Wednesday, June 22, 2016

[D.C. Untied 14-15] Part 2: Houston Dynamo vs D.C. United, June 18, 2016

The next day, Thursday, I left for Houston, Texas, where D.C. United were going to be playing the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Monday, June 20, 2016

[D.C. Untied 14-15] Part 1: D.C. United vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers, June 15, 2016

Each 0-0 draw is its own unique plot point existing somewhere in between a win and a loss. Watching D.C. United’s B-team take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for 120 minutes of scoreless soccer felt like a loss even before we went on to actually lose during penalty kicks. Watching a D.C. United A-team that was missing not only 2015’s top scorer but 3 other goal scorers of an already low-scoring 2016 grind out a 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo--earning a road point on a swampy June evening--felt much closer to victory.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

[D.C. Untied 13] D.C. United vs Seattle Sounders, June 1, 2016

The early summer evening couldn’t have been more ideal. A light breeze, the soft glow of twilight. There was more of a crowd than I’d expected for a random Wednesday night game against a West Coast opponent. I hadn’t realized how popular the Seattle Sounders were until surrounded by a sea of their puke green jerseys. I felt a bit self-conscious, having come right from work, still dressed in my work clothes and wearing no D.C. United gear whatsoever. Thanks to the new security restrictions, we are no longer allowed to bring in bags large enough to fit a change of clothes and, alas, I can’t wear my Birnbaum jersey to the office. But the unease passed as soon as I’d settled in, Tecate in hand, to watch the teams warm up. With the District Ultras still sitting out the first half of home games in protest, I’d taken to sitting in random seats behind the Screaming Eagles section, just like my brother and I used to do before I was really a fan.

Friday, June 3, 2016


In the two years since I wrote about the first Tigers film I’ve watched the second Tigers film 『ザ・タイガース 華やかなる招待』(The Tigers Hanayakanaru Shoutai; The Tigers Fabulous Invitation, December 1968; referenced as the title of a Pizzicato Five song apparently!) numerous times and enjoyed it more each time through. For those who don’t remember and don’t want to read the first piece again, the short version is the Tigers are Julie (vocals), Sally (bass), Taro (guitar/band leader), Toppo (lead guitar and sometimes lead vocals), and Pi (pronounced “Pee”, drums). The Tigers were high school friends from Kyoto and were massive music fans, kicking around the dance club scene in Kyoto and nearby Osaka. They were encouraged formed a band by the president of the official Beatles fanclub of Osaka who they met waiting to see a gig. She scoffed at them and said, “Y’all are men, ain’t you? Make your own band.” She later also became president of the Tigers fan club. The Tigers were very young when they got their break in 1967 and in 1968 when 『華やかなる招待』(Fabulous Invitation) was filmed and released, they were all about 21-22 years old.

(L-R: Sally, Pi, Julie, Toppo, Taro)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

[D.C. Untied 12] Philadelphia Union vs D.C. United, May 20, 2016

You may as well take it in the guts – it can’t get worse

Take it in the guts – it can’t get worse that this

You’ll soon be old enough to leave them

And without a notion of a care

You’ll lift two fingers in the air to linger there...

Belle & Sebastian, “Lord Anthony”

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

[D.C. Untied 11] D.C. United vs New York Red Bulls, May 13, 2016

Is there a sweeter victory for a D.C. United fan than a victory over the New York Red Bulls? No, there is not. Friday night was no exception. D.C. United scored two brilliant goals in the first half, flatfooting the Red Bull defense and making goalkeeper Luis Robles look like a fool. After a couple of legendary saves from United goalie Travis Worra, the Red Bulls collapsed in on themselves, finishing the game with a whimper. 2-0. In the stands we were still chanting: “D.C. United!”; “Travis Worra!”; and the chant we've been singing so long it's part of our repertoire even when we aren't playing them, “Fuck the Red Bulls!”

Monday, May 9, 2016

[D.C. Untied 10] D.C. United vs New York City FC, May 8, 2016

Deep into the second half D.C. United is 2 goals down to NYCFC and look like they’ve forgotten everything they’ve ever learned about how to put a ball inside a net. Across the pitch I can see people drifting towards the exits. From in the District Ultras section Srdan waves his arms to get our attention. We’re switching chants. He starts singing:

Oh United

Even when the times are bad

They can try but they won’t stop us.

We’re always black and red.

The banner in front of our section tonight read “District Customers,” a nod to the word that had allegedly been thrown around the meeting Ultras leadership had with the D.C. United front office. We weren’t supporters or fans, we were merely customers. Why did we have to be so troublesome?

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