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After 22 seasons, D.C. United will play its final match at RFK Stadium against rival New York Red Bulls on Sunday. (The WASHINGTON TIMES)

D.C. United want to leave RFK Stadium on high note

The time has come for Ben Olsen and D.C. United to say farewell. After 22 seasons, United will play its final match at RFK Stadium against the rival New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

D.C. United's Chris Odoi-Atsem (3) warms up before the first half of an MLS soccer game against Orlando City, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) **FILE**

RFK Stadium farewell bittersweet for D.C. United's Chris Odoi-Atsem

As a Mitchellville native who played for a youth club in Bethesda, attended DeMatha Catholic High School and logged four years at the University of Maryland, Chris Odoi-Atsem represents a pure product of the local soccer scene.

D.C. United midfielder Russell Canouse's (4) shot created the decisive own goal in a win over Atlanta United on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Russell Canouse fills void in midfield for D.C. United

Having signed with United earlier this month from German club Hoffenheim, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, native has started the past two MLS matches -- both victories as coach Ben Olsen's team snapped an 0-8-1 skid.

Toronto FC's Drew Moor, left, and D.C. United's Lloyd Sam vie for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Toronto on Saturday, July 23, 2016. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) **FILE**

D.C. United wins 2nd straight game on own goal

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Atlanta defender Michael Parkhurst deflected the ball into his own goal in the 46th minute, the only goal in D.C. United's 1-0 victory over Atlanta United on Wednesday night.

United States' Paul Arriola (20) and El Salvador's Victor Garcia (17) jump for a header during a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal soccer match in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Mired in lost season, D.C. United adds star power

- The Washington Times

For a last-place club mired in an 0-6-1 skid, the unveiling of playmaker Zoltan Stieber, defensive midfielder Russell Canouse, forward Bruno Miranda and winger Paul Arriola offers a silver lining to a seemingly lost season.

D.C. United coach Ben Olsen said "there's certainly no panic button around here" despite his team's 0-2-1 start. (Associated Press)

Ben Olsen keeping D.C. United's skid in perspective

Three consecutive trips to the playoffs have seen Olsen's squad enjoy status as a perennial contender in recent years. But he hasn't forgotten the 2013 campaign, when the club tied a record for MLS futility with three wins in 34 matches. So with United off to an 0-2-1 start, Olsen is keeping the skid in perspective.

December 11, 2016: Wake Forest midfielder Ian Harkes (16) controls the ball during the 2nd overtime period of the NCAA men's soccer Championship game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Stanford Cardinal at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX. Stanford won 5-4 on a penalty kick shootout after two overtime periods ended with a 0-0 score...Trask Smith/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images) **FILE**

Villa has two goals in NYCFC's win over DC United

Associated Press

David Villa scored two goals and NYCFC newcomers Rodney Wallace and Maxi Moralez added one each in a 4-0 victory that overshadowed the MLS debut of 2016 Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes for D.C. United on Sunday.

The D.C. United's new soccer stadium will be known at Audi Field and is scheduled to open in mid-2018. (Photo by D.C. United)

With new stadium coming, D.C. United's final season at RFK begins

Talk of building a permanent home for D.C. United has surrounded the club since Ben Olsen broke through as a frenetic rookie in 1998. For nearly two decades, the player-turned-coach has witnessed a number of promising leads on the stadium front. With each key victory inevitably came a frustrating setback.

The D.C. United's new soccer stadium will be known at Audi Field and is scheduled to open in mid-2018. (Photo by D.C. United)

D.C. United receive zoning approval to build stadium

- The Washington Times

D.C. United cleared the final hurdle in a decade-long push to build a Major League Soccer stadium in the District, receiving unanimous approval from the city's zoning commission.

D.C. United playmaker Luciano Acosta has thrived in a new formation while veteran midfielder Lamar Neagle (center) has developed into a lethal presence off the bench. (Associated Press)

Dark-horse D.C. United riding into playoffs hot at just the right time

As fourth-seeded D.C. United faces the fifth-seeded Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference knockout round Thursday at RFK Stadium, there's reason to believe Ben Olsen's team fits the description of a dark horse threat.