It would appear D.C. United’s search for a permanent home in the District is making progress.
D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, said the city is in “final negotiations” to complete a stadium deal with United during an interview Friday on “The Kojo Nnamdi Show.”
“They have a new ownership, the D.C. United, who are really committed to building a stadium in the city,” Evans said. “The team would pay for it. And the city would do what we always do, which is the infrastructure.”
Evans later tweeted, “We will get it done! Keep DC United!”
(UPDATE: Evans has since toned back his comments, telling The Washington Post, “I wouldn’t really read too much into that. There is nothing new, except the ongoing conversations about building a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point.”)
In a statement, United president and CEO Kevin Payne said: “We appreciate Councilman Evans’ unswerving support and are continuing what we hope will be fruitful discussions with the District.”
The club is offering no further comment at this time.
United have had increased optimism in their efforts to build a stadium at the Buzzard Point property near Nationals Park since the July 10 introduction of Erick Thohir and Jason Levien as co-owners joining Will Chang. Thohir, an Indonesian media magnate, offers deep pockets, while Levien, a former Clinton administration staffer who owns a home in the District, brings political savvy.
“At this point, the advantage that we have is that we’re bringing a fresh perspective to this,” Levien said upon his introduction, noting United might need a “machete” to cut through the D.C. government’s red tape. “So we want to move quickly, but I also want to move thoughtfully through it.”