Virginia Cavalry FC, the Ashburn-based North American Soccer League (NASL) club will be deferring its inaugural season one year until Spring 2015.
Joe Travez, Virginia Cavalry FC’s Principal Owner, noted, “With a number of variables regarding our stadium and having exhausted numerous alternative Northern Virginia venues, it is best for the team and the League to wait one more year to begin play. This was a difficult decision, but we owe it to our fans and our club’s future to start in as strong a position possible. You only have one time to make a first impression.”
NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson said: “The Board of Governors was fully apprised of the issues regarding the team’s stadium development, recognized the significant efforts Cavalry ownership expended in seeking alternatives and is fully supportive of the decision to delay the team’s launch for one season as being in the fans’ best interest.”
Additionally, Cavalry FC announce that Mark Simpson has been promoted to General Manager of the expansion club and will guide the team onto the pitch.
“I’ve personally witnessed the amazing growth of soccer locally here and I can’t wait to add the professional level to this area,” Mark Simpson said. “We have worked long and hard to create the mission and vision of Cavalry FC and we are fully committed to putting a product on the field we can all be proud of and our fans can fully support. This extra year will allow us to aggressively scout and prepare properly to join Oklahoma City and Jacksonville in the NASL in 2015.”
Travez concluded, “Cavalry FC is committed to our fans, our community, the NASL and this global sport. We will not squander this opportunity to build a stronger club that will compete on the pitch and be financially strong with a long, successful future.”
The NASL franchise team’s website is http://www.VirginiaCavalry.com, and they can be found on social media at Facebook.com/VirginiaCavalry and Twitter.com/CavalryFC.
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About the Virginia Cavalry FC:
The Cavalry is a Northern Virginia-based expansion franchise set to begin play in the North American Soccer League in 2015. The Cavalry respectfully request that all media outlets refer to the club as “Cavalry FC,” “Virginia Cavalry” or “Virginia Cavalry FC” and avoid at all times abbreviating the club’s name.
About the NASL:
The North American Soccer League is a professional soccer league established in the United States and Canada. The NASL member teams are: Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Minnesota United FC, New York Cosmos, San Antonio Scorpions FC and Tampa Bay Rowdies. Indy Eleven and Ottawa Fury FC will begin play in 2014 and Virginia Cavalry FC and clubs in Jacksonville and Oklahoma City will commence play in 2015. For more information about the NASL, visit www.NASL.com. Follow the NASL on Twitter @NASLOfficial and Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NASL.fans.