Loudoun United FC is an American professional soccer team based in Leesburg, Virginia. The team was founded in 2018 as the reserve team of D.C. United and made its debut in the USL Championship in 2019.[1]

Loudoun United FC
Full nameLoudoun United Football Club
FoundedJuly 18, 2018; 5 years ago (2018-07-18)
StadiumSegra Field
Leesburg, Virginia, U.S.
Capacity5,000
OwnersAttain Sports and Entertainment (majority)
D.C. United (minority)
Head coachRyan Martin
LeagueUSL Championship
202311th, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website
Current season

History

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On July 18, 2018, the team was officially announced by USL and D.C. United as were the team's name, colors and crest. Loudoun United FC replaced Richmond Kickers as D.C. United's USL affiliate.[1]

After the founding of MLS Next Pro in 2022 and the subsequent movement of MLS reserve teams to that league by 2023, Loudoun United remained the only MLS-affiliated reserve side in the USL system; due to a legal agreement for leasing Segra Field, United is required to play in the second division.

On February 2, 2023, Loudoun United FC was sold to Attain Sports and Entertainment, which owns minor league baseball teams Bowie Baysox and Frederick Keys.[2] D.C. United will continue to own a minority stake in Loudoun United.[3] Furthermore, the change of ownership also meant that Loudoun United was eligible to participate in the 2023 U.S. Open Cup.[4]

Colors and badge

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Loudoun United FC colors are black, red and white, the same as parent club D.C. United. The club's crest contains the red-and-white gyronny seen in the flag and coat of arms of Loudoun County, as well as a winged horse in homage to both D.C. United's eagle logo and the county's long association with equestrian sports.[5]

Sponsorship

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Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2019–2021 Adidas The National[6]
2022
2023 Betfred USA[7]
2024–present Capelli Sport CORAS[8]

Stadium

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The club plays at Segra Field, a new 5,000-seat stadium at Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park in Leesburg. The stadium was built by D.C. United and the county government for $15 million.[9][10] Construction began in 2018, and was completed in August 2019. After playing some initial home games at Audi Field, they debuted in their new stadium in a game against the Charlotte Independence that ended 3–3 in front of 5,015 spectators.[citation needed]

Club culture

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The main supporter group of Loudoun United is the Loudoun Stampede. The supporter group hosts tailgates, events, and watch parties.[11]

Players and staff

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Roster

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As of June 14, 2024[12]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   USA Dane Jacomen
2 DF   USA Keegan Hughes (on loan from Columbus Crew)
3 DF   USA Keegan Tingey
4 MF   USA Tommy McCabe
5 DF   FRA Yanis Leerman
6 DF   CAN Kwame Awuah
7 FW   USA Wesley Leggett
8 MF   FRA Florian Valot
9 FW   USA Tommy Williamson
10 FW   USA Kalil ElMedkhar
11 FW   USA Isaac Espinal
12 MF   USA Drew Skundrich
13 MF   USA Alex Nagy
14 FW   USA Zach Ryan
15 FW   NZL Riley Bidois
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 DF   USA Cole Turner
17 MF   HAI Christiano François
18 FW   SEN Pape Amadou Wane
19 MF   ETH Surafel Dagnachew
22 DF   USA Robby Dambrot
23 GK   FRA Hugo Fauroux
24 DF   USA Jacob Erlandson
30 FW   EGY Abdellatif Aboukoura ([B])
31 DF   USA Graham Jones ([B])
36 DF   USA Justin Melly ([B])
40 MF   USA Gavin Turner ([B])
44 MF   CAN Isaiah Johnston
54 MF   HON Sandor Bustamante
77 MF   HON Alessandro Maldonado ([B])
98 GK   USA Luke Peacock ([B])
  1. ^
    Signed to first team contract with D.C. United.
  2. ^

Staff

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As of March 10, 2024[13]
Executive
Executive Business Officer   Doug Raftery
Director of Soccer   Oliver Gage
Senior Analyst, Scouting   Patrick Mullins
Team Administrator   Kristi Beckman
Technical staff
Head Coach   Ryan Martin
Assistant Coach   Steve Coleman
Goalkeeping Coach   Jack Stefanowski
Head of Performance   Victor Lonchuk
Head Athletic Trainer   Drazan Vukovic
Equipment Manager   TJ Salzberg
Team Psychologist Dr. Keith Kauffman

Team records

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Year-by-year

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As of October 14, 2023
Season USL Championship Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. attendance Top scorer1
P W L D GF GA Pts Pos Player Goals
2019 34 11 17 6 59 65 39 12th, Eastern Did not qualify Ineligible 1,381[14]   Kyle Murphy 13
2020 13 1 9 3 10 28 6 5th, Eastern
Group F
Did not qualify 495   Elvis Amoh 4
2021 32 4 25 3 31 78 15 16th, Eastern
8th, Atlantic
Did not qualify 639   Ted Ku-DiPietro 7
2022 34 8 22 4 36 74 28 11th, Eastern Did not qualify 1,489   Tyler Freeman 8
2023 34 7 23 4 36 61 25 11th, Eastern Did not qualify R4 2,664   Zach Ryan 10

^ 1. Top scorer includes statistics from league matches only.

Head coaches

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  • Includes USL regular season, USL playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.
Coach Nationality Start End Record
P W D L GF GA GD Win %
Richie Williams   United States January 28, 2019 May 30, 2019 9 2 4 3 11 13 −2 022.22
Ryan Martin   United States May 30, 2019 present 105 23 12 70 128 233 −105 021.90
Total 114 25 16 73 139 246 −107 021.93

References

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  1. ^ a b "Loudoun United FC Joins the USL for 2019". United Soccer League. Archived from the original on January 26, 2022. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "D.C. United Ownership Group Partners with Attain Sports & Entertainment to Transfer Controlling Ownership at United Soccer League Championship Club Loudoun United FC". Archived from the original on February 2, 2023. Retrieved February 2, 2023.
  3. ^ Goff, Steven (February 2, 2023). "Loudoun United sold to minor league baseball owner". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on February 2, 2023.
  4. ^ "Loudoun United FC Set to Participate in 2023 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup". Loudoun United FC. USL Network. February 6, 2023. Archived from the original on February 6, 2023. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  5. ^ "We Byde Our Time". Loudoun United. United Soccer League. Archived from the original on November 2, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  6. ^ Staff (March 2, 2019). "Loudoun United FC Announce National Conference Center as Official Hospitality and Founding Jersey Partner". Loudoun United FC. Archived from the original on March 8, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Loudoun United FC Announce Partnership With Betfred". loudoununitedfc.com. Archived from the original on December 20, 2022. Retrieved December 20, 2022.
  8. ^ "Loudoun United FC Announces CORAS, Inc. As New Front-of-Kit Sponsor". Archived from the original on November 21, 2023. Retrieved December 7, 2023.
  9. ^ "D.C. United and Loudoun County in discussions to develop facility for training and second division team". D.C. United. Archived from the original on July 19, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Olsen, Emily (July 18, 2018). "D.C. United announces new USL affiliate Loudoun United FC". Pro Soccer USA. Tronc. Archived from the original on April 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "The Loudoun Stampede". Archived from the original on October 18, 2019. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  12. ^ "Roster". Loudoun United FC. USL Championship. Archived from the original on August 8, 2022. Retrieved August 27, 2022.
  13. ^ "Technical Staff". Loudoun United FC. Archived from the original on February 7, 2023. Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  14. ^ "2019 USL Championship Attendance". SoccerStadiumDigest. Archived from the original on September 27, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
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