Loudoun County this week did formally land a franchise for the North American Soccer League, as The Post’s Steve Goff has been reporting since last summer. The NASL, once the storied home of Pele and the Washington Diplomats, is now the second division of U.S. pro soccer, just beneath Major League Soccer.
The team is hoping to begin play in 2014, as is the planned Loudoun Hounds minor league baseball club. Both are owned by Bob Farren’s VIP Sports & Entertainment, and both have decided they are taking their talents to One Loudoun, a new mixed-use development at the intersection of Route 7 and the Loudoun County Parkway in Ashburn, and away from Kincora Village Center, another new mixed-use development at the intersection of Routes 7 and 28 in Ashburn. Both teams originally planned to locate in Kincora.
The plan now is to build a 5,500-seat stadium at One Loudoun that both the soccer team and the Hounds would play in. The soccer team is holding a naming contest, which you can enter here. The team already has a director of soccer operations who tells Goff that he is looking to snag younger players from the MLS on loan, as well as local players and college and international athletes.
As we did in August, you should feel free to enter your own suggestion for the team name in the comment section. I would rate Sterling Silverbacks (for the Silver Line), Chivas Loudoun (mine) and Sporting DelGaudio as the best so far.
Goff’s full story is here.