The eyes in the sky for D.C. United

D.C. United
The eyes in the sky for D.C. United
The eyes in the sky for D.C. United

The winding trek from the home locker room to the crow's nest at Audi Field begins at 7:04 p.m., roughly an hour before D.C. United kicks off against Club Puebla on Sept. 4 in its final friendly match of the season. With a coffee in one hand and a protein bar clenched between his teeth, data analyst intern Sam Goldberg hauls a black and red roller bag up two flights of stairs, around the southeast corner of the field, through the team bench area, beyond a set of glass doors and into an elevator for a ride to the top of the stadium, toward the nexus of sections 106 and 107, where a pair of folding tables and red chairs offer a workspace with a sprawling, centralized view of the pitch. “It's not even that bad,” Goldberg says with a smile, the memories of even hotter nights still fresh in his mind.

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