The Virginia Cavalry, a North American Soccer League expansion team slated to begin play next spring, is seeking a temporary home venue because of stadium project delays in Loudoun County.
Among the possible options: George Mason University and two facilities in Loudoun. Club officials have not ruled out exploring distant locations, such as Maryland SoccerPlex, the University of Maryland and RFK Stadium.
The completion date of Edelman Financial Field, at the One Loudoun development north of Washington Dulles Airport, has been pushed back from spring to July, at the earliest. The Cavalry will ultimately share the facility with the Loudoun Hounds, a minor league baseball team.
Cavalry and NASL officials told the Insider the stadium delay will not hinder entry into the league, which sits one tier below MLS in the pro hierarchy.
“We are still on track,” said Mark Simpson, the Cavalry’s director of soccer operations. “We are discussing temporary solutions.”
The NASL is fielding eight clubs this year and will add Virginia, Indianapolis and Ottawa in 2014.
Like this year, the league will play a split schedule next season but with an uneven number of matches: 10 between April and June and 20 from July through November, with a six-week break in between while the World Cup unfolds in Brazil. (The first-place finisher in the spring season will host Soccer Bowl at the end of the year.)
The Cavalry will need to find a venue for the five home matches in the spring, then hope to move into the new stadium when the fall season begins around July 20.
Meantime, the club has narrowed the candidates for the head coaching job to “two or three,” Simpson said. He declined to identify the finalists but said each is American. Simpson said he would like to name the coach by Thanksgiving.