Twelve months after county supervisors announced a deal that would bring a second major league sports team to Loudoun, along with the county’s first professional sports stadium, Loudoun United FC is slated to take to its home pitch for the first time on Friday night.
Last weekend, county and team leaders gathered at Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park south of Leesburg to celebrate the completion of the 5,000-seat stadium, the first element of a $15 million complex that also will include the headquarters and training center for Major League Soccer franchise D.C. United, just miles from the home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins.
It’s a project predicted by supporters to have a transformative impact, making Loudoun a national soccer destination.
While the focus over the past several months has been on the construction of the modular stadium and a new road link that will improve access to the site, the attention will now be squarely on the young Loudoun United FC team that is battling for a playoff berth in its inaugural season.
Just past the halfway mark in a season that continues into October, Loudoun has a 5-9-4 record and ranks 14th in the USL Championship’s Eastern Division. It’s on its second head coach and continues to churn the roster, which features talent from local and international ranks.
This morning, the team acquired defenders Shane Wiedt and Robby Dambrot, who played together at the University of Akron and the University of Pittsburgh.
“These are two more exciting signings for us ahead of moving to Segra Field for our stadium opener today,” Head Coach Ryan Martin stated in the announcement. “Both players played big matches in the acc for one of the top coaches in the country, Jay Vidovich, so I know the habits and quality we are getting from his players and because of this we will provide great defensive cover as we hit an important stretch in the season. We need to pick up points in our new home and we’re looking forward to adding the pair to our roster.”
Twelve of the team’s final 16 games this season will be played on the new home turf. To date, the team has played five “home” games at D.C. United’s new Audi Field in Washington, DC, racking up a 2-2-1 record there.
In its first home match at Segra Field tonight, Loudoun will face Charlotte Independence, a team they beat during their first meeting in May.
The game begins at 7:30 p.m. As of 3:30 p.m., there were only 72 seats left, with tickets priced from $19 to $100. They can be purchased from Ticketmaster through the team’s website loudoununitedfc.com.