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Is there (finally!) some movement in D.C. United’s stadium saga?

Mar 14, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

DC United

If we listed Major League Soccer’s most pressing priorities in the big picture, it wouldn’t take long to land on this one:

Fix the D.C. United stadium mess.

I’m just a little late on this, but don’t let my tardiness diminish the importance of such a potentially promising development.

The Washington Post recently obtained planning documents for the construction of a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington. And what a glorious stack of papers that could eventually be.

MLS commissioner Don Garber has repeatedly said that the club’s current situation, as a tenant in the fiscal sinkhole that is RFK Stadium, is unsustainable. Every year he seems to add a little more emphasis to the point. You don’t need a Google translator to know what that means: D.C. United finds a new place to play or, sooner or later, there is no D.C. United.

So the Post has just revealed details that may – MAY – indicate a beachhead finally being established in this long-running drama. United owner Will Chang talked to Post soccer ace Steven Goff last week, checking the boxes on “cautiously optimistic” about it all.

Then, on Sunday, the Post published the preliminary plans.

The club’s protracted, frustrating search for a new facility is a case study in notorious fits, stops and ill-fated starts. So, any optimism must always be rooted in that historical reality.

Here’s the defining piece, co-authored by Goff, on why all this is so important to an MLS club with such a rich legacy.

(UPDATE: Goff dropped more knowledge and insight this afternoon on his Soccer Insider blog.)

  1. footballer4ever - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Hooray for DCU! I hope it gets done! DCU fans deserve their own stadium as they have been loyal thru the teams fall from glorious day. It’d do any good to move one of the pillar MLS franchise this league has. A few teams that need to improve quick or be relocated ASAP is Columbus and Chivas USA.

  2. cwimmer77 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    It sounds great, but I will believe it when I see a groundbreaking cerimony with gold plated shovels and politicians on T.V.

    • Steve Davis - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      I know! I have said the exact same thing to people for … not even sure how many years now.

      • cwimmer77 - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        It just always seems to be a “sure thing” but it never materializes. It would seem to be a much better option to build a stadium in Northern VA instead of waiting for the District to figure it out.

  3. footballer4ever - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    True! Can’t celebrate until the all the paperwork is signed and the politicians with their shovel for the photo-op is on hand. In the end, they can keep the shovels as it might come handy to dig their own holes when the time is right . LoL

  4. Abram Chamberlain - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Your move New England Revolution, your move.

  5. cwimmer77 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Reblogged this on Chris Wimmer.

  6. kgg6 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Two types of people I learned not to trust in America: politicians and D.C. politicians. Both are crooks who can care less about people and what’s best for them.

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