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An open letter from D.C. United partners

"We would like to thank the fans of D.C. United for their continued commitment to the club."

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Tony Quinn

When we first introduced ourselves as investors in D.C. United last summer, we said we believed there was a pathway to a permanent home for Major League Soccer’s most storied club. We promised that along with the District of Columbia, we would use machetes to achieve our goal.

One year later, we are excited and proud to say that D.C. United has accomplished a significant milestone towards having a venue of its own.

The agreement reached between District Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. United is the critical step toward a soccer stadium for the District of Columbia located at Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington. It will generate jobs for District residents, and it will bring life to a growing part of the city. It will be financed privately, built without new taxes or additional burdens on the residents of the District. Matching and exceeding the best attributes of venues that have come before it, the stadium will be a world-class facility that will match the distinction of the city it will call home.

It will also strengthen the bonds between D.C. United and a city to which it has always been steadfastly committed. Programs provided by D.C. United and United for DC, the charitable arm of D.C. United - such as United Builds, United Drives, United Reads, and United Soccer Club - remain at the heart of D.C. United’s mission to win championships and serve the community. They will be strengthened by the security of the team’s future.

The realization of a soccer stadium in the District is a reflection of D.C. United’s role within the fabric of the city and the sport. Our club and our fans forged traditions to anchor Major League Soccer in its infancy. This accomplishment will add to our rich history, leading to a venue in our nation's capital unlike any other in our league.

There is plenty of work ahead, but we are determined to collaborate with the District of Columbia government until this comes to fruition.

Thank you to Mayor Gray, City Administrator Allen Lew, the D.C. Council and all of those who have helped turn D.C. United’s longstanding dream into a reality. Most importantly, we would like to thank the fans of D.C. United for their continued commitment to the club and for their determination in making its supporters the best in North America.

Sincerely,
Erick Thohir
Jason Levien
Will Chang

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