Soccer

United Announces Ticket Increases, Looks at Forward

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

D.C. United raised ticket prices yesterday for the first time in two years, with 2007 single-game admissions at RFK Stadium going up in all categories.

The least expensive seats will cost $18, a $2 hike and the first increase in that group since 2002. The cost of premium seats also was raised by $2, to $26, while VIP and mezzanine tickets were increased by $5 -- to $35 and $45, respectively. United had not raised prices since 2005, when it increased the amount for the top three categories.

Although season ticket prices will go up, club officials said they would allow current plan holders until Oct. 20 to purchase seats at 2006 prices.

"Though we continue to try to hold the line on ticket prices, this modest hike is the club's first in several years," United President Kevin Payne said in a written statement. "In addition to extending 2006 prices to our current plan holders as a sign of gratitude, we still feel like we provide great value to our consumers and look forward to another increase in attendance next season."

Meantime, United technical director Dave Kasper said Ugandan forward Robert Ssejjemba is among four players being considered for a late-season roster spot.

Ssejjemba, 26, scored 17 goals in 19 games to help the minor league Richmond Kickers win the United Soccer Leagues' second division title this season. On Sunday, as a guest player for United's reserve squad, he had three goals during a 4-1 victory over Real Salt Lake. Ssejjemba played at Virginia Intermont, an NAIA program in Bristol, and has represented Uganda's national team.

The roster deadline is Friday and although Kasper said the club plans to acquire one player, salary cap considerations could prevent any moves. He declined to name other candidates.

United -- which will play at New England tomorrow night -- has roster space following the trade of forward Santino Quaranta to Los Angeles last month and season-ending injuries to reserves Domenic Mediate and John Wilson .

-- Steven Goff


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