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D.C. United Announce Cherry Blossom Night on April 9

March 20, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - D.C. United News Release

D.C. United have announced that their MLS match against the Montreal Impact on Tuesday, April 9 has been designated as Cherry Blossom Night with D.C. United.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The Festival celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival now spans four weeks and welcomes more than 1.5 million people from all over the world to enjoy diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.

The commemorative D.C. United match on April 9 will mark the first time a professional sports game has been included as a part of the affiliated National Cherry Blossom Festival events. It will include unique Cherry Blossom themed engagement such as commemorative merchandise, special food and beverage, on-field entertainment and a unique single ticket offer including a collectable D.C. United and National Cherry Blossom Festival co-branded pin badge. Tickets for the inaugural Cherry Blossom Night with D.C. United match are available at

D.C. United's Head Coach Ben Olsen, who has attended multiple National Cherry Blossom Festivals in 21 years of living in the District as a player and coach, said: "We hope this partnership between the club and the Festival brings a new audience out to watch D.C. United. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is something that is distinctly DC and we're excited to partner with them for a themed night at Audi Field."

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship.

Learn more about their year-round programs, events and educational initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture and build community spirit.

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