D.C. United have proudly announced that they have received permission to advance with the building of a brand new 20,000-25,000 seater stadium in the south-west region of the US capital.

Since the formation of the franchise in 1996, DC have played their home matches at the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, which wasn't initially designed for soccer when it was built in the early 1960's.

But now supporters and players alike will have their own sanctuary, which will be located near the Fort McNair Army Base in Washington D.C.

Via a club statement, DC United managing director Jason Levien explained: "We are proud to say that D.C. United has achieved a major milestone towards establishing a permanent, state-of-the-art home in Washington, D.C. 

"This is a significant step forward, and we are going to continue to work diligently and collaboratively with the Mayor's office and the D.C. Council to expedite this process and make this stadium a reality."

As Levien mentioned, the club are working with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to build this $300m public-private stadium, which will hopefully be ready for use by 2016.

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