Virginia Cavalry Canters Into N.A.S.L.
Mark Simpson is an ambitious man, but that should be expected. A three time M.L.S. Cup winner with D.C. United as well as an accomplished indoor player, he has a new project — the Virginia Cavalry of the North American Soccer League.
“It’s going to be exciting to create something from the ground up,” he said.
With the club’s name unveiled on Wednesday evening after a vote by fans, Simpson is part of an ownership group looking to establish a team in the Louden County area of northern Virginia for the start of the 2014 N.A.S.L. season.
“We wanted to play at the highest level possible,” Simpson, 46, said. “The N.A.S.L. model completely fits with us in terms of expansion fee and the money we’re going to spend on players and the area we’re at. Right now its deemed as Division 2, but I think it becomes what we make it become.”
It is a project that has been long in the making, spread over the past 18 months. That is in part because of the new league commissioner, Bill Peterson. Keen to provide the league stability, Peterson demands a thorough evaluation of every expansion proposal. (The nine-team league also plans to add…