United adds Ethan White to growing stable of Academy players

D.C. United announced today that the club has signed 19-year old Academy product Ethan White. White becomes the fourth player signed to the first team from the Academy Team.  Bill Hamid, Conor Shanosky and 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar were the previous three signees.

White moved on from the Academy team to the University of Maryland where he started 43 matches in central defense for the Terrapins. Because the central defender was in United’s academy, the club had the option to sign him straight to the first team and not subject him to the MLS SuperDraft. If United had passed on signing White, he would have most likely gone in the first round according to some scouts who have seen him play over the past two years.

The 6-foot 183 pound native of Kensington, Maryland is a very good signing for United as they look to improve their club from a league-worst position last season. United has precious little depth in central defense and getting White will go a long way towards improving the position from last year. With United having the #3 pick in the upcoming SuperDraft on January 13th at the Baltimore Convention Center, they will essentially be getting two first-round picks.

Couple that with the selections and contributions of Najar and Hamid to date, United seems ahead of the league in terms of cultivating local talent and taking advantage of MLS’ ever-widening rules concerening homegrown players. While the SuperDraft is still important in building and replacing depth on your team, the Academies will be looked upon as perhaps an even better resource to gaining potential professional players who impact games in the future.

United selects Joseph Ngwenya in first round of MLS Re-entry Draft

D.C. United selected former Houston Dynamo forward Joseph Ngwenya in the first round the MLS Re-entry draft this afternoon. Only one other MLS club made a selection and that was the Columbus Crew selecting former Sporting Kansas City defender Aaron Holhbein. Every other team in MLS passed on their first-round opportunity.

While 14 of 16 teams passed on picking players in this first of three staged rounds, it was widely known that most, if not all teams would have passed on players in the first round of the draft because of the stipulations attached to those players available.

In a nutshell, United and the Crew will have to pay their selections their full 2010 salaries plus a 5% raise. For United, that means they can sign Ngwenya for a mere $78, 750 for next season (or for as long as the contract). Considering United’s criminal lack of pace and goal scoring, Ngwenya helps mightily in both categories. While Ngwenya will never be compared to MLS’ top goal scorers, he’s done some damage in his days in MLS and particularly against the Black-and-Red.

With the first round over, United is up again in the top spot for the second round and this is really where all the fun begins. United can covet any number of MLS iconic players such as Guillermo Barros Schelloto, Juan Pablo Angel or Jimmy Conrad for a fraction of what their contracts were last season. Now, getting those players to sign for such a pay cut is the real trick.

What is United’s next move? They obviously need help all over the field but my gut instinct tells me they will either select a veteran defender (Conrad) or a goal-scorer (Angel) in the next phase that takes place next Wednesday the 15th. Regardless of the salary cap implications, United is in good position to strengthen their team considerably (as compared to last season) before they even have to deal with the SuperDraft in January or the International Transfer Window that opens next month as well.

United obtains Dax McCarty, lose Jordan Graye and Rodney Wallace on Expansion Draft Day

D.C. United was a major player today on two fronts as Major League Soccer held their Expansion Draft this afternoon. The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps alternated picking 10 players each to help fill their rosters for their debut seasons in MLS. With the first pick the Timbers selected FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty, a surprise omission from MLS Cup runners-up FC Dallas’ protected list. In a shock move McCarty was then shipped to the Nations Capitol for defender Rodney Wallace. United also received allocation money and a fourth-round pick in the upcoming SuperDraft in January.

United defender Jordan Graye was selected 19th overall by the Timbers in the draft and will join Wallace in the Northwest to start the 2011 MLS campaign. Graye made a number of starts in his rookie season with the Black-and-Red and showed good promise. Unfortunately for Graye devastating mistakes also followed the rookie throughout the season and resulted in a number of goals that turned United victories into losses. Wallace only played a handful of matches in his sophomore season with United due to injuries and was probably deemed a luxury item as Jed Zayner came on board with United late in the season and turned in a number of impressive performances.

With United holding the #3 pick in the upcoming SuperDraft and with a number of potentially effective defenders available for selection, United made the move to ship Wallace away. In return United gets a fantastic two-way midfielder in McCarty who was amongst the best players on the field for this past Sunday’s MLS Cup final won by Colorado 2-1 in extra time. McCarty is a very skilled and hard working midfielder who works equally well in both directions. McCarty is also a fantastic free-kick taker in terms of placement.

