D.C. United today proudly announced that Leidos [NYSE: LDOS], a national security, health and engineering solutions company, is an official sponsor of the Black-and-Red. Leidos, evolved from SAIC, has a 45-year history and is a top employer in the area with more than 6,000 employees in the national capital region.
As Presenting Partner under the multi-year agreement, Leidos is the exclusive Jersey sponsor for D.C. United. The company’s logo will be prominently featured on the front of the team’s Jersey, displayed throughout the stadium and all of the team’s marketing and media properties. The sponsorship will also enable both Leidos and D.C. United to engage the community and charitable partners through events, including Armed Forces Week activities and other custom programs that will be developed throughout the partnership.
According to Forbes, MLS’ fan base is the fastest growing of any sport, outpacing all others in the ten-year periods from 2001 to 2011 as well as 2002 to 2012. The surge in the sport’s popularity offers a unique opportunity for Leidos to reach a diverse and growing fan base to build brand recognition.
“Soccer is a growing, global sport and we are a growing company with our eyes on the future,” said John Jumper, Leidos Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. “This sponsorship will help enable us to get exposure not only locally, but throughout the country and internationally.”
“We are extremely excited for the opportunity to partner with such an innovative company that recognizes the value of our sport and our brand, both here and around the world,” said Jason Levien, Managing Partner, D.C. United. “We look forward to many successful years working together to help accomplish each other’s goals. We thank Leidos and their 23,000 global employees for their support and friendship.”
Jerseys with the new Leidos logo will be available for purchase at the team store at RFK Stadium and online on March 8, the day of the regular season Home Opener against the Columbus Crew. Fans that previously purchased a jersey and would like to have the Leidos logo added can bring their jersey to the D.C. United Team Store for the logo addition free of charge. The team will debut its new jersey with the Leidos logo for the first time on March 8, and tickets for the regular season home opener can be purchased here.
Leidos is a science and technology solutions leader working to address some of the world’s toughest challenges in national security, health, and engineering. The Company’s 23,000 employees support vital missions for our government and the commercial sector, develop innovative solutions to drive better outcomes, and defend our Nation’s digital and physical infrastructure from ‘new world’ threats. Leidos is headquartered in Reston, Va. and had approximately $6 billion in revenues for fiscal year 2013, on a pro forma basis, following the spin-off of the company’s technical, engineering and enterprise IT business on Sept. 27, 2013. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
About D.C. United
Headquartered in Washington, D.C. and playing home matches at RFK Stadium, D.C. United is the most successful professional soccer organization in the history of the United States. United is a four-time MLS Cup Champions (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004) and winners of the 1996, 2008 and 2013 U.S. Open Cup, the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the 1998 InterAmerican Cup and the 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007 MLS Supporters’ Shield. United is one of 19 teams comprising Major League Soccer, joining CD Chivas USA, the Chicago Fire, the Colorado Rapids, the Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Montreal Impact, the New England Revolution, the Philadelphia Union, the Portland Timbers, Red Bull New York, Real Salt Lake, the San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. For the latest headlines and official information on the Black-and-Red, log on to www.dcunited.com.