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DCU, Sponsored By.....

I'm not sure, exactly. But I am hearing the club has made significant progress in reaching a deal for a long-anticipated jersey sponsor and that a foreign automobile maker is the leading candidate. DCU Prez Kevin Payne played down the possibility of an imminent agreement, saying the club has been in talks with a half-dozen companies.

Mercedes? Audi? Ferrari? Um, Hyundai?

By Steve Goff  |  March 25, 2008; 3:03 PM ET
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Tata Motors and the Air Car! LOL!

Posted by: Matte | March 25, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

My money's on Toyota.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 25, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

MAZDA? On the back of the kit they could put "ZOOM, ZOOM"!

Posted by: Garrett | March 25, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Any automakers in Brazil or Argentina?

Posted by: Sylvester | March 25, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE let it be BMW!!

Posted by: Chico | March 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Has to be Hyundai - they put sponsorship $ into whatever league that Fred plays - first Auusie A League, now DCU in MLS.

Posted by: Fred's Agent | March 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I have a bad feeling about this...
I had come to terms with Verizon. If it is Mercedes we should draw in a chain around our necks.

Posted by: jgildea | March 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Off the topic of who makes sense as a soccer sponsor, but more on the topic as "who makes sense as an American sponsor."

So you would have to figure it's a foreign automaker who in recent years have made strong efforts to become, "more American." Like a company that's built numerous plants in the US, heavy promotions, more jobs, etc. Sponsoring a non-American sport, but nonetheless, an American league.

My money is on Toyota. Honda and Hyundai are too busy in their homelands fighting off corruption charges while the Big T is sitting pretty. I highly doubt a luxury car would be a sponsor.

Posted by: James | March 25, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling its Volkswagen. Their new North American HQ is in Reston.

Posted by: The People's Car | March 25, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I would love to the beamer logo on the front - if it's something above a Hyundai, I'm liking it (take that Alexi "Koolaid" Lalas)

Posted by: BMW | March 25, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I would love to the beamer logo on the front - if it's something above a Hyundai, I'm liking it (take that Alexi "Koolaid" Lalas)

Posted by: BMW | March 25, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Chico, the ultimate futbol machine, no?

Posted by: Matte | March 25, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Sponsoring a soccer team seems a bit declasse for a luxury car maker. I figure it has to be a mid-range company like Toyota, Honda, VW, or one of the Koreans.

Posted by: Andrew | March 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Could be Yugo as part of a plan to smooth USA-Serbian relations.

Posted by: Preki | March 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

(you beat me to it The People's Car!)

I believe DCU used the same firm (The Staubach Company) that VW hired to assist in finding a new location for its North American headquarters. VW moved from Auburn Hills, Michigan to Herndon. DCU supposedly hired the same company to help in its pursuit of a location for a new stadium

Posted by: apqjr | March 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

BMW has done all the things you've listed above.

Posted by: Chico | March 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping DC's jerseys are the springboard for the relaunch of the Yugo!

Posted by: BShatner | March 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Any automakers in Brazil or Argentina?

Posted by: Sylvester | March 25, 2008 03:10 PM

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All the major car brands have factories here or in Brazil. And to that end, I propose:

Peugeot! Fiat!! Or Renault!!!

Posted by: Lost in BA | March 25, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

As long as they have a "free car for the first 10,000 fans appreciation night"...

Posted by: Tweaked | March 25, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

My vote is for Mazda. ZOOM ZOOM

Posted by: mb | March 25, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing it's VW.

asitis

Posted by: asitis | March 25, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

From an earlier thread...


where do people go when Goff doesnt post !!!

Posted by: 135 | March 25, 2008 02:38 PM
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Um, back to work?

Posted by: Jason | March 25, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

VW wouldn't be so bad. Honestly, as long as they put just a little bit of thought into placement and color it could be pretty cool. Much better than that Herbalife spot was on the LA kits last year.

Posted by: Matte | March 25, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

BMW has started to heavily promote themselves outside the norm. They're sponsoring golf and tennis tournaments and F1 racing. As a company they've never followed the trend but set it.

Posted by: Chico | March 25, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

(you beat me to it The People's Car!)

I believe DCU used the same firm (The Staubach Company) that VW hired to assist in finding a new location for its North American headquarters. VW moved from Auburn Hills, Michigan to Herndon. DCU supposedly hired the same company to help in its pursuit of a location for a new stadium

Posted by: apqjr | March 25, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Going to be Kia.