In recent years United hasn’t exactly been a shining light in terms of getting the best of trades within the league, but this one seems to be a winner for United from the outset. Player for player this would have been a fantastic trade for United, but they also obtained a fourth-round pick and allocation money as well.

Najar Named MLS Rookie of the Year


D.C. United’s Andy Najar (above) was named Major League Soccer’s 2010 Rookie of the Year, edging out New York defender Tim Ream and Philadelphia forward Danny Mwanga.

the 17-year-old earned the award earlier this Wednesday and became D.C. United’s second player to receive the honor. Ben Olsen, D.C. United’s interim coach, received the award during his 1998 rookie season.

At 17, Najar is the youngest player to receive the award and the first attacking player to earn it since Clint Dempsey did in 2004. Furthermore, it is only the second time that the award has been issued to a player coming from a last place team. Maurice Edu of Toronto FC was the first in 2007.

In another first, Najar is the only player to receive the award after rising from the youth levels of any MLS Club. Najar, who played 26 League games (starting 22) become a first team regular in less than a year and has been remarkable. He became the tenth youngest player to start an MLS match in D.C.’s 2010 season opener in Kansas City  and since that day he has not looked back.

Najar was also United’s top scorer with 5 goals. In additon to the MLS honors, Najar was also awarded various team awards including Volkswagen Most Valuable Player, the 2010 D.C. United Golden Boot, the Volkswagen Fans’ Choice, and the Volkswagen Goal of the Year.

Najar scored seven goals in all competitions, while contributing two assists on the year (five MLS goals and one League assist). United signed the Youth Academy star to a Generation adidas contract on March 22, making him the second player to sign with the senior squad directly from United’s Academy.

Pontius out, Varela signed

United News/MLS News

  • Chris Pontius is to have season ending surgery on his ailing hamstring this week in Los Angeles according to the Washington Post. Pontius, injured initially in the January National Team Camp, suffered the entire season with injury and ended up scoring only 2 goals after a promising rookie season last year. The recovery time is from 4 to 6 months. If on schedule, Pontius could be back for training camp after the New Year
  • Clyde Simms will most likely play through the pain of another suspect sports hernia. With only 6 matches remaining and the entire off-season to recover, Simms is mulling over the decision to push on.
  • United has signed Spanish-born winger Carlos Varela. Varela, who spent most of his professional career in the Swiss League, will turn 33 tomorrow which also happens to be the roster deadline in MLS. No word yet on whether United will sign Junior, the 18-year old younger sibling of Fred, United’s former midfielder
  • MLS will move to a 34 match schedule next season. This means that with the addition of Vancouver and Portland next season, MLS will stay with the home-and-away schedule for the forseeable future. The league will still have two conferences. Word has it that Houston and Dallas are more than likely to switch to the Eastern Conference to give both conferences 9 teams each
  • The Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls pulled off a significant trade today when the Rapids sent midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy to the Red Bulls for midfielder/forward Macumba Kandji
  • Toronto FC have fired both coach Preki and General Manager Mo Johnston today. The club has named Canadian Nick Dasovic as the interim coach. It seems the cries from the fanbase were heard loud and clearly. I didn’t realize that you could fire a front office executive. Seems strange doesn’t it United fans?

United signs Montenegro midfielder Branko Boskovic to Designated Player contract

D.C. United announced today the signing of 29-year old midfielder Branko Boskovic from Montenegro. Boskovic has been playing the past three seasons with Rapid Vienna of the Austrian League where he made 123 appearances and scored 30 goals . Previous stops for the talented left-footed player were with Red Star Belgrade (where United signed Dejan Jakovic) and French first division sides Troyes and PSG. United, in need of attacking flair in central midfield, got wind of Boskovic last spring and dispatched Technical Director Chad Ashton to Austria to scout the player.

“He is an honest two-way player with special attacking qualities,” United General Manager Dave Kaspar said to the Washington Post this evening. “A very good passer, very good running with ball, excellent long-range shot and a very good finisher inside the box. He is also very dangerous on set pieces – taking them as well as he is very good in the air, he scores a lot with his head – and he is tactically very smart. So all those things we feel will help us move forward.”

