The new name, but not the logo, of the new minor league soccer team in Ashburn, to begin play next year. Actual location of games is TBD. (Virginia Cavalry FC/VCFC)

The pro soccer team that is planning to begin play in Ashburn next year announced Wednesday that it would be called Virginia Cavalry FC. The decision came from Bob Farren’s VIP Sports and Entertainment, the same folks who hope to bring you the Loudoun Hounds baseball team and a new stadium for both teams to play in. Much more on that down the road.

The Cavalry name was selected after thousands of public submissions were narrowed to three: the Cavalry, the Stallions and the Dominion. The State of NoVa readership’s suggestions of the Mountain Lions, Chivas Loudoun and Sporting Delgaudio were rudely rejected.

The Cavalry were awarded a franchise to play in the North American Soccer League, heir to the once great NASL brand, but now a minor league, the division in American soccer below Major League Soccer. The question of whether or not VIP can get approval and get a 5,500-seat stadium built by next year at the corner of Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway is up for debate, but presumably the Cavalry could charge in temporary fields of honor until a permanent battleground is built. It’s the historic first spree of bad Cavalry puns, right there!