Posted by: MLS Fan | March 25, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

since toyota sponsors chicago's stadium, i can't imagine they would also sponsor our jerseys.

honda was the fire's jersey sponsor before toyota sponsored the stadium, so i could see them looking to get back into it.

Posted by: pat | March 25, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Tweaked, I'm down. They need to get you a job in the DC FO quick.

Posted by: Matte | March 25, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Scion? Kia? Or some random low-end car manufacturer from Asia that is trying to break into the US market and cannot afford NBA/NFL/MLB advert rates?

Posted by: DC Fan | March 25, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

That was weird...sorry for the double post....5 minutes later!

Posted by: apqjr | March 25, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Smart Car

Posted by: from BMW | March 25, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Hummer United

Posted by: Matte | March 25, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I think its VW, I think the VW logo would look ok on our jerseys.

Posted by: me | March 25, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Smart. The local Mercedes dealership now has a big Smart sign out front and thy're ready to promote the car in urban areas.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 25, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

It would never happen but how cool would it be to have the Ferrari stallion on our shirt?

Posted by: EYE-talian Stallion | March 25, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

How about your standard American company trying to market mini vans to the ubiquitous soccer mom? Chevy, Dodge, Ford ...

Posted by: Matte | March 25, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Eastern Motors.

Your car's your credit.

Posted by: Kyle | March 25, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Scion? Kia? Or some random low-end car manufacturer from Asia that is trying to break into the US market and cannot afford NBA/NFL/MLB advert rates?

Posted by: DC Fan | March 25, 2008 03:26 PM
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KIA is actually a major NBA sponsor.
http://www.sportbusiness.com/news/163235/kia-motors-signs-up-with-the-nba

Posted by: apqjr | March 25, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Is "Hotwheels" a foreign brand/company?

Posted by: Matt in SF | March 25, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

What, you mean it's not gonna be another vitamin company? :-)

Range Rover?

Posted by: Juan-John | March 25, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

My money is on Volkswagen. But it could be a US automaker trying to target the hispanic market.

Posted by: Curious | March 25, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

HONDA has been on the boards around the fields at games for various leagues, and they occasionally sponsor the "Honda Player of the " ...game, year, etc. So they obviously have a soccer sponsorship interest. Hmmmmm...

Posted by: UnitedFanInTX | March 25, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Embraer !

brazilian manufacturer of the regional jet !

Posted by: diego r. | March 25, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Franco Niell: "Built Ford Tough".

Posted by: Amanda | March 25, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Franco Niell drives a SMART car.

Posted by: Amanda | March 25, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Ferrari would be sweet as can be but will never happen. I would like Mazda but I'm thinking Hyundai, Kia or VW. Scion is Toyota so I would think that rules them out.

Posted by: voyager | March 25, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: wmsiii | March 25, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Kyle -- LOL!

I love those cheesy Eastern Motors commercials -- even have one on my iPod -- they should definately go national.

Posted by: Big Roy | March 25, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Mazda is no longer a foreign brand, same as jaguar. They were purchased by ford. Toyota would be cool in the same style as the Roma jersey, but they already have a stadium in chicago. Not to say they cannot advertise elsewhere, but it doesn't seem likely. My money is on subaru, honda or vw.

I dont think beamer, benz, ferrari, lambo or any other high end auto is going to be interested in a shirt sponsor. whats with all the secrecy?

Posted by: DudeAbides | March 25, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

That VW logo would not look good with United's black and white.

Eastern Motors - now that would be awesome. We could have Clinton Portis wearing a DCU jersey in a commercial.

Posted by: G-Dub | March 25, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Do they still make VW Bugs in Mexico? How 'bout a Herbie Goes Bananas logo on the United shirt?

OK, I'm not serious. Herbie would look much better on a Columbus Crew uniform.

Posted by: Ocho | March 25, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

On the contrary

Mazda is only an equity investment of Ford - they still have a heavy presence beyond the lower 48. And today Jaguar was sold by Ford, along with Jaguar to Tata Motors.

Toyota has to be ruled out b/c of the Best Buy Fire. It would be like having Emirates on the current Chelsea shirt while Arsenal played in their stadium.

Posted by: Foreign Brands | March 25, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Please please Please let it be Volkswagen, that would make me and my Fast very happy :)

Posted by: DCU&VW GTI | March 25, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

That's hilarious, Amanda!

I think it's Volkswagen. I can hear Barra Brava now:

Viva, viva Volkswagen!

Posted by: Joe Doc | March 25, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Vee Doub in the house.

