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August 27th, 2009

Leonsis Boosts DC United

Over the past few weeks, DC United has been running short videos from Washington-area sports figures urging folks to come out to RFK for the US Open Cup Final against the Seattle Sounders on September 2.  The latest personality to appear: Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis:

I have to admit I’m taken by this campaign, and how many of the local teams are actively working to establish a sense of community between their fan bases.  Of course, not only does it feel good, but as we’ve seen from more than a few appearances by Barra Brava at the Verizon Center, it helps to sell tickets too.

Fellowship aside, we need to realize that United has more on the line than just a championship. Out in Seattle, the MLS ownership group lobbied to host the Open Cup Final at Qwest Field, home ground of the Sounders.  Safe to say, with the way the franchise has been drawing in its inaugural season, I have to admit they made a great case.

After they lost out to DCU, some Sounders fans complained long and hard, and if the crowd at RFK next week is disappointing, US Soccer and DC United are going to have some explaining to do.

And speaking of tickets

UPDATE: The folks at GoSounders.com are spreading FUD about the whole process.