Loudoun United FC held a press conference this afternoon to formally introduce its newly named head coach Richie Williams and give an update on the construction of the team’s new headquarters and stadium.
After accepting the job last week, Williams said he’s gotten to work right away. He and other team leaders are building the roster of players ahead of the team’s first game March 9.
Jason Levien, D.C. United CEO and managing general owner, told those at the press conference, “To get someone with his pedigree and his experience—as a player, as a coach, as a Virginia grad—is incredible.”
Loudoun United’s first home game is scheduled to be played May 3, but the team will likely play its “home away from home” games, as one of the team’s executives put it, at D.C. United’s Audi Field in Washington, DC, until the team’s headquarters and stadium at Bolen Park near Leesburg is done. Work on the complex is underway—the county has cleared the site and will hand it over to D.C. United to begin construction next month.
Loudoun United Chief Operating Officer Adam Behnke said the work is on schedule to be ready to host a home game Aug. 9 against the Charlotte Independents. The team will play 11 home games at the new stadium this year, with the last of the season Oct. 19 against the New York Red Bulls.
Levien said Loudoun United’s arrival is timely. “In the 20th century, Loudoun County was known as horse country. In early in the 21st century, it was talked about as wine country. And now, Loudoun County is going to be known as soccer country.”
As the team’s season begins, Loudouners will have plenty of opportunity to meet the players, Williams, and other team leaders. The team is organizing reading programs in which players will regularly visit Loudoun schools and read to students. The team is also partnering with Loudoun Soccer, FC Barcelona, Leesburg Football Club and other youth soccer organizations to build up the next generation of players through clinics, workshops and camps.
“That’s one of my favorite parts—the work we’ll be doing in the community,” Behnke said. “Without the community support, I don’t see us being successful.”
Season tickets for the 11 games scheduled in the new stadium are on sale now. Cost starts at $132 for seats in the supporters section and $165-$495 for sideline seats. Premium seats are also available starting at $935, and include padded seats in the first three rows of center midfield, plus all-inclusive food and beverage. Learn more at loudoununitedfc.com.