United has signed two Designated Players since the inception of the rule four seasons ago, Marcelo Gallardo and Luciano Emilio, with arguable success. According to team officials Boskovic’ contract will be significantly lower than the salaries of David Beckham, Juan Pablo Angel and Landon Donovan, all of whom make in excess of $1.5 million dollars a year. Boskovic will not be eligible to suit up for the Black-and-Red until the summer transfer window opens up on July 15th.

DC United se trajo a casa el primer duelo de Copa del Atlántico derrotando a los Red Bulls de NY

Luciano Emilio artillero brasileño del DC United incendió la pradera a los 90' y a los 38 segundos Chris Pontius puso la estocada final del 3-2 a los Red Bulls de NY. Foto/Rafael Crisostomo

Luciano Emilio artillero brasileño del DC United incendió la pradera a los 90' y a los 38 segundos Chris Pontius puso la estocada final del 3-2 a los Red Bulls de NY. Foto/Rafael Crisostomo

Fue un partido aparte con visos de duelo especial que marcó el inicio de la singular serie de encuentros de la llamada Copa del Atlántico entre el DC United y los Red Bulls de New York para demostrar quién es el lider absoluto de la Conferencia Este.

DC United dio paso sólido, con toque de hazaña, en la primera vuelta y en calidad de visitantes derrotando con apretado marcador de 3-2 a los Reds Bulls newyorquinos.

Sin duda una hazaña la victoria washingtoniana en un partido emotivo, subido de adrenalina y donde el orgullo de salir victorioso en este duelo contaba como reto aparte.

Reza el refrán “el partido termina con el pitazo final del árbitro” y pareciera que a los dirigidos por el colombiano Juan Carlos Osorio se les olvidó porque ya hacia el suspiro final de los 90’ y tras estar ganando 2-1 con todo el desgaste del esfuerzo y casi festejando el primer sorbo de la Copa el DC United les dio la estocada al mejor estilo taurino en tan solo un parpadeo.

El artillero brasileño Luciano Emilio, a quien la polvora goleadora se le está subiendo de a pocos, a los 90’ les hizo el gol del empate y casi sin respirar el mediocampista Chris Pontius redondeó la faena con un golazo a quemarropa sellando la hazaña capitalina.

Pero la calurosa tarde empezó de espaldas a los dueños de casa del Giants Stadium. En el arranque del partido los toros rojos de la gran manzana lucieron desordenados en toda la primera etapa aunque con impetus pero no les bastaba para mostrar capacidad de conjunto.

A los 21’ el juvenil rojinegro el ‘Tico’ Rodney Wallace les facturó el primer tanto con fulminante rasante y bajo sobre la porterâ taurina dendida por Jon Conway. Fatal para los taurinos que con el desorden en su evolución nos les quedó mas que irse a los vestuarios con marcador a favor para los capitalinos.

Pudo ser mayor la cuenta antes descanso, Conway sin sobreponerse del gol de Wallace, casi sobre el final de los primeros 45’, despejó tan mal que casi le costó la segunda caida.

DC United fue más parejo en los primeros 45’ aunque por las cifras NY fue más ofensivo pero su desorden e individualidad fueron sus peores aliados.

NY llegó 21 veces al área sin poder definir mientras tanto las aguilas rojinegras washingtonianas llegaron con claridad en 11 oportunidades.

En la segunda etapa Carlos Osorio, DT de los Red Bulls, pegó el campanazo e hizo ingresar al ‘chamo’ venezolano mediocampista Jorge Rojas que puso orden en el medio campo de los Bulls y aquietó la pelota sobre el círculo central.

Allí mismo a los 48’ casi vino empate cuando Sinisa Ubiparipovic metido en la cocina capitalina disparó de media distancia, pero el defensor rojinegro Brian Namoff bien parado sobre sus 18 evitó el empate.

DC United no bajó los brazos y buscando sorpresas Luciano empalmó un remate que se fue desviado. El partido toma ritmo caliente e ingresa Macoumba Kandji por Dominic Oduro, y proyectado a velocidad disparó un fulminante que el guardapiolas capitalino Louis Crayton barajó sin problemas..

Desde allí con pelota rasante los Reds Bulls fueron copando a DC United de a pocos y se fueron adueñando del ritmo del partido con orden en sus filas e imponiendo su condición de local.

