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Video: United in Annapolis

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By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2009; 7:45 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Great showing everyone!

Hopefully you splashed a little cash around town to show the locals the spending potential of our fans.



Posted by: jayrockers | March 17, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, you can get on WJLA's case for not clarifying that the Prince George's county taxpayers will not bear any more tax burden than other MD residents. Why that uninformed protester was chosen for the clip is awful.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 17, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Great to see the DC fans making a good showing to the legislators in Annapolis.

On Telefutura, Puerto Rico leads Cruz Azul 2-0 at halftime. Early goal by Sandy Gbandi after a nice setup by Jansen. Addlery scored when he leapt high and got his extended foot onto an incoming freekick to redirect it into the net.

Islanders are content to mostly defend but have been dangerous looking when they push forward.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 17, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

+1 I-270Exit1

Great job getting the voice heard guys and gals

Posted by: FreddieFreeIoader | March 17, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the PR update -- tuning in now.

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

So why couldn't the same rallying be done for a stadium in the District? I know that option appears dead, but with MD having to float so much of the upfront cost of the stadium in PG county, it seems like building the stadium is a long-shot there as well...

Posted by: Eugene7 | March 17, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Cruz Azul close!

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Puerto Rico hangs on for the 2-0 victory with Bill Gaudette making several highlight reel worthy saves. At one point Cruz Azul's Luis Landin congratulated him for coming up big (shades of Romario vs Kasey Keller way back).

Kyle Veris came on for the Islanders in stoppage time.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 17, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess Puerto Rican sports fans will have to take some solace in the Islanders' win -- but, there has got to be a lot of broken hearts there because Team USA rallied with three runs in the bottom of the 9th, to beat Puerto Rico 6-5...and advance to the semi-finals of the WBC. Really thrilling game. If baseball can figure this out -- I think it should be played right after the World Series -- I think they could have an international tournament that ranks behind only the World Cup. the Olympics, and maybe the Euros. But, that's for another day. This is DC United day -- at least, here in Maryland...

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Eugene7 -- Are you kidding? Many of us spent a whole hell of a lot of personal time trying to lobby the Mayor's office and the Council for a stadium in the District. But since it's so important to you, and since you'd so much rather the team have stayed in the District, I'm sure you were one of us, right?

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | March 17, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

If this bid does fall through, there could be one last chance for the city to come through. Otherwise, we might lose the team entirely...

That's a prospect I don't even want to think about. The reason there was no rally like this in DC is no plan ever made it as far as a City Council hearing. I'm not confident that the District would seize the opportunity, if they get another chance. So. We need to pull out all the stops to make it happen in Maryland.

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Pedalada | March 18, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

"After crashing state servers with a plethora of e-mails, D.C. United fans converged on Annapolis in person Tuesday to support the franchise's plan to move to Prince George's County and build a new stadium ... with public funding, of course."

This is the opening paragraph on Channel 4's web site article. OK bleeding hearts, tell me I'm misinterpreting this paragraph. Tell me this concluding sentence is just an awkward one where they don't really mean what it seems they mean.
Tell me their reporting is not biased, I'm just being a pro-soccer idiot because this verbage could be interpreted a multitude of ways. I'm sick and tired of the apologists. If it sounds like a duck and looks like a duck really is a duck people.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 18, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse


What a great game. I got bathed in green beer in the bottom of the ninth. Really exciting stuff. Your idea of following the World Series is a good one. They would need to work it around football schedules but it could work.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 18, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

christopher_a_metzler -- I just don't recall the public rallies like today's event, to get the stadium in the District. There may have been a lot of lobbying, a lot of emails, I just don't recall seeing video of marches.

