United Want D.C., Baltimore Want United
“We continue to work on this in both D.C. and Baltimore. We’re looking at several sites in D.C. We’ve had several conversations with the District. There’s no specific proposals being discussed at this time, but I believe there is a general consensus in the Wilson Building [city government headquarters] that they certainly want D.C. United to remain in D.C. On the other hand, Baltimore will probably come forward with a pretty solid proposal. There’s certainly a great location in Baltimore and a willing developer. We’ll be deciding, I hope, sometime this year what our future is.
“As far as which of the two cities, our name is D.C. United and we don’t take that lightly, but the Baltimore opportunity is a real one and we have to take it seriously and do our due diligence in both locations.”
-D.C. United President Kevin Payne on the D.C. stadium situation.
I'd never wish relocation on anyone, no matter which club they support, but not knowing anything from anything the last few updates from D.C. on the stadium situation make it seem like a move to Charm City is a real option. Not the first option or the best option but definitely a viable one. It almost seems we're being braced for it through a series of honest updates that will make for a nice bread crumb trail if a move to Baltimore ever happens.
But let's hope it doesn't because D.C. United belongs in D.C. Not in another city or a random beltway suburb. Although the location of their future stadium is unclear it's fairly certain that RFK Stadium, their home for the last 16 seasons, will not be the place they call home 16 years from now.
What to do when there's no future at home? Tough decisions could be looming in the nation's capital and not just on The Hill & in the Oval Office.