Unfortunately, they were playing their games 'on the road; while their new purpose built soccer stadium, the 20,000 capacity Audi Field was being built. Ah well, I would compensate by slipping in a visit to the old stadium, the Robert F Kennedy Stadium, as well as check up on how the new build was coming along.
On looking up the location of the RFK I found that there would be a soccer game (of sorts) on while I was visiting, the 'Clasico De Campeones'. This was to involve two Central American countries, Honduras and El Salvador, sounds interesting I thought and duly bought a ticket online.
It turned out to be one of a series of challenge games involving the champions of El Salvador, Allianza, and the champions of Honduras, Olimpia.
The dilapidated RFK Stadium was built in the 1960s and has been home to all manner of American sports over the decades, including the home ground for the Washington Diplomats NASL team and DC United. The week before it had even staged a Wales v South Africa rugby match.
A colourful, noisy, crowd of about 4,000 central Americans enjoyed a lively contest. One notable chap on the field was a certain Wilson Palacios, formerly of Wigan, Spurs and Stoke, trundling around the Honduran midfield. An entertaining encounter ended 3-1 to the El Salvador champions, with an unauthorised firework display from the ultras during the latter stages of the second half .
The future of the ground that had staged 1994 World Cup fixtures is uncertain, so I was chuffed to have got in a visit to the historic old venue.
On visiting the Audi Field, which was due to be opened for the DC United v Vancouver Whitecaps game in mid-July, I found the surrounding area was still pretty much a building site. So, no chance of sneaking inside for a photo opportunity.