Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Bye, bye, D.C. United?
by Paul Kennedy, April 10th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] D.C. United's future in Washington does not look bright. Following another setback in its effort get a stadium project off the ground, MLS Commissioner Don Garber told the Washington Post's Soccer Insider that the team will be moved if it can't get a deal done soon.

Garber's comments followed the Prince George's County Council's opposition to legislation authorizing Maryland to study plans for a 24,000-seat soccer stadium.

The vote left Garber flabbergasted, considering the interest the Maryland suburb had shown after D.C. United's efforts in the District of Columbia stalled.

"I certainly hope other businesses that are interested in bringing jobs and economic development to that county have a better experience with them than we did," Garber told the Insider. "It's not something I have ever experienced in any other city I have worked in in this country, and for the last 10 years, I have been personally involved with 10 stadium projects and this region of the country has been the single most-difficult area to try to get something finalized. It has me very concerned."

D.C. United has played at RFK Stadium since its launch in 1996. It's the farthest behind of any original member of MLS actively seeking a new stadium.

MLS has only moved one team in its history. San Jose moved to Houston in late 2005. Real Salt Lake threatened to move before its stadium issues were resolved.

What makes the situation at D.C. United so discouraging is that it is MLS's most successful team, having won four MLS titles, the most of any team playing in one city.

Managing Partners Will Chang and Victor MacFarlane led a group that paid an MLS record $33 million to buy D.C. United from AEG in 2007.

Their initial plan was to build a stadium on the south bank of the Anacostia River, across from the site of the new Washington Nationals ballpark.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Klopas is first MLS coach to be fired this season    
Hours after Saturday's 2-1 loss to Toronto FC -- its third straight defeat -- the Montreal ...
Herzog names U.S. U-23 squad for England game     
U.S. U-23 national team coach Andi Herzog has named a 24-player squad for a Aug. 30-Sept. ...
No Giovani dos Santos in Mexico squad    
Just weeks after joining the LA Galaxy, Giovani dos Santos is out of the team under ...
USA and Mexico will split Rose Bowl tickets    
When the USA played Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup final at the Rose Bowl, the ...
What They're Saying: FIFA statement    
"The growth of football and the increased participation levels in the U.S. have been tremendous and ...
RSL promotes Waibel, moves Zarkos into soccer operations    
With the exit of general manager Garth Lagerwey to Seattle at the end of the 2014 ...
Chicago Fire completes Maloney transfer    
Scottish midfielder Shaun Maloney is headed back to England, ending one of the shorter Designated Player ...
Canada calls up nine MLS players to face Belize     
Forward Cyle Larin heads a list of nine MLS players chosen by Canada head coach Benito ...
NASL Roundup: Rowdies hand the reins to Stuart Campbell    
After serving one game as Tampa Bay Rowdies interim coach in the wake of the firing ...
Spirit and FCKC headed to NWSL playoffs after 0-0 tie    
With two weekends left in the NWSL's third season, the suspense is over. Seattle Reign FC ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives