City Paper is not for tourists
Stadium Boos With coach Thomas Rongen clutching Major League Soccer’s Alan I. Rothenberg trophy, D.C. United teammates took a victory trolley ride down Pennsylvania Avenue NW Nov. 23. Kids cutting school joined office workers on extended lunches and mildly curious tourists on the 10-block parade route to catch a glimpse of D.C.’s repeat champions. When they reached Freedom Plaza, stars such as Marco Etcheverry received praise from District pols, including Mayor Anthony A. Williams, a 120-decibel D.C. Council Chair Linda Cropp, and D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton—who will introduce legislation in Congress early next year anointing the three-time victors as “America’s Soccer Team.” The cheering came to a big halt when D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission Chair John Richardson approached the microphone. “Fix RFK! Fix RFK!” the crowd chanted at Richardson, who heads up the quasi-governmental board that maintains—if that’s what you want to call it—D.C. United’s home field. In August, a chunk of concrete fell from RFK’s upper deck while the team hosted the Miami Fusion. Taken aback by the jeers, Richardson repeated his promise to keep D.C. United in D.C.