Loudoun United FC celebrated another historic moment in the fledgling professional soccer franchise’s history Tuesday: the groundbreaking ceremony on its stadium at Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park.
“This is a community that deserves this more than ever, a stadium and a team to call their own,” said Loudoun United Chief Operations Officer Adam Behnke.
County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) gave Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles), who was unable to attend, credit for leading on making the deal, which had been in the works for years before being revealed to the public. She also said Loudoun’s already-strong soccer community will benefit from having a professional team.
“Our kids are going to have access to you all helping them learn soccer and know soccer, but also helping them to who they want to be as good young people, and the fact that you all are here and in our county and will be such good mentors and roles models to our young people is as important to me as any game we will ever win,” Randall said.
She also said the excitement around the team is “palpable.” “Everyone knows it, everyone feels it, everyone talks about it.”
Loudoun County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer said it was the realization of years of work, since 2015.
“Loudoun deserves something like this, Loudoun deserves to have this kind of opportunity to have its own team,” Rizer said.
“In just four and a half months we’ll be standing here again, and we will get to see our brand new home for Loudoun United FC,” Behnke said.
Loudoun United (0-1-1) will play the Tampa Bay Rowdies (2-1-0) Saturday in Florida. The match begins at 7:30 p.m.
The team is scheduled to play its first home game at Bolen Park August 9.