Long term, Libber has some bigger ideas. Namely, he wants to attract sports beyond soccer like flag football, rugby and Ultimate Frisbee. The ‘plex already hosts one-offs of some of untraditional sports, but Libber aims to make them consistent presences via youth tournaments.
“From a soccer standout, it is well known,” he says of SoccerPlex. “Outside soccer, I don’t know how well known it is. That’s something I want to change.”
There will be a learning curve, particularly on a rights holders’ perspective. Germantown can easily be described as part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region or as a suburban destination.
Teams won’t be able to walk to the National Mall from SoccerPlex, but are less than an hour’s drive to excursions in the nation’s capital.
Of course, soccer will remain the site’s bread and butter. Some of Libber’s competitors while he was with Elite are now valuable partners. And with a 2,000-person soccer academy on site, SoccerPlex is a natural fit for training camps and events.
It will be a mix of the old and new for Libber. One thing is certain, he’s not looking to make another move for a long while.
“Packing up an office after 19 years took a long time,” he says.