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Soccer in the United States has long been popular amongst all ages and it is the most popular recreational sport for both boys and girls, and according to History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game, has been so for about 25 years. This late 20th century boom is attributed for the most part to the existence of the North American Soccer League from 1967 to 1984, and the New York Cosmos, its marquee team which included among its players stellar names like Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer.

Professional soccer has expanded since the mid-1990s, especially since the 1994 FIFA World Cup which was hosted in the United States for the first time. Both the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Women's World Cups were also held in the U.S., and the United States women's national team is one of the best in the world. Their home crowd of over 90,000 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California for the 1999 World Cup Final remains the largest crowd in the world ever to witness any women's sporting event.

More and more Americans, having played the game in their youth are now avid spectators. Most cities with Major League Soccer teams have large fan bases. In addition, as Latin American immigration is increasing overall in the entire nation, so is the popularity of soccer.

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Fred warming up before a Major League Soccer (MLS) Superliga match between D.C. United and Chivas at RFK Stadium, Washington, DC.
D.C. United is a professional soccer club located in Washington, D.C. that participates in Major League Soccer, the United States' top-tier soccer league. Considered the most successful club in American soccer, the club has won the U.S. Open Cup and holds the record for most MLS Cups and MLS Supporters' Shields with four apiece. Furthermore, D.C. United is the first club to be awarded the MLS Supporters' Shield back-to-back (2006 and 2007) and the first club to win back-to-back MLS Cups (1996 and 1997). In 1998 D.C. United became the first American club to win the CONCACAF Champions' Cup and the Copa Interamericana, defeating Club Toluca of Mexico 1-0 and Vasco da Gama of Brazil on 2-1 aggregate.

The team's home field is the 20,000-seat Audi Field, in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Washington, D.C.. From 1996-2017, they played their matches at RFK Stadium. The club also has one of the strongest fan bases in the league and country, with three supporters' clubs (La Barra Brava, the Screaming Eagles, and La Norte) and one of the highest attendance averages in Major League Soccer. The club's official nickname is the "Black-and-Red" and home uniforms are black and white with accents of red.

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Fans watching the showdown in chinatown
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Fans hanging on a fence to watch the Showdown in Chinatown charity soccer match at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Manhattan, June 2008.

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Brandi Chastain commentating on a game
Brandi Chastain (born July 21, 1968) is a former soccer player, who was on the U.S. women's national soccer team from 1991 to 2004 and the San Jose CyberRays of the WUSA from 2001 to 2003. She is best known for her game-winning penalty kick against China in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup final and her bra-baring celebration afterwards.

Chastain first represented her country on April 18, 1991, against Mexico. She came off the bench as a forward to score five consecutive goals in a 12-0 United States win in a CONCACAF FIFA Women's World Cup. Team USA went on to win the World Cup, staged in China.

After retiring from the game, she moved into sports commentary; covering both Major League Soccer and the Olympic Games.


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  • June 27: Colombia beats USA 1-0 for 2016 Copa América bronze
  • June 24: Messi sets scoring record for Argentina; defeats USA in Copa América semis
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