As new soccer stadiums have sprung up around the nation in markets like Kansas City, one of the most storied MLS franchises, D.C. United, has been left behind, playing in 50-year-old RFK Stadium.
The club, winner of four MLS Cups — the last coming in 2004 — has enjoyed its share of failed stadium projects in the past.
As a result, officials have been quiet about any possibilities, leaving the door open to a possible move to Baltimore.
However, news over the weekend from the nation’s capital is certain to lift the D.C. faithful, as the club nears a two-year lease at RFK.
But it’s more than just the detail of remaining at RFK to lift the spirits, as the new lease agreement reportedly includes incentives to stay in D.C., and renew discussions between the club and city.
This is great news for fans of the team, and for the league as well, particularly as D.C. officials appear more interested in trying to bring back the Redskins.
It would be a sad day to see one of the league originals to have to get up and move, even just up the I-95 corridor to Baltimore. There’s still a long way to go, but for now it’s time for some tempered enthusiasm as things creep forward for D.C. United.