Dewey Number: 796.334
Major League Soccer was born in 1996. And so was the run of greatness for D.C. United. The Black-and-Red captured three league championships in the first four years. They have since won many other events. D.C. United has also featured many of the finest players in MLS history. It is no wonder that they are considered one of the greatest franchises ever in Major League Soccer. This book places the reader on the field. That is where exciting stars such as Jaime Moreno and Marco Etcheverry thrilled D.C. United fans with their brilliant play. It is where goalkeepers like Tony Perkins and Bill Hamid stopped shot after shot. And it is where the Black-and-Red dominated the league in their early years.
“As this volume in the Major League Soccer series (12 titles) attests, soccer is the world’s most popular sport and it’s gaining fans in the U.S. at an astonishing rate. The U.S. didn’t have its own professional soccer league—Major League Soccer (MLS)—until 1996, but since then the number of member franchises has more than doubled. This book highlights MLS team D.C. United, one of the league’s original members, looking at its history and star players as well as basic gameplay and how playoff matches work. Photos of players on the field capture the game’s action, and periodic “Fun Fact” boxes are packed with stats and trivia. The inclusion of the rigors of travel, importance of fan support, and great diversity of MLS players create a rounded team history.”--Booklist, October 1, 2018, Julia Smith