A los 68’ el hombre-gol colombiano Juan Pablo Ángel hinchó las redes de la carpa capitalina con un formidable cabezazo,tras un pase aéreo de Rojas, fue el segundo gol de Juan Pablo de esta temporada.

Red Bulls con el empate se agrandó totalmente, dejaron las dubitativas a un lado e iniciaron un ataque sin comtemplaciones dando trabajo al por mayor a las lineas defensivas de los capitalinos.

En ese fragor el cancerbero Craynton rechazó de manera mortal a los 74’ y Richards volteó el partido con un torpedo que dejó a las aguilas captalinas volando bajo.

Hasta allí todo era jorgorio y festejo de victoria adelantada en la escuadra newyorquina y lo peor sin mirar que los minutos no se acababan. Craso error taurino, DC United habiá puesto mucho sudor en este reto y sin duda no iba a claudicar hasta el pitazo final.

DC United se fue arriba con todo el aliento que les quedaba y el resto es historia con sabor a hazaña capitalina. ¡Qué manera de voltear un partido en el aliento final! Dos goles sacados de quién sabe donde con esa alma de ganador que solo infunde el amor propio.

Con esta victoria DC United se coló a la cabeza de la Conferencia Este pisándoles los talones a a los Hechiceros de Kansas City y Los Rojos del Chicago Fire a tan solo un punto de distancia.

Los Red Bulls quedaron en el sótano de la tabla con amargos 5 puntos y tan solo un punto arriba del colero Columbus Crew, de pronto les queda el consuelo de estar arriba de nada menos que el campeón del 2008.

Estadísticas del partido:

D.C. United (2-1-3) vs. New York Red Bulls (1-4-2)
26 de Abril, 2009 — Giants Stadium

DC — Rodney Wallace 1 (Santino Quaranta 1, Bryan Namoff 2) 21
NY — Juan Pablo Angel 2 (Jorge Rojas 1) 68
NY — Dane Richards 1 (sin asistencia) 74
DC — Luciano Emilio 4 (Santino Quaranta 2, Chris Pontius 2) 90
DC — Chris Pontius 2 (Thabiso Khumalo 1) 91+

D.C. United — Louis Crayton, Bryan Namoff, Dejan Jakovic, Marc Burch, Santino Quaranta, Fred (Brandon Barklage 61), Ben Olsen (Andrew Jacobson 50), Clyde Simms, Rodney Wallace (Thabiso Khumalo 81), Chris Pontius, Luciano Emilio.

New York Red Bulls — Jon Conway, Jeremy Hall (Juan Pietravallo 84), Andrew Boyens (Jorge Rojas 46), Kevin Goldthwaite, Alfredo Pacheco, Dane Richards, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Luke Sassano, Khano Smith, Juan Pablo Angel, Dominic Oduro (Macoumba Kandji 46).

DC — Clyde Simms (amarilla) 34
DC — Andrew Jacobson (amarilla) 53
DC — Rodney Wallace (amarilla) 68
NY — Dane Richards (amarilla) 78

Árbitro: Steven DePiero
Asistentes: Greg Barkey; Nate Clement
Cuarto oficial: Mark Geiger
Asistencia: 10.303

Fiesta inaugural de la MLS tuvo sabor latino en Seattle con dos goles de calidad del colombiano Fredy Montero

A casa llena, colorida y sobretodo muy ruidosa, la hinchada “Verde” de Seattle vivió en el Qwest Field de Seattle una fiesta futbolera que debe pasar la historia del fútbol emelesero por pintoresca.

El Benjamín debutante , Seattle Sounders FC, apabulló sin pestañear y por goleada de 3-0 a los Red Bulls de New York que llegaban con cartel de “grande” en calidad de subcampeón del 2007 tras una campaña sólida.

Sounders fue un torbellino verde que salió a la cancha del Qwest a demostrar que dará mucha batalla en esta temporada 2009.

Y tiene con qué, empezando por su cancerbero en los tres palos el veterano Kasey Keller cuyas cifras muestran una trayectoria de gran seguridad. Y lo mejor de todo, por lo visto en el partido inaugural, sus reflejos bajo la carpa están afinados al 100%.

