Last season marked the first played in the DC United's new home stadium, Audi Field. In 2018, DC United finished with a record of 14-11-9 in route to an MLS playoff appearance. This season, the United look to return to the playoffs and advance past the knockout round. The team has high expectations coming off a spectacular end to last season. Returning core players this season are Wayne Rooney, Bill Hamid, Russell Canouse and Luciano Acosta. Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta were both voted to the 2018 MLS Best XI list. Rooney was added as a midseason transfer and he provided the spark that DC United needed - following Rooney's transfer, the team won its final 10 home regular season games. Luciano Acosta was a breakout star and his chemistry with Wayne Rooney has United fans eager to see what they can do in 2019.