D.C. United to play double header with World Champion Spain


WASHINGTON, February 28, 2014 — In an exciting move, D.C. United will play at FedEx Field on June 7 as part of the “Road to Brazil,” a seven game event across the U.S. just days before 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

United will move from its home at RFK Stadium to take on the Columbus Crew at FedEx Field in a double header following the game between World champion Spain and El Salvador.

This means, United’s regular season match against the Crew, which was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. at RFK Stadium, will now be the second leg of the double header with games times yet to be announced.

There is a huge El Salvadoran community in the Washington metro area, and along with United’s dedicated fan base, and fans wishing to see the World Champion Spanish team, with superstar players such as Andreas Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas, FedEx could possibly be a sellout on game day.

“This will be a great day of soccer and we are excited to represent our great city on the field as we prepare for a big regular season game against the Columbus Crew,” United Chief Operating Officer Michael Williamson. “Having the World Champion in D.C., in their last match before going to Brazil, facing local favorites El Salvador will be a great experience for all involved.”

For full season ticket holders this will be a double ticket event which means admissions to both games requires a Columbus Crew ticket plus a special event ticket.

In other United news, the club announced that Chief Operating Officer and former Chief Financial Officer Michael Williamson will move on from his position effective Feb. 28. Williamson will relocate to Italy, where he will take on the CFO role for the Serie A club F.C. Internazionale Milano, a team also owned by D.C. United co-owner Erick Thohir.

Replacing Williamson will be Tom Hunt who joins United from Monumental Sports & Entertainment, where he has been the senior vice president of corporate partnerships since April 2011. Hunt was responsible for sponsorship initiatives for all of the properties under the Monumental Sports umbrella, including the Washington Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, Verizon Center, Kettler Capitals Iceplex and Monumental Network.

In other front office news, United announced that Mike Schoenbrun has been named the club’s Chief Revenue Officer. Schoenbrun, who joined D.C. United in January 2013 as Vice President of Development and Partnerships, takes charge of of all media, marketing and commercial revenues, including retail, sponsorship, corporate partnerships and ticket sales.

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for over 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

Follow John on Twitter at @Johnahaydon

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