Last night Everton FC beat the DC United 3-1. Even though advertisements pertaining to last night’s game all featured the name and photo of Everton goalkeeper, American Tim Howard, he did not play last night. Instead, he signed autographs for people who purchased special sideline tickets. He then sat on the bench. D.C. United striker Charlie Davies, also featured prominently in the same advertisements, didn’t play in last night’s game either. Reportedly he stayed out of last night’s friendly because of a sore knee. I’m sure the temperature (it was over 100 degrees at kickoff) had nothing to do with it.
Speaking of people not showing up, there weren’t a lot of fans in attendance last night. I think the heat had a lot to do with it. Sheri and I brought two bottles of water in with us and I had mine gone before the game even started. Thankfully, the concession stands were selling bottles of water for only $4. As hot as it was, they could charge even more for it.
We stopped in at the official team store before the match and for some stupid reason, the air conditioning was turned off. It felt like it was 130 degrees in there.
I was hoping that Everton was going to set up a merchandise table, but if they did, I didn’t see it. It was a missed opportunity. There were probably more Everton fans in attendance last night than D.C. United fans.
The game was actually quite good. Everton quickly went up 2-0, but United never let up. They only scored one goal, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.
RFK Stadium is a dump. There is a reason the Redskins left in 1996 and the Nationals in 2007. It’s a shame the D.C. United cannot get a soccer-only facility like so many other MLS teams. As successful as the franchise as been since the creation of the MLS, you’d think the team could play somewhere that shouldn’t be on the other end of a wrecking ball.