Comment and Analysis
MLS commissioner Don Garber and Mayor Muriel Bowser were among the guests as the club formally broke ground on its 20,000-seat venue.
After missing the postseason in 2016, Caleb Porter's side will look a few key additions to right the ship in 2017.
Following a disappointing 2016, the Earthquakes retooled their attack and center backs in hopes of finally returning to the MLS postseason.
The Columbus Crew enter the new season with a retooled roster after following up their conference title in 2015 with a lackluster campaign last year.