Category: La Barra Brava
Published on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 18:23
Written by Super User
D.C. United's Legendary "12th Man"
La Barra Brava Known for 90 minutes of non-stop jumping, singing, chanting and flag waving the members of La Barra Brava have created a unique fusion of the style of South American supporters groups combined with the global influences of the 20+ nationalities proudly represented in the 1800 person membership. The Barra Brava not only pioneered the use of TIFO (choreographed in stadium displays) in America, but continues to lead the way.
Members receive numerous benefits including discounted tickets, FREE food and libations for themselves and guests at the infamous Barra Brava tailgate, a custom made jersey and most importantly the ability to participate in unparalleled passion filled atmosphere that is the Barra Brava sections at RFK.
Members can also take advantage of the road (or plane) trips organized by the Barra Brava to watch D.C. United play throughout North America.
Outside of the confines of RFK the Barra Brava hosts numerous functions including away match viewing parties, fund raisers for various charitable organizations, and other social events for its members.
Where can you find Barra Brava members in Robert F. Kennedy
La Barra Brava was born in section 135 and has now expanded to sections 136, 137, 138, 233, 234 and 235. You can also find members of La Barra Brava in nearly every corner of the stadium.
So what's in the name?
The name Barra Brava means "Brave Fans" and is derived from the top Barras of South America soccer stadiums that show their undying love and passion for their teams. Molded in the tradition of the Barras of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and other South American nations the D.C. Barra incorporates chants, songs, drums, banners, streamers, jumping and plenty of cerveza. In South America and in D.C. the members of Barra Brava are considered the "12th man." Since the beginning of MLS in 1996 the actions of Barras are equal parts notorious and glorious.
So what are the goals of Barra Brava?
The primary mission of the Barra Brava is to be present at every game cheering and supporting D.C. United. The proud members of Barra Brava are the soundtrack that urges United to victory. Our goal is very simple; "We want more goals for United and a fifth MLS Cup."
Is La Barra Brava just for Latinos?
Though Barra Brava's style is undeniably South American, the club is also a melting pot of soccer culture from around the globe. Among our numbers are passionate fans from South America, Central America, Europe, North America, Africa, and even a few loco characters from Baltimore. Each season the aforementioned groups bring their own soccer traditions to RFK's bouncing stands. Though there are differences in languages Barra Brava members communicate through the language and culture of football.
Do Barra Brava members have to stand the entire game?
At games the largest number of Barra Brava stand and support United in sections 135 thru 138. Prospective members should also know that it is not mandatory for all Barra Brava members to stand in sections 135-138, but that's certainly where the fun resides. Like D.C.'s other great supporters clubs, Barra Brava members sit or stand in nearly every corner of the stadium.
A Barra Brava member is not only a rampant fan; he or she is part of the family that is D.C. United.
Come be a part of Barra Brava FAMILY.