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DC United versus Salt Lake, 9.24.11

DC United versus Salt Lake, 9.24.11

DC United versus Salt Lake, 9.24.11

DC United versus Salt Lake, 9.24.11

DC United versus Salt Lake, 9.24.11

DC United versus Salt Lake, 9.24.11

DC United versus Chicago, 10.15.11

DC United versus Chicago, 10.15.11

DC United versus Portland, 10.19.11

DC United versus Portland, 10.19.11

DC United versus Kansas City, 10.22.11

DC United versus Kansas City, 10.22.11

Starting a new supporters group is a massive challenge, even for those with the experience of the District Ultras leadership. As DC United General Manager Dave Kasper mentioned on the recent Pitch Invasion podcast, DC United’s support may have to wait until the club moves to a new stadium before it matches the new standards set in MLS support in recent seasons, reclaiming the ground once held by Barra Brava and Screaming Eagles.

One suspects if DC’s support does take a fresh spurt forward, it’ll be in part from District Ultras’ imaginative tifo efforts: as Bastaic puts it, “We’ve got a good mixture of veterans and new blood, and we can really go anywhere from here, supporting our club and representing our city.”

Update: Here’s a roundup of District Ultras’ 2011 tifo efforts

All photos provided by District Ultras. Photos 7.15.10 and 9.24.11 by Neil Brandvold.

Fan Zone
  • February 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm Ben

    Working with the team? Sell outs!

  • February 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm Alec

    “Working with the club” means negotiating to get the banners and poles in the stadium.

    Yeah, that’s really “selling out”. :rolleyes:

  • February 28, 2012 at 11:56 am Srdan

    I think it was a joke :p

  • February 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm mighty!

    no pics of the phoenix?

  • February 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm Brian

    Great article! You guys really have done a great job with tifo. This article actually showed some things that I’d never seen before. What’s also cool is that I was the one who sent the DU the picture with the caption “DC United versus Chicago, 10.15.11”. I handle tifo for the Screaming Eagles, and Srdan’s definitely the front runner for best tifo guy (I like to think I’m getting better).

    DU are a cool bunch of people and we definitely need to make some joint tifo at some point. Can’t wait until March 10th!

  • February 28, 2012 at 11:31 pm Theo

    Great article! I’ve been with the DU for the whole last season and the very final part of the one before (september and beyond), I went with them just to try and I decided to stick with it (and I tend to be a little picky about these things, after so many years in Italian stadiums). Although still small, it’s a good group, with a good mix of tifo experience and youth energy – I think we’ll grow over time.

  • February 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm Big-E

    Yeah. Plus when there are only like a dozen guys in your entire section, it is important to have big signs! Let’s be clear, you can’t put up giant signs and leave them there because you’ll block the view of everyone behind you. We have the same issue mid-field, so we worked it out to keep the great seating areas!

  • March 1, 2012 at 12:59 am Srdan

    Don’t forget we did this exact thing from 2004-2009 in midfield 🙂 Fortress RFK and Heart of a Lion were about same size of things we do now (also first 2 pictures are from midfield before we got a section).

  • March 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm Weekend Warrior

    Big-E –
    The banners stay up for a grand total of maybe 5 minutes at the beginning of the games. Nobody complains about blocked views. The important thing is having people in the section who care about the game and the team, not just tailgating and drinking.


  • March 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm The North Stand

    Great to see so much support for a US team! Go DC