Pero Sounders mostró algo más que eso. Fue contundente para amaniatar a Red Bulls en todas sus filas. La experiencia de su estratega Sigi Schmid –que sacó campeón al Columbus Crew en el 2008– fue vital para la victoria, pero sin duda los ” verdolagas” tuvieron su arma letal en el artillero colombiano Fredy Montero.

El delantero colombiano de 21 años recién aterrizado del Deportivo Cali se robó el alma de los más de 30,000 aficionados que hicieron estremecer las graderías del Qwest Field tras cada gol.

Fredy Montero dará que hablar en la Liga. Tiene calidad para anotar, tranquilo a la hora de definir, fluido en el pase para hacer caminar a su equipo y de pronto lo más importante, humildad y mística para manejarse en la cancha.

Montero dio el primer puntillazo del Sounders a los 12 minutos tras disparar cruzado y rasante metido sobre la linea de las 18  haciendo inútil la estirada del guardapiolas neoyorquino Danny Cepero.

De allí vino el desembalse. Sounders se adueño del partido copando todos sectores con marca a presión sobre el hombre mas efectivo de los Red Bull, el también colombiano y artillero por instinto Juan Pablo Ángel.

A Ángel lo marcaron en zona y lo hicieron retroceder en su habitual espacio –o de pronto enviado equivocado por su DT Juan Carlos Osorio–, pero lo cierto es que Juan Pablo cedió terreno y arrancaba muy por debajo de los tres cuartos haciendo débil el accionar de la ofensiva blanca y roja nuevayorquina.

En este trajín Sounders empezó a soltar su ofensiva de a pocos. Vimos a Sanna Nyassi en jugada individual y a velocidad sembrar en el camino al zaguero Kevin Goldthwaite aunque lamentablemente  su centro sobre la zona roja no fue aprovechada por Nate Jaqua que remató débil. Por cierto Kevin Goldthwaite se dedicó a jalar camisetas, golpeó como quiso pero se olvidó de jugar fútbol de allí la reacción justa del técnico ‘Verde’ Schmid que fue amostestado por el juez central.

El partido fue largamente controlado por Seattle. A los 25’ Montero nuevamente mostró lo suyo arrancado desde los tres cuartos pegado a la derecha para luego tras apilar rivales cerca del área tocó para Brad Evans, quien con espacio milimétrico disparó entre las piernas de Cepero que salió a destiempo. Fue el segundo tanto mortal de los ‘verdes’.

Los “Toros” de la Gran Manzana estaban impávidos. No se encontraban y cuando lo intentaban tenían una ola “Verde” encima.

Los dirigidos por Osorio no hilvanaban una. El venezolano Jorge Rojas y Ángel intentaban rebasar desde el medio campo pero la linea de cuatro de  Sounders fue inflexible a la hora de cortar inspiraciones.

En segundo tiempo Red Bulls salió más incisivo pero sin panorama ofensivo por la multiplicidad de los hombres de Sounders. Allí se  se vió la calidad del veterano Kasey Keller que estuvo sólido y muy bien parado las veces que fue requerido.

Lo vimos en acción refleja instantánea tras el remate a quemarropa de Macoumba Kandji, así mismo barajó con calidad un fulminante disparo a quemarropa de Rojas.

El partido se mostró candente con ritmo verde a favor y cuando pareciá que con el 2-0 le era suficiente apareció Montero.
Fredy en gran jugada individual terminó de rebalsar todas las ansiedades en el Qwest Field.

Robó pelota a Mike Petke –conocido nuestro en el DC United–, y sobre el medio sector avanzó como en su casa hasta el área , amagó el disparo cuando Cepero salía –dejándolo pagando en el gramado–, y con fria calidad disparó sin pausa sobre primer poste para facturar el 3-0 contundente.

Fin de fiesta inugural y festejo con ritmo de cumbia caleña colombiana en la cancha en un debut que de pronto dejó trasnochada a toda la ciudad de Seattle.

Por lo pronto los “Verdes” del Sounders FC pusieron un sonoro y victorioso campanazo en su debut emelesero y lo subrayamos…Si bien la fiesta de la MLS recién empieza con este auspicioso debut, los Sounders se ponen en un expectante lugar como equipo que dará gran batalla a los catorce restantes equipos emeleseros.

