Historic RFK A Part of US History
One of the most legendary soccer venues in the country takes its place at the top of stadiums visited by the U.S. Men’s National Team.
June 1, 2013
RFK Stadium is set to achieve a significant milestone this weekend when the U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Germany.
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Sunday’s match will be the 22nd MNT game hosted in the historic stadium, the most of any venue in the world. Rounding out the top five are the LA Coliseum (21), Orange Bowl (16), Rose Bowl (16) and Gillette Stadium (13).
Of the 21 games played at RFK, the U.S. has a 13-3-5 record. Nine games have been part of an international tournament: seven World Cup qualifiers and a pair of Gold Cup matches.
Five players on the U.S. roster have scored at RFK Stadium: Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, and Eddie Johnson. Johnson made history with his goals, becoming the first U.S. player to score a hat trick as a substitute when he put in three in the final 25 minutes of the USA’s 6-0 win against Panama on Oct. 13, 2004.
Johnson, DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones and Earnie Stewart lead the U.S. with three goals each at RFK Stadium.
Seven players have scored for the U.S. at RFK Stadium and also played with D.C. United, the MLS tenant of the park, during their careers: John Harkes, Roy Lassiter, Ben Olsen, Santino Quaranta, Tony Sanneh, Earnie Stewart and Roy Wegerle.
Jermaine Jones scored his first goal for the MNT at RFK with a game-winner against Jamaica on June 19, 2011, in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 2-0 victory against the Reggae Boyz was the last time the MNT took the field at RFK.