Posted by: DJC | March 25, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

We should not be associated with any car made in Germany period. Do people forget that the Nazis instituted the creation of the Volkswagon. I always shake my head in disgust when I see Americans driving those cars. Lets hope for Toyota.

Posted by: DC United Fan | March 25, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

NOT first!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 25, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

It has to be a newcommer breaking into a smart cosmopolitan market... I'm adding my vote to Smart Car.

http://www.smartusa.com/

Posted by: ML | March 25, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

We should not be associated with any car made in Germany period. Do people forget that the Nazis instituted the creation of the Volkswagon. I always shake my head in disgust when I see Americans driving those cars. Lets hope for Toyota.

Posted by: DC United Fan | March 25, 2008 04:25 PM
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The Japanese weren't darlings in the 1940's either.

Posted by: Jason | March 25, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

HAHA i would laugh my ass off if hyundai ends up being the sponsor. i thought united were close to an agreement with verizon? maybe that's old news

Posted by: kevin | March 25, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Honda ended their MLS sponsorship deal, IIRC. I could see MINI or SMART adorning the DC jersey. Gallardo, I hope it's SMART.

Posted by: Jacknut | March 25, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Volkswagon FTW!

Posted by: Jason | March 25, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Honda's probably out guys, because they have their logo on the back of the Fire jerseys (although that will probably change with the new best buy sponsorship...)

Posted by: Brad | March 25, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Gotta be Toyota or VW - they have a lot of European sponsorships and they would make sense as an East Coast sponsor...

Posted by: Slims | March 25, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

...and Mitsubishi and many other Japanese companies used US POW's as slave labor during WWII.

You either live in the past or let it go.

asitis

Posted by: asitis | March 25, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

BMW!!! IM WITH CHICO ALL THE WAY

Posted by: 135 | March 25, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

it's spelled Volkswagen (with an 'E').
and Toyota sponsoring Chicago's stadium would have absolutely no bearing on whether they become DCU's jersey sponsor.
Companies have been known to sponsor more than one team in a league (yes, even in MLS).

Posted by: fig | March 25, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

...and Mitsubishi and many other Japanese companies used US POW's as slave labor during WWII.

You either live in the past or let it go.

asitis

Posted by: asitis | March 25, 2008 04:53 PM
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Amen to that.

Posted by: Jason | March 25, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I expect that it'll be Hyundai.
They used to sponsor WUSA, too.

Posted by: JSF | March 25, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

DC United Fan-

By that logic, you should shake your head in disgust any time you see anyone driving any car. Yes, that includes American-made cars (treatment of Native Americans throughout our history, slavery, Japanese internment camps during WWII, proxy wars in Latin America, etc).

As long as the logo is just white and it's for the kind of money Chicago got from Best Buy, we'll have done well for ourselves.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | March 25, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Troy Perkins drive a MINI? While I think it would be cool if MINI were our sponsor (because I drive one) and their corporate colors are red and black I'm not sure how much sense it would make for them. They don't have a very big dealer network and they don't have too much trouble selling cars. But they do like to do things that are out of the ordinary.

Toyota already have their "Park" in Chicago so I'm not sure it would make sense for them to be our jersey sponsor.

And as was mentioned above I thought Honda was pulling out of the league.

Hyundai would not surprise me as they are involved in the game elsewhere.

Posted by: Glenn | March 25, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

It would never happen but how cool would it be to have the Ferrari stallion on our shirt?

Posted by: EYE-talian Stallion | March 25, 2008 03:31 PM

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I thought the "My Little Pony" corporate logo had already been used:

http://www.nhsoccer.com/rev/jpg/cup018.jpg

Posted by: garbaggio | March 25, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

What about Opel? Nobody's thrown that one out there.

Posted by: tmc | March 25, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, I hope it's Toyota, then we can look like Fiorentina... :)

Posted by: Catherine-Lucia | March 25, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tmc | March 25, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

We should not be associated with any car made in Germany period. Do people forget that the Nazis instituted the creation of the Volkswagon. I always shake my head in disgust when I see Americans driving those cars. Lets hope for Toyota.

Posted by: DC United Fan | March 25, 2008 04:25 PM

hope you don't drive a Ford, and are aware of what Henry Ford did to help out the Nazis.

Posted by: pat | March 25, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

No ones mentioned Volvo? First thing I think of when I picture the stereotypical soccer "fan" in the US (as opposed to us real fans) is a Volvo loaded up with suburban soccer children. So if DC doesn't come through with a stadium then Volvo wants a head start on our new suburban fan base. Book it.

