June 15, 2024

 

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 02: A close-up of the DC United emblem on a corner flag during the Major League Soccer (MLS) match between Atlanta United and D.C. United at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. on April 2, 2022. (Image sourced from Getty Images by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire))

In an effort to protest the Major League Soccer team’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, five D.C. United fan organizations announced on Monday that they would not speak during the team’s first four home games this season.

From January 30 to February 9, D.C. United played four exhibition games in the Middle Eastern nation as part of their preseason tour.

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The groups issued a statement together stating that they would not be participating in protests by beating drums or carrying flags and banners.

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The Screaming Eagles, the largest fan base of D.C. United, were not among those who signed the declaration. According to The Washington Post, the group was still deciding on its strategies since it didn’t want to penalize coaches and players for making ownership decisions.

The team hosts the New England Revolution on Saturday to kick off the 2024 Major League Soccer season. One of D.C. United’s first four games is on March 16 when Lionel Messi and Inter Miami FC come to Audi Field.

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