SATURDAY

Today’s D.C. United season opener against the Los Angeles Galaxy offers area sports fans plenty of bang for their bucks. The Galaxy, last year’s league runner-up, faces three-time and current champion United, led by diabolic midfielder Marco Etcheverry (pictured). The United team, which has beaten the Galaxy twice in the MLS final, remains largely intact, even after the retirement of Curt onalfo and the salary-cap-enforced trades of Roy Lassiter and Jason Moore. With the Galaxy hoping for revenge on United’s home turf, the match promises to be a great one, with a projected attendance of more than 30,000. (L.A. got a paltry 24,831 for its home opener.) If you’ve never been to a soccer match, particularly a United game, there will be no better opportunity than this to introduce yourself to the excitement of the sport, on the field and in the stands. The east side of RFK will be bouncing up and down at least as much as it did when the ‘Skins called it home. So get some friends together, buy your tickets in advance, and arrive early. The opening game of the season is always a big one, and although United is always fired up on the field, the stadium authority and the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission are not always prepared off the field. But even the idea of waiting forever to get in doesn’t bother me. I’m just counting the hours ’til my first Foggy Bottom Ale and cry of “Deeeeee Ceeeeee Yooooooniiiiiiteeed!” At 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at RFK Stadium, 22nd and East Capitol Streets NE. $14-$36. (202) 432-7328. (Kelly Riles)