When we look back on the 2020 Season, it’s easy to think that this wasn’t the finish we wanted or the end we felt we all deserved. It’s easy to focus on the negatives and look past the positives.
When the 2020 Season kicked off, we had plenty of reasons to be optimistic. A strong finish to the 2019 Season and a solid retention of core talent looked to be the recipe for, at the very least, a first playoff birth for the club. But the world had a different plan. COVID didn’t make anything easier, that’s for sure. It’s not easy gathering crowds of fans together when organized groups aren’t allowed. It’s not easy motivating groups of people to show up to a stadium when they’re still afraid of a virus that’s spread worldwide.
But when we look back, we choose to remember the good things that came out of the 2020 Season. We remember a massive road trip contingent back in March to Philadelphia that overwhelmed the home crowd. We remember raising money for local food pantries during the lockdown. We remember the first major sporting event in Northern Virginia & DC with a crowd since the pandemic restart. We remember the launch of the first Loudoun United specific podcast. We remember watching last years’ stars (@griffinyow, @m.nyeman, and @kparedes_7) becoming this years stars up in DC. @kairou_9_’s speed and @bdubs_19’s ball-skills. Simon Lefebvre’s stopping power and @casorto_’s cuts. And of course we remember seeing off our wonderful captain and leader, @peabito.
2020 wasn’t easy but there was still so much that made it memorable. Thank you all for helping bring light to the game and to SEGRA Field when it seemed like there was only darkness. Thanks for the continued support, love, and passion and we hope to have even more of it to give when all is said and done and we’re getting ready to kick the 2021 Season off.
Stampede On. Stampede Strong.