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New soccer stadium for D.C.! (But not the one everyone has been waiting for)


While news of a new baseball / soccer facility in suburban D.C. is exciting news generally for our game, and while it’s intriguing in the North American Soccer League’s growth dynamic, it really is no factor in the capital city’s long-running, long-frustrating reach for an MLS facility.

Well, except for this:

It will pour more pressure on the situation, and heap additional misery on fans of the Black and Red, who are showing their frustration with the organization by staying away in increasing numbers.

(MORE: Dwindling attendance in once-flourishing MLS markets)

Still, good for the soccer supporters in northern Virginia, who will apparently have a snazzy little ground to watch second-tier professional soccer by 2014.

The small ground (somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 in capacity, I can’t quite be sure) will sit about 30 miles West of D.C.

The NASL’s board of governors still must approve a franchise (likely), which could happen by the end of the month.