Volkswagen has signed a football shirt sponsorship deal with D.C. United that will deliver as much as $3.7 million annually to the American football club, making it the second-largest shirt sponsorship deal in league history. The deal is expected to be announced this week, according to the Sports Business Journal, a sister publication of the Washington Business Journal.
The deal also makes Volkswagen the official automotive partner of Major League Soccer for an additional $1 million to $2 million annually. Officials with MLS declined to comment. MLS has been without a major auto sponsor since Honda ended its relationship with the league last year.
It's not official yet, but a D.C. United player was seen Tuesday inside RFK Stadium wearing a team jersey bearing a Volkswagen logo, which could mean the club completed the major sponsorship deal with the German auto manufacturer.