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 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!