The Virginia Cavalry FC and Loudoun Hounds, the soccer and baseball franchises for Ashburn’s VIP Sports and Entertainment, announced Dec. 6 that both teams' inaugural seasons would be delayed until spring 2015.
The news comes days after VIP Sports and Entertainment founder Bob Farren stepped down as chairman and CEO with board member Mark Stavish stepping up as interim chairman.
Delays in construction of the ballpark at One Loudoun had prevented the Loudoun Hounds from being included in Atlantic League play in 2014.
“The Hounds are a tremendous brand and have a bright future. Unfortunately with delays in construction on the stadium and not wanting to begin in a temporary facility, we are unable to field a team for next season," said Stavish in a prepared statement.
VIP had planned to begin play on the road even if the ballpark was not completed by opening day.
The Virginia Cavalry FC soccer team is now hoping to begin play in spring 2015 in the North American Soccer League.
Joe Travez, Virginia Cavalry FC’s principal owner, noted, “With a number of variables regarding our stadium and having exhausted numerous alternative Northern Virginia venues, it is best for the team and the League to wait one more year to begin play. This was a difficult decision, but we owe it to our fans and our club’s future to start in as strong a position possible. You only have one time to make a first impression.”
The announcement of the delay coincided with a shift in management for the Cavalry as well.
Mark Simpson, who joined the VIP Sports organization as director of soccer operations, was named general manager for the Cavalry FC.
Simpson is the former goalkeeper for DC United, where he won three MLS titles. He also served on the coaching staff at DC United and the Virginia Beach Mariners.