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D.C. United to host AFC Ajax Amsterdam in international friendly on May 22 – TICKETS ON SALE

D.C. United to host AFC Ajax Amsterdam in international friendly on May 22 – TICKETS ON SALE

Washington, D.C. (March 14, 2011) – D.C. United announced today plans for the club will play an international friendly against legendary Dutch Eredivisie side AFC Ajax on Sunday, May 22 at RFK Stadium. Though Ajax played a 1-1 draw against the U.S. Men’s National Team at RFK Stadium on May 12, 1990, this will be the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.  Kick-off is set for 5:00 p.m. ET. TICKETS ON SALE – BUY NOW

“We’re excited to kick off our 2011 schedule of international games with one of the most honored teams in European soccer, Ajax of Amsterdam,” said United President and CEO Kevin Payne.  “This match will be the first of several matches this season featuring top quality European opponents and we’re pleased that our season ticket holders will have the opportunity to attend each of these matches as a part of their package.” 

Tickets for this match are available as part of Full Season Ticket plans and 10-Game Plan A Holders as Special Game A. Groups of 15 or more may now purchase discounted tickets at $25 for Spectator level, $30 for Premium, $40 for VIP and $50 for Mezzanine level.  Individual game tickets on sale  for $30 at the Spectator level, $40 at Premium level, $50 at VIP level and $60 at the Mezzanine level –  BUY TICKETS

Founded in 1900 and named after the mythological Greek hero bearing the same name, Ajax is among the most successful clubs in the world.  Ajax is one of only five teams to repeat as European champions, having accomplished the feat in 1971-1973.  The club won a European treble, three major titles in a single season, in 1972 and claimed the last of four European titles (now known as Champions League) in 1995.  Ajax has won the Eredivisie league title on 29 occasions.  The club plays their home matches at the famed Amsterdam ArenA, which opened in 1996.  Ajax currently stand in third place in the Dutch Eredivisie, a mere three points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven. 

“We’re excited to kick off our 2011 schedule of international games with one of the most honored teams in European soccer, Ajax of Amsterdam,” said United President and CEO Kevin Payne. PHOTO by CHRIS REIKO

“We’re excited to kick off our 2011 schedule of international games with one of the most honored teams in European soccer, Ajax of Amsterdam,” said United President and CEO Kevin Payne. PHOTO by CHRIS REIKO

“We are truly honored to be coming to the US and playing the most storied franchise in MLS history,” said Manager Frank de Boer. “We are fully aware of the passionate D.C. United fans and we look forward to show casing our unique brand of Ajax football as we visit the States for the first time in many years.”

Ajax is, perhaps, best known for their development of world-class players from their youth ranks.  Best known from this group of legendary players is Johan Cruijff, the iconic forward plied his trade at RFK Stadium from 1980-1981 as a member of the NASL’s Washington Diplomats, but also Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp and Frank Rijkaard. Their current roster boasts the likes of Holland national team goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and defender Gregory van der Wiel, who both played in the last world cup final in South Africa. Alongside these two players the Ajax squad will feature Danish talent Christian Eriksen and Belgian national team players Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.

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D.C. United enfrentará al Ajax de Holanda

Partido amistoso internacional el 22 de mayo en el RFK

Washington, D.C. (14 de marzo de 2011) – D.C. United enfrentará al AFC Ajax de Holanda en un partido amistoso internacional el próximo 22 de mayo a las 5:00 p.m. (hora del Este) en el Estadio RFK.  Este será el primer encuentro entre ambos clubes, aunque Ajax previamente visitó el Estadio RFK cuando empató 1-1 con la Selección de Estados Unidos el 12 de mayo de 1990.

        “Estamos contentos de debutar nuestro calendario de partidos internacionales contra uno de los equipos más reconocidos en el fútbol europeo, el Ajax de Amsterdam”, manifesto el presidente del D.C. United Kevin Payne.  “Este será el primero de varios encuentros presentando clubes europeos de primer nivel y nos complace saber que nuestros aficionados que cuentan con planes de temporada tendrán la oportunidad de asistir cada uno de estos partidos como parte de su plan.”

        Los boletos para este partido están disponibles en los planes de temporada completa y en el plan A de media temporada.  Grupos de 15 o más pueden comprar a precio de descuento en las siguientes categorías: $25 en Spectator, $30 en Premium, $40 en VIP y $50 en Mezzanine.  Los boletos individuales saldrán a la venta el lunes, 21 de marzo con los siguientes precios: $30 en Spectator, $40 en Premium, $50 en VIP y $60 en Mezzanine.

        Fundado en 1900, Ajax es uno de los equipos más reconocidos a nivel mundial.  Ajax ha conquistado un sin número de trofeos europeos y 29 títulos domésticos de la Liga holandesa.  El club juega los partidos en el famoso escenario Amsterdam ArenA, que fue inaugurado en 1996.  Actualmente, Ajax se ubica en tercer lugar en la tabla de posiciones del campeonato del Eredivisie, tres puntos menos que el líder PSV Eindhoven. 

“Es un honor para nosotros viajar a los Estados Unidos y enfrentar el equipo más laureado en la historia de la MLS”, dijo el ex internacional holandés y actual manager del Aja, Frank de Boer.  “Estamos bien enterados de la apasionada afición del D.C. United y estamos ansiosos de demostrar el fútbol que identifica al Ajax y de visitar a los Estados Unidos por primera vez en muchos años”.

El equipo es mundialmente reconocido por desarrollar talentos jóvenes de re-nombre mundial como el legendario Johan Cruijff, que jugó en el césped del Estadio RFK con el equipo Washington Diplomats en la temporada 1980-1981.  Otras figuras salidas del Ajax incluyen Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp y Frank Rijkaard.  En la nómina actual se destacan el portero Maarten Stekelenburg y el defensa Gregory van der Wiel, ambos mundialistas en Sudafrica 2010 con Holanda.

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