Virginia Cavalry FC
Director of Communications
Virginia Cavalry FC Identity Firmly Established
Ashburn-based team will take the pitch in 2014
Ashburn, VA – February 6, 2013 – Bearing a strong, classic name VIP Sports & Entertainment’s North American Soccer League franchise — previously referred to by the generic term “NASL Virginia” — has established an identity and will be known as Virginia Cavalry FC.
This seminal announcement comes after NASL Virginia fielded thousands of submissions from across Virginia, the D.C. metro area and around the world, made via NASLVirginia.com, Facebook.com/NASLVirginia, through Twitter.com/NASLVirginia and a unique iPhone app.
The team name contest, dubbed “Kick The Vote ’13,” even sparked interest from Hollywood, with an extremely clever, funny episode of “Joe & Buzz” (www.joeandbuzz.com) centered entirely around the Kick-The-Vote contest. Their suggestion of ”The Virginia Beards,” while inventive, doesn’t completely fit in a state founded by a bunch of guys wearing wigs.
“Virginia Cavalry FC is tremendous name for Virginia’s first high-level professional soccer club,” said Bob Farren President and CEO of VIP Sports & Entertainment. ”Not only does it connect with our area’s long military history and its well-known tradition as horse country, it also signifies our club will work together as a single unit for a common goal. Boldly carrying the name ‘Cavalry’ as our fans roar encouragement, our players will feel the impulse to saddle up and charge forward in the relentless pursuit of victory.”
The Cavalry unveiled their new brand at a star-studded event held at Bungalow Lakehouse in Sterling, Virginia. NBC Sports’ Russ Thaler hosted the event, which featured US Soccer Hall of Famers, and Men’s National Team Veterans John Harkes and Eddie Pope. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell welcomed the team to the Commonwealth via video. A highlight of the event was when 14 year old Connor Rouch of Leesburg, VA was awarded the grand prize of tickets to the inaugural Cavalry game in 2014 and an official home jersey.
The Cavalry released a number of images, none of which are the final team logo. The logo and team uniforms will be unveiled soon via the Cavalry’s social media platforms directly to our fans. A high-resolution version of the word marks can be found at http://www.virginiacavalry.com/media.
“Really, we couldn’t have asked for a better name from our growing base of enthusiastic fans,” said Mark Simpson, former MLS champion D.C. United goalkeeper now serving as the Cavalry’s Director of Soccer Operations. ”This is a name that players will be proud to wear on their jersey shields, and fans will have fun associating with in the stands and in public.”
Sports fans and fellow NASL teams: Here come the Cavalry.
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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 2014. The team’s home games will be held at the One Loudoun ballpark at the interchange of Route 7 and the Loudoun County Parkway in Ashburn, VA, a venue it will share with the Loudoun Hounds Professional Baseball Club, which is also owned by VIP Sports & Entertainment.
The Cavalry will operate a developmental youth soccer academy, encompassing several of the region’s largest youth soccer organizations, with the goal of encouraging strong growth in athletics and academics for all soccer-playing youngsters of Northern Virginia.
The Cavalry respectfully request that all media outlets refer to their club as “Cavalry,” “Virginia Cavalry” or “Virginia Cavalry FC” and avoid at all times abbreviating the club’s name. Find the Cavalry at http://www.virginiacavalry.com, Facebook.com/virginiacavalry and Twitter.com/cavalryfc.
About the North American Soccer League:
The North American Soccer League is a professional soccer league established in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The NASL member teams are: Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, New York Cosmos, Minnesota Stars FC, Puerto Rico Islanders, San Antonio Scorpions FC and the 2012 champion Tampa Bay Rowdies. Indianapolis (Indiana), Ottawa (Ontario) and Loudon County (Virginia) will begin play in 2014. For more information about the NASL, visit www.NASL.com. Follow the NASL on Twitter @NASLOfficial and Facebook at Facebook.com/NASL.fans.