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Pro soccer could revive Loudoun Hounds ballpark plan

Loudoun HoundsGiven up by many for dead, a proposed Loudoun Hounds (independent; Atlantic League) ballpark could see the light of day if the team ownership lands a North American Soccer League (NASL) franchise.

NASL officials and Virginia Investment Partnership (VIP), which owns the Hounds and has been working on the ballpark proposal at Kincora Village Center, are discussing pro soccer in the Washington, D.C. suburb. NASL soccer is one step below MLS; teams in that circuit (not related to the original NASL, by the way) tend to play in smaller venues in larger metro areas.

Despite receiving approval from Loudoun, the $2-billion Kincora Village Center hasn’t taken off because of funding issues, which means the proposed ballpark is still in the planning stages. The goal now is to see a new ballpark open for the 2014 season, but making that deadline could be tight given the lack of movement on planning and financing in the past year.

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