I'm not trying to be snide, but I think that MOST people would want to see the stadium in the District. I'm a practical person, if the deal can get done in PG county, so be it -- as long as a deal gets done. But when the owners are asking a not-so-wealthy county to front 75% of the cost with taxpayer dollars, when the county has other serious priorities, I have some doubts if this deal is really going to happen. Those 75% upfront dollars are supposed to be repaid with tax receipts, projections of which McFarlane has produced for the county to review -- but one of his assumptions is to start at 20,000 avg. annual attendance and grow it by 20% per year for two years (to say 28,000). That sounds very aggressive to me. Back that assumption off a bit in terms of attendance and suddenly it takes PG county a while longer to recoup their investment of taxpayer dollars.

Look, I strongly believe DC United should have a soccer-specific stadium in the DC metro area, and I think it will work economically wherever it ends up because of the success of this team and it's strong fan support, I just have some doubts about McFarlane getting it done the way he's going about trying to structure these deals.

Posted by: Eugene7 | March 18, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Good news this morning. It's the Morgan Boulevard Metro station parcel. Wise decision.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 18, 2009 7:03 AM | Report abuse

1. When a government sells a bond, the government is on the hook to re-pay the buyer of the bond. That is "public funding." Whether there is additional tax burden for any Maryland residents (PG or otherwise) remains to be seen, but certainly as the deal is now reported, the taxpayers would be first in line to pay up, before the owners (or the fans).

2. The headline metro news yesterday was not an Annapolis rally attended by a few dozen soccer supporters, but the announcements that both Montgomery and PG are laying off cops and teachers.

3. Tough to see how the above two things set up well for public funding of a stadium in the near future, unless the owners will somehow stand behind the bonds with more than "projections" and "studies".

Posted by: OWNTF | March 18, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse


Actually by far the biggest news this morning is that Prince Georges County has formally begun the process by asking Metro to sell the Morgan Boulevard parcel.
In addition, the response of the soccer community in the past week has been overwhelming. If you think we don't matter, then your knowledge of politics isn't quite what it needs to be.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 18, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

eugene7 -- A rally was organized for Annapolis on the day that the Maryland legislature was debating the bill authorizing the State to proceed with negotiations regarding the stadium. It was done because one of the loudest arguments being used by folks opposed to construction of the stadium is that people in Virginia and the District won't travel to Prince George's to see games. The rally demonstrated fan support. Also, under the assumption that at least some of the crowd were Maryland residents, it showed a group of Maryland politicians that there were Maryland residents supporting a "yes" vote on the bill they had in front of them in session. It wasn't a coincidence that the two supporters who gave testimony in the Maryland House session were a Maryland resident and a Virginia resident.

In contrast, in the District, there was never a time when the DC Council was debating any actual bill or resolution in session. Furthermore, there was never any question by the District about fan support (since RFK is already in the District), and thus no need to demonstrate it. Of the issues that needed to be resolved to get a stadium built in the District, none were the kind that a rally to show support for the team would clarify.

As far as your statement that "one of his assumptions is to start at 20,000 avg. annual attendance and grow it by 20% per year for two years (to say 28,000)," I agree that the attendance figures the team is suggesting are aggressive; but the numbers you quote here are *not* what the team is proposing. If they were, it'd be a little silly to be proposing a 24,000 seat stadium to seat 28,000 people, no? The team is suggesting average attendances 2000-4000 larger than recent years. In doing so, it's counting on both a continuation of the (very) slow growth in attendance in recent years plus a bounce from the new stadium. I'm not in a position to attack or defend that position -- I don't have attendance numbers from similar moves, for example (and it's hard to define a similar move in a scientifically controlled fashion anyway, since there are a lot of other factors that are hard to isolate -- Dallas didn't get much of a bounce from their stadium move, but Dallas effectively built their stadium in La Plata or Warrenton, not inside the Beltway, etc.).

Believe me, it broke my heart when it became clear that the team planned to move outside the District. Right now, I can literally walk to DCU games without much trouble (I rarely do, because of the need to bring a ton of tailgating supplies; but 10 blocks gets me to the Armory). I wish like hell it hadn't come to this. But what would break my heart even more is if the team moved. And that's what's going to happen if the team can't be profitable here. So I support the stadium out there.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | March 18, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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