Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company based in Reston, announced Monday that it is the official sponsor of Major League Soccer’s D.C. United team.
Leidos split from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and is a top employer in the area with more than 6,000 employees in the national capital region.
“We are extremely excited for the opportunity to partner with such an innovative company that recognizes the value of our sport and our brand, both here and around the world,” said Jason Levien, managing partner for D.C. United. “We look forward to many successful years working together to help accomplish each other’s goals. We thank Leidos and their 23,000 global employees for their support and friendship.”
As presenting partner under the multi-year agreement, Leidos is the exclusive jersey sponsor for D.C. United. The company’s logo will be prominently featured on the front of the team’s jerseys, displayed throughout the stadium and all of the team’s marketing and media properties. The sponsorship will also enable Leidos and D.C. United to engage the community and charitable partners through events, including Armed Forces Week activities and other custom programs that will be developed throughout the partnership.
“Soccer is a growing, global sport and we are a growing company with our eyes on the future,” said John Jumper, Leidos chief executive officer and board chairman. “This sponsorship will help enable us to get exposure not only locally, but throughout the country and internationally.”
MLS’ fan base, according to Forbes, is the fastest growing of any sport, outpacing all others in the ten year periods from 2001 to 2011 and 2002 to 2012.