D.C. United and Leidos Extend Presenting Partner Agreement
D.C. United has announced that Leidos [NYSE: LDOS], a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, has extended their Presenting Partner agreement as the exclusive jersey sponsor for the Black-and-Red through the 2021 season. The agreement extends the reach of the Leidos brand with a savvy soccer audience both domestically and internationally. Additionally, Leidos supports soccer at the grassroots level through jersey sponsorships with various youth soccer clubs in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Alabama.
Under the agreement, the Leidos logo will continue to be prominently featured on the front of the team's jersey, displayed throughout Audi Field and all of the team's marketing and media assets. The sponsorship will also enable both Leidos and D.C. United to continue engaging the community and charitable partners through events like Armed Forces Week, a custom program aimed at thanking military members and veterans for their service.
"Leidos is pleased to extend our relationship with D.C. United as enthusiasm for soccer in the U.S. continues to grow," said Leidos Senior Vice President Melissa Koskovich. "We look forward to strengthening our partnership with the team, and leveraging our sponsorship for branding, recruiting, and engagement activities at Audi Field and other venues."
Leidos has been an integral partner for D.C. United as they entered a new chapter at the club with the opening of their new soccer-specific stadium at Audi Field in July 2018 and the arrival of international soccer icon, Wayne Rooney. With the opening of Segra Field for the Black-and-Red's new USL Championship affiliate, Loudoun United FC, and the scheduled opening of D.C. United's new training facility in Leesburg, Va., in Fall 2020, D.C. United and Leidos will have additional touchpoints to engage with local communities and fans.
"We are excited to continue our partnership with Leidos for the years ahead," Jason Levien, D.C. United Co-Chairman & CEO, said. "We formed our partnership seven seasons ago, and it has been a terrific relationship. We're looking forward to our next chapter together."
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