So here it is.
After years of hoping that D.C. United would have a stadium befitting the best team in American soccer, not only does it seem likely to happen – but to happen in our state.
With an opportunity like this, we couldn’t sit idly by, watching from the sidelines. So we thought we’d try to rally the 12th man – MLS’s best fans, and everyone who loves the beautiful game or cares about Prince George’s County – to support United’s efforts to build a stadium in Maryland.
That’s why we’re launching GOAL! Maryland.
A new United stadium is:
• Critical for the team’s continued success;
• A great economic boost in tough times for Prince George’s County and Maryland;
• And affordable – since the team and county officials pledge that private investment, and new revenue produced by the stadium, will enable the stadium to pay for itself.
We will be working to connect with other likeminded people through this blog, our Facebook page and, together, support United’s stadium effort in any way we can.
As you can see from our bios on this page, Jim was involved in the organizing effort getting ready for the 1994 World Cup matches in D.C. And Ben has been active in Prince George’s County, with a special interest in recreation and parks.
When we heard about the stadium, we thought: Someone should do something to help make this happen. Then we thought: Why not us? And why not you?
We hope you join us to help United get the job done. We’ll update our blog with news as things develop – and also make calls to action. And we hope you’ll post any ideas you have about how to help.
Let’s get to work to finally welcome United home. It’s time.
Ben and Jim