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D.C. United & Comcast SportsNet to launch 'Brunch with D.C. United'

Sunday morning program to highlight historic United matches
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - D.C. United, with its broadcast partner Comcast SportsNet, announced today the launch of "Brunch With D.C. United: A Decade Of Passion." The two-hour program will air Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., highlighting ten great games from the past decade. The show premieres this Sunday, January 29, featuring the Black-and-Red's thrilling penalty-kick victory over the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Final on November 11, 2004. Dave Johnson, the Voice of D.C. United, will host the series and provide his introspective look at the past 10 years of D.C. United soccer. The series will run for ten straight weeks, leading up to the club's April 2 home opener versus the MetroStars.

"'Brunch With D.C. United' will allow long-term fans a chance to re-live fond memories while allowing supporters new to the club a chance to see first-hand details of United's great history," said United Sr. Vice President Stephen Zack. "By celebrating the past decade, we remind ourselves of the standard set by D.C. United and look forward to the next ten years."

Entering the team's 11th season, the series celebrates 10 years of United soccer and partnering with Comcast SportsNet. "Brunch With D.C. United: A Decade Of Passion" is the latest addition to a burgeoning relationship, which includes game broadcasts, pre-game elements, live post-game analysis and high-definition production of home telecasts. Comcast SportsNet, a division of Comcast Corporation, is a service of Philadelphia-based Comcast Regional Sports Television serving more than 4.7 million homes in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington D.C., via more than 200 cable systems in the Mid-Atlantic region and major satellite services. The network is home to coverage of the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Washington Capitals, and the ACC, as well as additional original programming featuring the region's professional, minor league, and collegiate teams.

"At Comcast SportsNet, we are always searching for ways to bring our viewers quality programming they can't find anywhere else," said Sam Schroeder, executive vice president and general manager of Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. "Our partnership with D.C. United allows us the opportunity to provide the team's fans a chance to reminisce about some of the greatest games over the past 10 years."

Episode Listing:

January 29: 2004 Eastern Conference Final v. New England Revolution (Nov. 6, 2004)
Considered to be one of the most entertaining games in MLS history, the Black-and-Red struck for goals on three different occasions, only to have the Revolution respond each time with a goal of their own. After an 85th minute New England goal knotted the score at three, the two teams played two scoreless overtime periods, before heading to penalty kicks. The 21,201 at RFK Stadium were not disappointed as the game came down to the final penalty kick in which D.C.'s Nick Rimando sent United on to the MLS Cup with a save.

February 5: 2004 MLS Cup v. Kansas City Wizards (Nov. 14, 2004)
United completed their 'Return to Glory' with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Wizards at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as Alecko Eskandarian earned game MVP honors with two goals. After the Wizards took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, Eskandarian answered with goals in the 19th and 23rd minutes. A KC own goal in the 26th made the score 3-1 at halftime. Josh Wolff made the last half-hour interesting with a 58th minute penalty kick, but the Black-and-Red held on to earn the club's fourth MLS Cup championship.

February 12: United v. Chicago Fire (April 8, 2000)
One of the most unlikely finishes in MLS history, United earned a last-gasp 3-2 victory on a cold evening at RFK Stadium. D.C. opened scoring with a John Maessner goal in the 22nd minute, before Chicago's Hirsto Stoitchkov evened the score in the last minute of the first half. The game remained 1-1 until the 85th minute when former United draft pick Jesse Marsch struck, for what appeared to be, the game-winner. A draw seemed unlikely as the 90th minute passed, however Jaime Moreno scored in the second minute of extra time, before Ben Olsen miraculously notched the game-winner a minute later.

February 19: 1999 Eastern Conference Final | Game 3 v. Columbus (Nov. 13, 1999)
Tied at a game apiece in the best-of-three series, United returned home to RFK for game three, following a 5-1 throttling by the Crew the week before. The Black-and-Red put to rest any doubt the team's three-year dominance was over by putting a 4-0 thrashing on the shocked Columbus side. Marco Ethceverry had a hand in every goal, notching three assists and the final tally of the mach in the 86th minute. The win allowed D.C. to advance to the MLS Cup final.

February 26: 1999 MLS Cup (Nov. 21, 1999)
Two first half goals saw United earn their third MLS Cup championship, defeating the Galaxy at Foxboro Stadium. Jaime Moreno struck in the 19th minute off a pass from Roy Lassister, before Ben Olsen scored an uncontested goal in first half extra time.

March 5: 1998 InterAmerican Cup final | 2nd leg v. Vasco da Gama (Dec. 12, 1998)
A crowning moment in MLS history, United earned the InterAmerican Cup title, defeating highly regarded Vasco da Gama of Brazil at Lockhart Stadium in Miami, FL. D.C. entered the second-leg match following a 1-0 defeat at RFK on Nov. 14. Needing two goals to win the aggregate series, the Black-and-Red's Tony Sanneh struck in the 34th minute to knot the series at one, before Eddie Pope notched the game-winner in the 77th minute of play. The win earned United the title of 'Best Club in the Americas.'

March 12: 1997 MLS Cup v. Colorado Rapids (Oct. 26, 1997)
The biggest crowd ever to watch an MLS game at RFK Stadium, 57,431 fans were not disappointed as United earned a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Cup. The team's second championship came on the strength of goals by Jaime Moreno in the 37th minute and Tony Sanneh in the 68th. Colorado's Adrian Paz made the final minutes interesting by scoring in the 75th minute, but D.C. held on to repeat as MLS champions.

March 19: United v. Tampa Bay (July 12, 1996)
United's victory over the conference-leading Mutiny changed the way in which MLS games were viewed by the public. The well-played match saw heightened drama as it was played on a sodden field following hurricane Bertha. An emerging Marco Etcheverry displayed his wizardry by scoring the lone goal in the 72nd minute, as goalkeeper Mark Simpson earned the shutout.

March 26: 1996 Eastern Conference Semi-final | Game 3 v. MetroStars (Oct. 2, 1996)
After falling in a shootout in game one of the three-game series, United rebounded with a 1-0 victory in the second game to force a series-deciding game at RFK Stadium. Steve Rammel gave D.C. the lead in the 65th minute, but Athony De Avilia evened the score in the 86th. As time wore down it looked like the game would be decided in overtime, but a MetroStars foul in the goal box led to a penalty kick opportunity for United, which Raul Diaz Arce converted in the 89th minute to win the game.

April 2: 1996 MLS Cup v. Los Angeles (Oct. 20, 1996)
The MLS brass could not have hoped for a better finish to the League's inaugural season, as United overcame seemingly impossible odds to earn the first MLS Cup. A two-day downpour prior to the match dumped more than four inches of rain on the Boston area, while numerous roads were closed due to flooding. A waterlogged field did not hinder a well-played game, however, as the Galaxy came out and notched a fifth minute goal off the strength of Eduardo Hurtado's head. LA went up 2-0 when Chris Armas scored in the 56th, but the Black-and-Red finally got on the board when second-half sub Tony Sanneh scored in the 73rd. Another second-half sub, Shawn Medved scored the equalizer nine minutes later. The game went to overtime where Eddie Pope etched his name in D.C. United history by scoring a sudden-death 94th minute goal off a March Etcheverry corner kick, allowing United to hoist the very first MLS Cup.

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