Posted by: Volvo | March 25, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

glad to see others are picking up on the Eastern Motors genius idea! shame it will never happen, they aren't interested in the Latino market for some odd reason.

that leaves Hyundai or Volkswagen, I suppose, although I could see MINI (which is BMW, of course) that could have some seriously clever tie ins. (no, really, just shoot lots of video of O'niel going up against the big guys and zipping around them, it's perfect!)

five guys would rock, I still think.

Posted by: northzax | March 25, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Brazilian eCar? It's Niell-sized!
http://www.obvio.ind.br/obviona/cars.htm

Posted by: obvio | March 25, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

TMC: they don't market OPELs in the US, why pay for advertising? we call them Fords here.

Posted by: northzax | March 25, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

United has been in serious talks with VW and Verizon Wireless. Not a question...this is a fact. Considering Goff said it's an automaker...well, you can figure it out. I think it'll look fine.

Posted by: N. Daknow | March 25, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

VW... VZW
Klose enough.

Posted by: sitruc | March 25, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Volga, comrade.

Posted by: Eric in Baltimore | March 25, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Lets go out of the box and say: Peter Built

Posted by: The Jim | March 25, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

again, what's with this notion that because Toyota bought the rights to Chicago's SSS, that they can't also buy the rights to sponsor the front of DC's jersey? Sponsorship is about plastering your brand name everywhere. The whole Toyota Park issue is meaningless when discussing whether they'd sponsor DC's shirt.

Posted by: fig | March 25, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I'd say either Toyota or Honda.

Posted by: SkiFast! | March 25, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Opel would be great, but my money's on VW.

Posted by: Andy | March 25, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I'm glad I haven't bought a new jersey yet...

Posted by: Andy | March 25, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

My vote is VW. I think it would look great. It would make my father in law happy. He retired from VW as the national sales manager.

Posted by: steve-o | March 25, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

My vote is VW. I think it would look great. I could buy my father in law a jersey as he is retired from VW. And yes I can get VWs at employee pricing!!

Posted by: steve-o | March 25, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Well if it is VW, it'll probably look a bit like this:

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/148/dcuvwzt0.jpg

Posted by: Photoshop Action | March 25, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

The only thing I have to offer is that the current shirt sponsor for the Charleston Battery is Saturn, while last year it was Saab (which looked awfully nice). My dollar is on VW though.

Posted by: Dobey | March 25, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Lexus a foreign brand?

Posted by: peridigm | March 25, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Well if it is VW, it'll probably look a bit like this:

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/148/dcuvwzt0.jpg

Posted by: Photoshop Action | March 25, 2008 08:38 PM
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Goddamn that is ugly!

Posted by: VW sucks. | March 25, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I really think its going to be VW. They are looking to triple their production in the United States by 2018. Advertising is a start.

Posted by: tpm26 | March 25, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I'd be pretty surprised if it is a German company. We don't realize it here, but actually the public in Germany is very sensitive to colors that evoke images of the past. Brown shirts, black and red - none of those appear much in the Bundesleagua, nor in the corporate world, nor in German government, nor on trains, shipping companies, etc.

Posted by: David | March 25, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

You guys are completely overlooking Kia!

Posted by: Gary B | March 25, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Volkswagen it is....

Posted by: Doodfromupdastreet.. | March 25, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Volkswagen it is....

Posted by: Doodfromupdastreet.. | March 25, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

What about Yugo or Trabant?

Blah...

No sponsor logo can make the new kits look good. They are awful. Generic plain black. Not even a shadow pattern. The keeper jersey looks like a faded sweatshirt.

Posted by: Erick | March 26, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

I dislike the idea of having a sponsor displayed on the jerseys(bring back the stripes!), but if they're gonna do it why choose a company w/stronger local ties to the area or perhaps even a charity(ala Barca & Boca's sponsorship deal w/UNICEF)?

Posted by: UnitedFan in Mass | March 26, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Lamborghini, just because it's long enough to be on both front and back of the jersey.

Posted by: Lloyd Heilbrunn | March 26, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

I really think its going to be VW. They are looking to triple their production in the United States by 2018. Advertising is a start.

Posted by: tpm26 | March 25, 2008 09:31 PM
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god im soooo sick of the commercial with the guy doin the car alarm thing. Every time i switch the channel there it is.

Posted by: The Jim | March 26, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

If a foreign automobile maker is the leading candidate, why are people leaving out Ford and GM?

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

If the sponsor does turn out to be VW, it might not be the actual logo that they place on the jersey. Over here in Germany, VFL Wolfsburg (obviously sponsored by Veedub) sometimes has the name of whatever the newest model VW is selling on their jerseys.

For instance, currently it is "Tiguan" on the shirt, and formerly it has been GTI and Touareg. (They also used the VW logo now and again). Are they trying to sell Tiguans in the states? If so, that might be what goes on the shirt first---or one of the other new models they want to introduce.

Posted by: todd11 | March 26, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

TMC: they don't market OPELs in the US, why pay for advertising? we call them Fords here.

Posted by: northzax | March 25, 2008 05:53 PM
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Sorry to nitpick, but Opel is GM in Europe. So we wouldn't call them Fords here.

Posted by: andy | March 26, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

VW is seriously looking at locating a new factory in the States, and they are intent on increasing market share here as well. I can see them making ad pushes on several fronts, and with the relocation of their HQ to "nearby" Reston, this has a local tie-in as well. Makes sense.

Posted by: Dubb'n | March 26, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I'd prefer Rolls-Royce... their new HQ offices will be moving from Chantilly to Reston this spring (building signage is already up in Reston Town Center). Also, their building a new factory down near the VA/NC border.

The only catch is that it's Rolls-Royce's aviation, not auto. Oh, and my wife works for them, so I am probably a bit biased.

Posted by: swinreston | March 26, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

"... black and red - none of those appear much in the Bundesleagua,"

Except for the German flag and this jersey:

http://www.soccer.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=2166&Product_Id=322458&showcase=t

Posted by: Deutscher Farben | March 26, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

VW owns Audi. That would look awfully nice. They also own Lambo but somehow I doubt that will work.

And while we're at it, Porsche is investigating if they can buy VW.

mmmm...black and red Porsche

Posted by: DCU-ATL | March 26, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I'll be pissed if it is Honda, because they have a plant right outside of Columbus and we should have been the first logistical place for them to put their money because of the long standing partnership between Central Ohio and Honda.

If they sponsor your jerseys there is no way they would buy naming rights to our stadium.

Posted by: gary | March 26, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DrewL | March 26, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Attention VW suits, big toes, and assorted karmeisters in Volfsburg and your new home in NoVA:

I dig your cars. Own two of 'em. I'll be buying several more in the coming years...and you can help make that a definite sale, if you want to. Here's how:

1) Hook up with DC United. Obviously you already like the DC area; you're pitching your tent out in the DC/NoVA 'burbs and all the scuttlebutt says you'll be putting one, if not both, of your new, North America plants near the new home office, safely out of range of hurricanes, etc., etc., etc.
DC United are my favorite team, sharing space only with two others in the entire world. (You might be happy to know that, as an American born in your wonderful country, I happen to be a diehard supporter of your National Mannschaft, along with those other lads down Bavaria way [not the ones in light blue...the other ones, which most of your countrymen seem to enjoy hating, but I don't care, I love them---just like I love DC United]). You'd be a great fit for the greater DC region. So come one, get out der chekbuch and start shoveling the Marks/Euro/dough.

And 2) Quit goofing around and sell us the new Scirocco, already. You know you want to. I certainly want one, for heaven's sake. So, just do it. And while you're at it, slap the ol' V-dub shield on the DC United shirt. Heck, schedule a preseason training vacation for your Bundesliga lads up yonder there in Volfsburg with DC. Or you could go so far as to invite Puebla from the Mexico league and have all the kiddies home and under one roof for a little summer vacation. They could even play a little round-robin thing for a trophy---you can call it the VW Cup. Or the Pimp Mein Fussball Cup. Whatever. Heck, do the marketing schtick and name it after whichever newest car you're trying to push---the Tiguan Cup; the Touareg.3 Cup. And of course (hint. HINT!) the Scirocco Cup. I don't care. Just do it.

The German ethic in America is strong. Very strong. The parts your emigres have played in the history of the United States is a source of significant, deeply-felt pride for both our nations. We wouldn't entirely be us without you. We're family. You will be loved and wanted here. And, as mentioned, you've already chosen to come. So throw down a marker---get on board with MLS while the gettin' is still good. The day is coming, surprisingly close already even if still years away, when MLS will stand confidently among the great football leagues of the world. We won't have the tradition of the Premiership in England, or even the decades behind your Bundesliga, but then, we're Americans. We don't do history---we make it. And we want you to be a part of it with us.

Along with your Scirocco.

In silver, preferably.

Meine Freunde: Willkommen zu MLS, y'all.

Posted by: Robert in Orlando---Black-n-Red since '95 | March 27, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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