legends game, made the most of his time out on the field, trying in vain to score one last ground at the last original MLS stadium from 1996. In the second half, fed up with his lack of finishing, Olsen picked up the ball, and threw it into the goal, earning applause from the crowd.