RCN Gets Kick Out of D.C. United


RCN will be a 2007 official sponsor and corporate partner of Major League Soccer’s D.C. United.

"We're pleased to see RCN's return after several years’ absence as an official sponsor and corporate partner," D.C. United executive vice president Stephen Zack said in a prepared statement. “RCN, then known as Starpower, was a valuable partner in the past, and we look forward to working with them again this season."

As an official sponsor and corporate partner, RCN will have the right to incorporate the D.C. United team name and logo into all advertising, promotions, broadcast and print materials. In addition, the Aug. 22 game with the New York Red Bulls will feature RCN Night.

RCN will also be a presenting sponsor of the team's Community Soccer Series, which consists of five youth soccer clinics led by D.C. United players in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Each clinic is open to the public free-of-charge and can accommodate up to 200 participants.

And the operator will be a sponsor of D.C. United's Premier Youth Soccer Tournament Series, which features the Al Dougherty Memorial Tournament, hosted by the Braddock Road Youth Club, in June; the Independence Cup, hosted by the VISTA Soccer Club, in July; and the Dulles National Soccer Tournament, hosted by Herndon Youth Soccer, in August.

"We are also very pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor two of D.C. United's prestigious D.C. local Hispanic men's soccer tournaments," RCN strategic and external affairs senior VP Richard Ramlall said in a prepared statement. "The Hispanic community is very important to RCN. We were the first company to offer a Hispanic-themed a la carte tier for cable-TV programming, called MiVisión. We also recently introduced MiTeléfono, a telecom rate plan for discounted calls to Latin America."

The first tournament is Copa DC, which is D.C. United's annual six-versus-six indoor-soccer competition for adult Hispanic men. This two-day event is played at the Rockville Sportsplex in Rockville, Md., during late October and early November.

The other tournament is Super Copa De D.C. United, an 11-versus-11, single-elimination outdoor-soccer tournament comprised of 16 elite D.C.-area Hispanic men's soccer teams.