- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2008

D.C. United will play host to David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy at RFK Stadium on June 29. The Sunday game, which is sure to pull in a big crowd, will be broadcast live nationally on ABC with a noon kickoff.

United unveiled its 2008 schedule yesterday. The club’s home games at RFK will include nine Saturday matches, four midweek games and two Sunday dates.

Last year’s game against the Galaxy drew a sold-out crowd of 46,686 at RFK. Nursing an ankle injury, Beckham came off the bench to play the last 28 minutes in the 1-0 United victory won on a goal by Luciano Emilio.

United will open its 13th season in Major League Soccer at the Kansas City Wizards on March 29. The club’s home opener in its 30-game regular season will be a week later against Toronto FC on April 5. United will play host to the MLS champion Houston Dynamo on June 4.

“Taking into account the international and domestic competitions we”re playing in, we have a lot of exciting soccer ahead of us,” United vice president Steve Zack said.

Half of United’s league games will be televised by either ABC, ESPN2, Fox Soccer Channel, HDNet or TeleFutura. Regional broadcast partner Comcast SportsNet has yet to release its schedule.

United will be in action before the MLS season opens when it competes in the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. United will travel to play Harbour View in Jamaica on March 12 with the return game at RFK on March 18.

As the winner of the Supporters Shield, United again will play in SuperLiga, which pits MLS’ four best teams against Mexico’s top clubs in July. United also will compete in the U.S. Open Cup and the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League in the fall.

United’s game against the Galaxy at RFK will be part of an unusual television doubleheader on ABC in which the network also will air the UEFA Euro 2008 title game following the MLS match.

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