Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
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
Incumbent supporter of D.C. stadium loses mayoral primary
by Paul Kennedy, April 2nd, 2014 4:53PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  d.c. united, mls, soccer business

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Washington D.C. mayor Vincent Gray, who has championed D.C. United's proposed soccer stadium project on Buzzard Point, was defeated in Tuesday's Democratic primary by city council member Muriel Bowser, who publicly questioned some of the terms of the complicated deal. But the stunning defeat for Gray doesn't change much about the dynamics of the stadium process.

Gray still is mayor for nine more months -- a long lame-duck session -- and any proposal for the stadium, which includes a land swap involving the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, will need Bowser's support as she currently chairs the council’s economic development committee through which any legislation must go.

United has said it will pay for the stadium but needs for the city to acquire the land on which it will build the stadium. According to the proposed deal, the city will swap the Reeves Center for the land currently owned by a local development firm.

In February, Bowser expressed opposition to some of the terms of the deal, saying the city needs to get fair value for the Reeves Center and her priority would be funding middle school education.

On Wednesday, Bowser said in a press event at the National Press Club that as chair of the economic development committee she would not hold up Gray projects.

"It’s not my position in government to hold anything up,” Bowser said.

Bowser is expected to defeat Councilman David Catania, an independent, in the general election for mayor.


1 comment
  1. Miguel Dedo
    commented on: April 3, 2014 at 1:10 p.m.
    Other than Mayor Gray saying he "supports" a new stadium, is anything going on? There was a press release about a "plan" last fall as season tickets went on sale, no news of any action at all since. Some good investigative journalism is needed, the Washington Post sports department does nothing. Steven Goff, the Post's "soccer writer" seems to have been chosen because he will sit meekly aside, not challenge the Post's established writers who have interest only in traditional US sports, mention soccer only in a negative aside.


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
D.C. and Orlando City played to a 1-1 draw in preseason action on Friday. Two matches ...
49ers and NBA Kings ante up on Sac MLS bid    
Sacramento Republic FC ownership continues to grow with the announcement that San Francisco 49ers owner and ...
U.S. women head to Europe without three stars    
Four months ahead of the 2015 Women's World Cup, the USA heads to Europe for friendlies ...
MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick will return    
Out-of-market packages MLS Live, MLS's subscription streaming service, and MLS Direct Kick, MLS's cable and satellite ...
What They're Saying: Paul Rogers    
"Did I want to pull out [of the U.S. team] this close to a World Cup? ...
MLS Trade Central: Agudelo returns to Revs    
The New England Revolution got a boost for its MLS title hopes when 22-year-old Juan Agudelo ...
Chelsea vs. Man City: Showdown At Stamford Bridge     
On Saturday, two of the most expensive teams money can buy will square off in a ...
What They're Saying: Bob Gansler    
"I'm doing fine. I recovered quite quickly, to their surprise. I was able to leave (the ...
Video Pick: Back-heel volley golazo from Chelsea youngster     
Kasey Palmer, an 18-year-old midfielder, scored this beautiful goal in U-21 action against West Ham.
Obituary: Milton Aimi    
Milton Aimi played a variety of roles in spurring the growth of soccer in Texas and ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives