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United's Kickoff Luncheon

Greetings from Gaylord Resort at National Harbor, the spectacular complex on the Potomac in Prince George's County.

We're here for a good cause: D.C. United's charitable arm, United for D.C.

But I'm also here for news, so here goes.....

Let's start with primary investor Victor MacFarlane, who was returning from Paris on Sunday and arrived back in San Francisco "in time to watch some freaky things happen" in the second half of United's 2-2 tie with the Galaxy.

On the issue of the stadium project: "I think we are making progress. We still have a ways to go. The key thing is that we are starting with a state study that says there is a significant benefit to us being there. ... Our biggest challenge is to continue to make sure we get the information out [about the economic impact]. The more we talk to the community and explain it, the more positive response we receive."

keep reading.....

Does United need to get something done by the end of the legislative session next month?

"The way the Maryland Stadium Authority is authorized, they need a legislative act for them to move forward. I am very hopeful that they will pass a bill that authorizes the stadium authority to move forward. If they don't in this session, I am not exactly sure what it means. I am not sure what the stadium authority can do. We can continue to work with the county, we can continue to work with parks and planning and tie down those elements, but it would impact our planning schedule."

Fans fear that if the project doesn't come to fruition, the team might have to leave town.

"I don't even want to contemplate that. We would look at other alternatives before we got to that draconian stage."

Player updates later.....

By Steve Goff  |  March 24, 2009; 12:59 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Thanks for asking the question of 'most deepest' concern, Steve!

"Fans fear that if the project doesn't come to fruition, the team might have to leave town.

Posted by: KireDCU | March 24, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I hope MacFarlane does indeed keep up the offensive on making sure people know about the benefit of the team being there, and keep clarifying that taxes gained at the stadium will pay for the stadium. People generally believe that if their local government wants to pay for X, they have to take that money away from something else (and often, the conclusion is that the money is being taken directly from schools, public services, etc). Getting over that misconception is key.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 24, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

So, did you get the chicken or the beef?

Posted by: goaldigger | March 24, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Steve,

I heard a rumor that Soehn was a little bit short with you over an interview with a player after the game. I wanted to apologize as a fan of DCU for his behavior. Thanks for all the information that you have provided us. Take care and you rule!

Posted by: no_recess | March 24, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

So, did you get the chicken or the beef?

Posted by: goaldigger | March 24, 2009 1:26 PM

C'mon Kim, he's from New England. Obviously, he had the lobster!

Posted by: KireDCU | March 24, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, maybe this will talk some of the people off the ledge on BigSoccer.

Posted by: CHICO13 | March 24, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha, good one, Chico.

Posted by: spidergoose | March 24, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"United for DC" Oh, the irony.

Posted by: Reignking | March 24, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Thank god Steve didn't ask McFarlane about why Crayton didn't start in LA...

I'm glad that United has the new webpage up and running and that McFarlane and co. are well aware of the importance of keeping the fans well informed on what we and our allies need to do to keep the ball rolling toward our(their)goal. Thank you to Steve for tackling the top priorities for folks who want the team to stay in the area.
I'm sure that United for D.C. will be trickling these funds down to those who need. No irony in it for me. The Charitable arm of DC United transcends all this political, ZZZZZZZ, hogwash. Those of of who give should continue to. It's actually great that they're in P.G. doing this stuff, and hopefully doing a little lobbying on the side(wink, wink). I'd love to see this news reported somewhere this evening... They're always showing off the Skins doing charity work.
Any news crews on the scene?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 24, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Kim, it was chicken =)

Posted by: HowdyDCU | March 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

(for those of us who were there and paying attention to Uncle Vic's opening remarks) - DIdn't Uncle Vic say something about a possible shortfall if event taxes didn't cover the cost of the MD/county/parks bonds???

Posted by: JohnSL1 | March 24, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: undrafted | March 24, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

These politicians in Maryland are idiots. Griffith makes great points about developing underutilized metro stops... Look at Arlington folks. Do you think that we have a pedestrian, bicycle, and family friendly paradise here because we balked at developing around the metro stops? Honestly! I didn't live here when all this started happening, but it continues as I write this...
What part of the fact that McFarlane and Chang being in this for development opportunities do they not get? Screw the Redskins and what they didn't do for the community in P.G. I'm seriously going to stop watching the Skins and forget about throwball if these morons are too darn stupid to see the opportunity that is falling into their lap because DC dropped the ball.
If the armpit of Maryland wants to continue in its bammaish', violent, and hopeless ways fine... I'm moving to Portland.
Unless of course DC can finally get something done in the District... Come on Fenty!

Posted by: DadRyan | March 24, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

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