DC United Hosts Chelski

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  1. DCDave

    DCDave Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    As a DC United planhoder, I just got this e-mail. If anyone is interested in me geting tix for them before they go on public sale, let me know. I might be going, as I don't leave for Columbus until the next day.

    (Notice that it is just two days before the BIG Fulham-MLS match and the day after the Fulham scrimmage in Columbus)

    (Note the very last line of the press release.)




    2004 MLS Cup Champions, D.C. United, will take on the English Premier League Champions, Chelsea F.C. in a special ?Clash of the Champions? match at Fed Ex Field on July 28th @ 8:00 PM.

    All D.C. United Planholders can purchase their tickets in a special pre-sale beginning today, June 16th through the D.C. United front office. All sales will be open to the public on June 27th, so call your D.C. United ticket representative today and take advantage of this exclusive offer.

    Attached is the official press release that has been sent out by D.C. United. More information to follow concerning ticket prices and the official order form.

    Additional Information: The D.C. United match scheduled for July 28th @ 7:30 PM against Real Salt Lake has been moved to Wednesday, August 31st @ 7:30 PM. Your July 28th vs. Real Salt Lake ticket will be valid for the newly rescheduled game date of August 31st at RFK Stadium. Your July 28th vs. Real Salt Lake ticket will NOT be valid for the D.C. United vs. Chelsea FC match now taking place at FedEx Field on that date as this is a separate, stand alone event and is not part of any full or half season ticket package. Flex vouchers or exchanges are also not valid for the July 28th match at FedEx Field.

    News Release

    For Immediate Release - June 16, 2005
    Contact: Doug Hicks (202) 587-5448,
    Boris Flores (202) 587-5452 or
    Kyle Sheldon (202) 587-5450

    D.C. United to Host Chelsea FC in ?Clash of Champions?

    English Premier League and Major League Soccer Champions Set to Meet July 28

    Washington, D.C. (June 16, 2005) - D.C. United, in conjunction with Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM), announced today that the MLS Cup Champions will face English Premier League Champion Chelsea FC at FedEx Field on July 28, highlighting the four-match 2005 World Series of Football. The week-long series of games will also include 2005 UEFA Champion?s League runner-up A.C. Milan and the three-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and 1998 MLS Cup Champion Chicago Fire. The United match with Chelsea marks the first time that reigning champions of the Major League Soccer and the English Premier League have squared off. The ?Clash of Champions? is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. kick-off and will be televised nationally by espn2.

    ?D.C. United is thrilled to host Chelsea, one of the world?s finest soccer clubs, for this exciting match,? said United President and CEO Kevin Payne. ?Chelsea is a team with great tradition and even greater aspirations. We?re proud of our 10-year history and what we?ve accomplished, both domestically and internationally. We look forward to a tremendous night of world-class soccer for all of the fans in our area.?

    D.C. United season ticket holders may now order priority tickets in advance of public sale by phoning United at 202-587-5000. Other interested parties may also purchase tickets before public sale by becoming a D.C. United ticket plan holder or by purchasing a special ?Champions Pack,? which includes the Chelsea match and United?s home game against the San Jose Earthquakes, scheduled for Friday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices for the exhibition match range from $35-$75, for general seating areas, and include parking fees. Club seating is priced from $85-$120, including parking. Group pricing options are also available.

    In order to accommodate the July 28 exhibition, United moved a League match against Real Salt Lake to August 31. United supporters holding a ticket to the previously scheduled July 28 contest may use that ticket to gain admittance to the re-scheduled date.

    In existence since 1905, Chelsea won the 2005 English Premiership with 95 points on the campaign, posting a record of 29 wins, eight ties and only one loss. The 2005 crown was Chelsea?s first League title in 50 years, having last claimed the honors in 1955. Among the club?s international stars are English national team regulars Joe Cole (M), John Terry (D), and Frank Lampard (M), Ireland?s Damien Duff (M), Arjen Robben (M) of Holland, Iceland?s Eidur Gudjohnsen (F), France?s Claude Makelele (M) and Ivory Coast?s Didier Drogba (F). Chelsea is owned by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich and is led by manager Jos? Mourinho, who managed FC Porto to the Champion?s League title prior to joining the English club in June of 2004.

    As a charter member of Major League Soccer, United won the first ever MLS Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 in the League?s inaugural 1996 season. D.C. dominated the early years of MLS, making four consecutive appearances in the MLS Cup Championship game, also winning in 1997 and 1999. In 2004, United won their League-high fourth MLS Cup, defeating Kansas City 3-2 under the direction of former Polish international Peter Nowak. Led by the club?s all-time leading scorer Jaime Moreno, United also features U.S. national team pool players Alecko Eskandarian, Ben Olsen, Nick Rimando and Clyde Simms and rising star Freddy Adu on the current squad.

    Since 1997, D.C. United has traveled across the globe and battled 25 clubs from 13 countries. The list of clubs is impressive, including Germany's Bayer Leverkusen, Mexico's Club America, CD Toluca, and UNAM Pumas, Vasco da Gama of Brazil, and Argentina's Boca Juniors, among others. D.C. United has also played five friendlies against teams from England and has yet to lose: 1-1 vs. Leeds United (May 16, 1997); 3-1 vs Newcastle United (July 22, 2000); 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur (October 17, 2002); 1-0 vs. Tottenham Hotspur (May 14, 2003); and 1-1 vs. Blackburn Rovers (July 23, 2003 - D.C. won on penalty kicks).

    In only its third year of play, D.C. pulled off what is arguably the greatest triumph ever for American club soccer in international competition. D.C. won the 1998 CONCACAF Champion?s Cup over CD Toluca as the best club in the region and went on to defeat South American Champion Vasco de Gama of Brazil to win the Intercontinental Cup.

    The 2005 World Series of Soccer boasts three other matches. A.C. Milan and Chelsea will meet twice - in Foxboro, Mass. on July 24 and East Rutherford, N.J. on July 31- and Milan and the Chicago Fire will play once, on July 27, at Chicago?s Soldier Field.

    ?With A.C. Milan and Chelsea FC we have arguably the two best and most important football teams in the world,? said AEG President Tim Leiweke. ?As they both have been extremely competitive at the highest level of professional soccer this should be a fantastic World Series of Football.?


    Sunday, July 24

    AC Milan vs. Chelsea FC

    Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA - Time TBD

    Wednesday, July 27
    AC Milan vs. Chicago Fire
    Soldier Field, Chicago, at 9 p.m. ET

    Thursday, July 28
    Chelsea vs. D.C. United
    Fedex Field, Washington D.C. at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2

    Sunday, July 31
    AC Milan vs. Chelsea FC
    Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ - Time TBD

    Broadcasting and P.A. Request: When speaking of the organization, please refer to the team as either ?D.C. United? or ?United,? but not ?the D.C. United? or ?the United.? We appreciate your cooperation.
  2. JohnnyCash

    JohnnyCash New Member

    Jan 5, 2005
    Why the hell are they having it at Fed Ex? RFK holds 50k I think, do they really think they're going to sell more tickets than that? Plus its a narrow football field. Then danny boy snyder gets my money...i'm considering not going just for that reason.

    Either way, my dad want's to go. So I'll end up going, and leaving the next morning for Ohio
  3. americanmike

    americanmike Administrator

    Dec 30, 2004
    Re: RE: DC United Hosts Chelski

    Well Johnny, I must say, you are committed...
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