La Barra Brava
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Since then, the group has expanded and all have been welcomed, while the group has remained closely identified with its South American roots. Members currently stand and sing in RFK Stadium's sections 135, 136, 137, 138, 233, 234 and 235 and tailgates are held in Lot 8. La Barra was founded by Oscar Zambrana and is led by Oscar and a group of "Elders".
La Barra Brava runs several events and programs for members and all United fans throughout the year. They sponsor away-game viewing parties, road trips to away matches and popular charity raffles that have raised thousands of dollars. They also maintain relationships with fan organizations world-wide, particularly with the Nottingham Forest Supporters Southwest/M5 Branch. La Barra Brava publishes at least 3 articles on United and soccer per week on their website. The organization also oversees Barra Brava FC, which fields several teams in the competitive Washington International Soccer League.
Within MLS, the Barra is known for its drumming, including the famous "Drum Circles" at halftime and after home matches. In 2005, La Barra Brava received extensive media coverage when suspended United playmaker Christian Gomez joined the Barra at road game in NJ and played a bass drum during the second half to support his teammates.
In 2006 the Barras expanded their events beyond the MLS season attending several of the NHL's Washington Capitals home games at the Verizon Center. However, their presence at the arena was met with mixed reviews from ice hockey fans.
Numerous references have been made by the media regarding La Barra Brava. On several occasions, when games at RFK are shown on national television via ESPN or ABC, announcers will mention how La Barra Brava contribute to United's impressive home record. Tony Kornheiser has also used La Barra Brava as his stereotypical example of what he thinks typical DC United fans are like.