There are curtain calls with hat tips, salutes from the ice with sticks pointed to the rafters and Lambeau Leaps, and then there is the manner in which D.C. United players showed love to their fans Thursday night after a match that never even kicked off.
When over 700 supporters took a mid-week bus trip into a snow storm Wednesday night, they could have easily hurried back to the dry and heated caravans waiting to take them home once the announcement was made that Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals would be postponed. But they didn't.
DCU players could have easily loaded up on team busses to take their frustrations back to the hotel. But they didn't.
Instead, in a moment of spontaneity and true respect for their supporters, United players ran out onto the snowy pitch at Red Bull Arena to salute the fans who had stayed behind in full force chanting from the upper levels. Not satisfied with the vantage point from the field, one by one DCU players, personnel and even owners jumped the barriers and climbed into the stands to join the Black and Red faithful. As snow swirled around them, United songs echoed through the otherwise empty stadium.
It was an honest and refreshing moment of mutual appreciation between a team and their supporters. A moment that transcended victories, defeats and even starting whistles.
D.C. United participated at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday at the invite of event organizers.
Throughout the day, the select players on hand played soccer with the children present.
And one of them was Barron Trump, the 11-year-old son of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.
While there, United forward Patrick Mullins and midfielders Julian Buescher and Marcelo Sarvas all received an unscheduled invitation to meet Barron in the White House, where they talked soccer and even kicked around the ball. Sarvas' eldest son, who is around Barron's age, and Talon, the United mascot, also played.
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“He was very knowledgeable about soccer, knew about D.C. United and was interested to know more,” Mullins told the Washington Post. “Little kid to have a passion for the game and to be knowledgeable and have a conversation with us, it makes me feel good about kids growing up playing the game.”
At some point during the day, 94.7 Fresh FM’s Dana McKay tweeted a photo of Barron outside the White House playing soccer in an Arsenal jersey.
According to the Post, Barron received a D.C. United soccer ball that was signed by the players and personalized with a message welcoming him to Washington. He also has an open invitation from the team to visit with them.
Barron currently lives in New York City with his mother.
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WASHINGTON -- Lloyd Sam and Luciano Acosta scored in the second half in D.C. United's 2-1 victory over NYCFC on Saturday.
After going scoreless in the first three matches of the season, D.C. United (2-2-1) has scored two goals in each of the last two.
In the 53rd minute, Lloyd stole the ball from defender Frederic Brillant deep in NYCFC's half and fired the ball from near the penalty spot past the sliding Johnson. Sam's first goal this season came in his 100th MLS start.
Acosta scored his second goal this season in the 73rd minute via a rebound. He passed to Sam, whose shot was blocked by Johnson back to Acosta for an easy score.
Bill Hamid made a terrific double-save for United in the 82nd minute, but two minutes later, NYCFC's Thomas McNamara sent a cross to David Villa, who scored his third of the season.
NYCFC (2-2-1) dominated possession and outshot United 15-12, with both teams putting six shots on target. NYCFC beat United 4-0 on March 12.