Loudoun United FC has joined the United Soccer League's Donate Through Merchandise initiative.
For every merchandise sale through the end of May, Loudoun United will donate $10 to the Loudoun Tourism & Hospitality Relief Fund, launched by the Visit Loudoun Foundation.
"Being a part of the community and helping where we can help is a very important thing for the club and our mission and values," Loudoun United head coach Ryan Martin said. "Whatever we can do to help and support the community, we are willing to do. We just hope we can make a difference."
Loudoun United completed just one game in their second overall season before games were suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. LUFC started playing their home games at Segra Field in Leesburg midway through their inaugural season.
"We were very excited this year [to play at] Segra Field from the start. Obviously, you can't control the situation, but we can't wait to be back," Martin said. "We are all chomping at the bit to get back to Segra Field and get games going and really just get training going."
With the USL placing a moratorium on in-person training through May 3 at the earliest, Martin and his staff are providing different ways to "keep the players as fit and engaged as possible to be ready when we do restart the season."
Along with team meetings on Zoom, virtual workout sessions and tactical homework through video review, the team has welcomed a pair of guest speakers -- Jerry Yeagley and George Karl -- in recent weeks.
Yeagley guided Indiana University's men's soccer team to six national championships and a NCAA Division I record 544 victories during his 30 years at the helm, while Karl amassed more than 1,000 wins as a head coach of six NBA teams.
"We are using this break to regroup mentally and to really make a push," Martin said. "We want to make the playoffs, we want to make Loudoun proud and we can't wait to get back on the field."
Loudoun United merchandise is available for purchase at loudoununitedfc.com/shop.