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D.C. United extends Leidos sponsorship through 2018 season

The Black-and-Red will have the government contractor on the front of their shirts for awhile.

Steven Goff reports that D.C. United and its current jersey sponsor Leidos have agreed to extend their sponsorship on the team's jersey for two more years. Originally expiring at the end of this season, the team and Leidos have apparently agreed to a two-year extension through the 2018 season, which would be the first year of the team being in their Buzzard Point home.

Terms of the extension will likely not be made public when the deal is officially announced, just as they were hard to find when the two parties agreed to a sponsorship back in 2014. For comparison purposes, the Chicago Fire signed a sponsorship deal with Valspar believed to be between $2.5 and $3 million per year. The San Jose Earthquakes new sponsor, Sutter Health, signed a deal last month where terms are not available but put them within the Top 5 deals in the League as far as total money. Where the first agreement did not include naming rights to Buzzard Point, Leidos may have a shot at it now because of their increased contribution to the team, but that is purely speculative.

Either way (and as always), it's encouraging to see this stability done early in the process, and nice to see things continue to progress stadium wise and other wise towards Buzzard Point.