Va. Professional Soccer Team Named

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– The Virginia Cavalry will be the the name of the Loudoun County-based soccer team that will charge into the North American Soccer League’s 2014 spring season.

Fans were invited to cast their votes for the team name online, and were also given the choices of “the Stallions” or “the Dominion.”

The winning name was announced at an event held at Bungalow Lakehouse in Sterling Wednesday. U.S. Soccer Hall of Famers and Men’s National Team veterans John Harkes and Eddie Pope were in attendance. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell welcomed the team to the Commonwealth via video.

The NASL league has been sanctioned Division II by the United States Soccer Federation, so it’s not quite Major League Soccer, but spokesman David D’Onofrio said the Calvary will join established NASL teams like the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

The Calvary will play at the BallPark at One Loudoun facility in Ashburn, sharing with the new Loudoun Hounds Atlantic League of Professional Baseball team.

WNEW’s George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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