Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Incumbent supporter of D.C. stadium loses mayoral primary
by Paul Kennedy, April 2nd, 2014 4:53PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

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
What They're Saying: Roberto Assis    
"It is a very difficult time. Later on, if there is a contact, we can talk. ...
Women's College Cup: Upstarts battle former champs    
The Division I women's season is down to its final weekend. Georgetown and West Virginia are ...
MLS Cup Countdown: Stars escape major injuries    
Both MLS Cup finalists had key players limp off in the second legs of the conference ...
MLS Preseason: Tournaments set at three sites    
The 2016 MLS season doesn't wrap up for another week, but teams are already finalizing plans ...
What They're Saying: Gareth Southgate    
"The days are gone from when I was younger where we did have beers after a ...
MLS Moves: Minnesota signs first two players    
MLS expansion team Minnesota United signed a pair of defenders -- Justin Davis and Kevin Venegas ...
Video Pick: Walcott controls ball dropped from 111 feet    
Arsenal's Theo Walcott has entered the Guinness World Records by controlling a ball dropped from 111 ...
MLS Awards: Pareja nips Mastroeni for Coach of the Year    
Sometimes the third time really is the charm. In his third year at the helm of ...
TV Report: Canadian classic breaks MLS viewing record    
An average audience of 1.4 million Canadian viewers watched Toronto FC's 5-2 overtime victory over the ...
U.S. Abroad: Yarbrough's Leon falls at home to Tigres    
William Yarbrough, the lone keeper from the group called in for the USA's November qualifiers who ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives