Part cocky declaration and part call-to-action, an open letter from team president and CEO Kevin Payne
that was placed in the pages of Monday's Washington Post attempts to serve
the dual purpose of reminding the city that, simply put, "we win trophies," as well as imploring fans to come out as they "try to add a 13th title to the D.C. United trophy case"
when they defend their 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title at RFK Stadium on Sept. 2.
The letter includes not-so-subtle digs at their Open Cup final opponent and a fan base that has
been the toast of the league in 2009. Downplaying Seattle's support in the stands and a controversial claim by the Sounders that their home field would add a larger, superior atmosphere to the
often anti-climactic competition, D.C. reminds the first-year Qwest Field flocks that "for 14 seasons, our fans have been the standard by which other fans in Major League Soccer are
While this may be mostly true (with past challenges from the Chicago Fire's Section 8 and more recently by Toronto FC's booming BMO backing), one might point
out that if you have such a significant amount of loyal, vibrant supporters, maybe you shouldn't have to place an expensive, full-page ad in the paper to get the kind of turnout that these days
has become all but routine at the home of your opponent.
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