Only the name remains the same

The press conference has come and gone.  The politicos and official team folks have waxed poetic about how a new Prince George’s County Stadium for DC United will bring scores of jobs and millions to the county. 

But it is really a good deal? And is it a good deal now? 

Whatever happened in DC, the city’s lost one team in the Redskins, and a second should everything go through as PG and DCU officials hope. Again, the District of Columbia dropped the ball on keeping a good community partner in the city – unless a desperation slide-tackle in the Maryland penalty area is successful, and even attempted. That being said, stadium financing and job creation by sports franchises can be a slippery slope also.

Questions, and these are only a few, that need answering:

Jobs – what kind of jobs are we talking about among these 1,000+ full-time equivalents, and how much would people be getting paid? Are these construction jobs, jobs for people after the stadium opens, both? Other? 

Projected revenues? – $5 million in projected tax revenue for the county and $65 million to $80 million of new economic activity in the county and state on a yearly basis? Don’t believe any of that until a stadium is open and you can see first hand whether or not the money is coming in. Studies, at least the ones I’ve seen about similar subjects, usually have loftier projections when they’re touting the good, and less-so when projecting the bad (re: Virginia’s budget deficit). 

Projected revenues II (who gets what) – Part of the reason for moving out of RFK Stadium is to make money, for the team to have its own revenues. The bill says that DC United and PG County are to come to an agreement “that the allocation of revenue from events at the Prince George’s County Stadium is set forth.”

Projected events – 60? OK, 20 of those would be United matches, about 10, maybe for a pro women’s league team should it still be around in three years and a handful for the University of Maryland men’s powerhouse. The rest of the events, it seems, the stadium authority would have to compete for – MLS Cup, MLS All-Star game, World Cup qualifiers and international exhibitions, College Cup, high school and festival-type events, concerts, etc. 

The bill itselfHouse Bill 1282 – that seems to be lost in all the hype. It was introduced Fri., Feb. 13 – yes, Friday the 13th – in the Maryland General Assembly’s House of Delegates by Del. Melony Griffith. No action has yet to be taken on the bill, which sits in the House Appropriations Committee and has had its first reading. State Sen. Anthony Muse is supposed to introduce the Senate version, but has yet to do so. The House version, as yet, has no co-sponsors. Bills must go through three readings in each chamber – once upon introduction, another time after it has a committee hearing (where it can be amended) and then a third time when a floor vote is taken. The General Assembly has 47 senators and 141 delegates.  The text of the bill says the county has already identified a suitable site for a stadium, even as the team said yesterday it will look over several.

The bill, if passed, would take effect June 1, 2009. 

Location – It seems to be mixed on whether its Northern Virginia fan base would travel further to PG County for matches. Some have said it would likely be a few minutes longer on Metro to get there and don’t mind the trip in exchange for a first class stadium, while others say it’s already far enough for them, and a longer trip would be too much. Has the team already identified the fans it might get to replace the ones that – while likely still remaining fans – will not be coming to the matches? Have team officials made any projections on how many fans it might lose? Surely if there are rosy economic figures out there, they’ve got some rosy figures for fan attendance too. 

2012 opening? – Sure, if ground is broken now a stadium could be completed by then, if not quicker, but that assumes all goes well, the economy recovers at some point and no one in Maryland gets cold feet.

It’s a good hope to see a flicker of light at the end of the stadium tunnel. But now’s not the time to stop being skeptical. Read the bill and keep asking questions. We will.

PG United?

Following a scuttled stadium deal at Poplar Point in the District of Columbia, DC United executives signaled their intentions Friday to move the team to Prince George’s County in Maryland and build a 24,000-seat stadium at a cost of $180 million to $195 million. Team co-owner Victor MacFarlane and team president Kevin Payne, will take part in an 11:30 a.m. press conference Monday at Prince George’s Community College where Sen. Anthony Muse and Del. Melony Griffith, members of the Maryland General Assembly, will unveil plans to introduce legislation to allow DC United to move to Maryland and work with the Maryland Stadium Authority to build a stadium. Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson will be among those in attendance. A report commissioned by the Maryland Stadium Authority said a new stadium would generate $65 million to $80 million annually. The stadium is to be paid for by DC United and new revenue generated by the team and stadium, according to a press release about the stadium announcement. The new stadium would not, according to the announcement, “draw on the existing tax base or require lottery funds.”