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D.C. United announces new USL affiliate Loudoun United FC

Jul 14, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney (9) celebrates with midfielder Luciano Acosta (10) after a goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Audi Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

D.C. United continue to usher in a new era Wednesday with the announcement of its new USL affiliate Loudoun United FC.

D.C. United will host a press conference at Vanish Farmwoods Brewery in Leesburg, Va., at 7 p.m. to officially announce its affiliation with Loudon United FC and share the 2019 logo for the new USL club. 

Loudoun United FC’s new home will be constructed at the west side of Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park in the Washington, D.C. suburb. United worked with Loudoun County officials to negotiate a Memorandum of Agreement, which provided county land to build facilities and about $15 million in financing for fields and a 5,000-seat stadium.

“We are thrilled to be launching a professional soccer team in Loudoun County, Virginia, that will debut in the United Soccer League in 2019,” D.C. United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations Dave Kasper said. “This is another important step for soccer in the DMV as we now have a complete pathway in player development for area youth soccer players directly to the professional levels. We will provide a fun and exciting fan experience in a beautiful setting in Loudoun County as we entertain our fans with talented rising stars in the game.”

Loudoun United FC will play at the new Northern Virginia facility, which will eventually also house D.C. United’s training facility, team offices and youth development program.

Wednesday’s conference includes several county officials and D.C. United’s managing general partner Jason Levien. 

United currently has a partnership with USL side Richmond Kickers through the end of the 2018 MLS season. The Kickers’ stadium is 109 miles from Audi Field and the new Loudoun County FC stadium will be less than half the distance located about 42 miles from Audi Field. 

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