Yesterday was a monumental day in D.C. United's long quest for a soccer-specific stadium in the District. Fans, staff, players and soccer supporters from around MLS took to Twitter to send along their congratulations, share their emotions and show their Black-and-Red pride.
This is how it started.
D.C. United and the Near SE/SW Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC) have announced the completion of the Southwest Soccer Stadium Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), which will lay the foundation for a lasting relationship between the team and the residents of the community that will be the home of the team's new stadium.
We are thrilled that D.C. United’s future in our nation’s capital is secure. The most storied club in Major League Soccer will have a stadium of its own following final approval of the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Act of 2014 by the D.C. Council. It is a victory for the team and its fans, the city, the region and the sport of soccer in this country.
The D.C. Council has approved the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Act of 2014 in its second and final vote, approving the development of the new 20,000-25,000-seat stadium for D.C. United in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Southwest Washington. The legislation’s passage targets the opening of the stadium in 2017 and ensures that D.C. United will make the District of Columbia its home for generations to come.
The Expansion Draft for New York City FC and Orlando City SC is complete, so now it's time to shift our focus to the annual Re-Entry Draft. The first phase will take place tomorrow, December 12, followed by a second phase on Thursday, December 18. The Re-Entry Draft is a chance for veterans in this league, whose contracts weren't picked up at the end of the season or whose options were declined, to move within the League.
On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Lewis Neal was selected by Orlando City SC in the MLS Expansion Draft. As the announcement came out, an outpouring of Tweets thanking the midfielder were shared.
#DCU thanks Lewis Neal for all of his contributions to the team the past three seasons.
It was a busy week for all of Major League Soccer, and it's not over yet.
Ahead of today's Expansion Draft and Friday's Re-Entry Draft, D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper answered a few questions regarding United's strategy heading into this busy time of year.
Watch it live at 2:00 p.m. HERE