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Maryland SoccerPlex to Host D.C. United's 2018 Opener

Match will be March 17th at 1:30 pm versus Houston Dynamo

Maryland SoccerPlex to Host D. C. United’s 2018 Opener

Match will be March 17th at 1:30 pm versus Houston Dynamo

Germantown Md. (February 7, 2018) – The Maryland SoccerPlex announced it will host the D.C. United’s opener on March 17th, 2018 with a 1:30 start time. United is playing its first two home games of the 2018 season at neutral sites as the team makes final preparations for the opening of Audi Field its new home.

The Maryland SoccerPlex has served as a host for many of D.C. United’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches dating back to 2001. The most recent was a June 13th, 2017 match against Christos F.C.  

“We are thrilled to host the 2018 D.C. United home game,” said Maryland SoccerPlex Executive Director Trish Heffelfinger. “We will also be hosting the MSI Cherry Blossom Classic soccer tournament so it will be a great weekend of soccer for the community.”

The Maryland SoccerPlex has a history of hosting multiple soccer events at the same time with great results. Most recently it hosted the Bethesda Premier Cup and the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship.

“It certainly takes some planning and preparation to host more than one high profile event at a time but we have always welcomed these kinds of challenges,” said Maryland SoccerPlex Executive Director Trish Heffelfinger. “It is good for the local soccer community so we will do whatever is necessary to provide everyone from coaches, players and fans with a first-class experience.”

Tickets for the SoccerPlex match will start at $25 for the public and can be purchased by contacting a D.C. United season ticket member representative at 202-587-5000.

About the Maryland SoccerPlex and Discovery Sports Center

The Maryland SoccerPlex features a combination of 24 professionally maintained, regulation-sized soccer fields, an award-winning stadium field, Maureen Hendricks Field, and overall some of the highest quality facilities in the country. The SoccerPlex hosts youth leagues, adult leagues, youth tournaments, NCAA Division I college matches and conference championships (ACC), U.S. Open Cup matches (D.C. United), professional women's matches (Washington Spirit) and a variety of international teams and competitions. 

The Discovery Sports Center is the largest open indoor space in Montgomery County. The arena features 8 basketball and/or volleyball courts on a lined urethane surface from March to November.  In November, two synthetic turf fields are rolled out complete with netting for indoor soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball and rugby.

The mission of the SportsPlex is to create a fun, nurturing and safe environment for all participants. The focus on child safety was further enhanced in 2015 when the Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Management Policy (“CCAMP”) was introduced.  The policy ensures the protection of players as well as the education of coaches, staff and families on concussion symptoms, treatment and prevention.

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