Fans at home games over the weekend for D.C. United and the English Premier League’s Sunderland can savor a bit of cross-pond tasting.
Centerplate, the concessionaire for the “sister clubs,” will do a transatlantic food swap, bringing regional dishes across the pond for fans of both teams.
RFK Stadium enjoyed the Steak & Ale Pie, a British staple full of 7 ounces of ground brisket seasoned with tomato paste, garlic, lightly browned onions, scallions, garnished with a few peas and accompanied by “chips” with beef gravy.
In Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, fans could opt for the Torn Beef Baguette topped with hot cheese, grilled peppers and onions with a side of D.C.-inspired Old Bay shoestring fries and a cheese dipping sauce.
For Saturday it was food first, no matter what side of the Atlantic you watch your soccer.
Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and gear for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.