Former MLS Player Amir Lowery Begins His Political Career With an Uphill Battle

The D.C. native is one of eight challengers taking on D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

In many ways, the journey from sports to politics was a natural transition for Amir Lowery. A D.C. native, Lowery came up through the local youth soccer scene and emerged as a top prospect, first attending Wake Forest University before embarking on an eight-year pro career that included time in Major League Soccer and with […]

How the Mystics’ Natasha Cloud Got Involved With the NWSL’s Racial Justice Efforts

"It's beautiful to see all athletes of all backgrounds and everything coming together."

On Thursday, Mystics point guard Natasha Cloud received a text from U.S. women’s national soccer team and North Carolina Courage forward Crystal Dunn with a request. Dunn wanted about 40 T-shirts made to illustrate the NWSL players’ support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and she needed them in time for the NWSL Fall Series […]

D.C. United’s Neighbors Blast Team’s Plan to Host Fans at Audi Field

“I don’t see it as a benefit to the neighborhood at all. I see it wholeheartedly as a benefit to D.C. United.”

Update 8/8: D.C. United announced Saturday that it will play three home games in August and September at Audi Field with no fans present. Six additional home games will be announced at a later date, which could still include fans. Last month, D.C. United dispatched its chief legal counsel to an Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting with […]

Two Years After Audi Field Accident, Lindsay Simpson Wants to Help Others Suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries

"I really turned the page and started seeing July 14 not as the worst day of my life, but as my second birthday."

For months leading up to July 14, Lindsay Simpson was filled with dread. That date marked the two-year anniversary of what she simply refers to as “the accident,” when part of a railing became dislodged and struck her from above as she prepared for a pregame show during the opening of D.C. United’s newly constructed […]

D.C. Officials Want the City to Co-Host the 2026 World Cup. Would It Be Worth It?

There are promises of a jobs and tourism boost, but many World Cups have been money-losing propositions for host countries and cities.

As the lived experiences of countries that have played host to the World Cup have shown, securing the rights to host the event isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But D.C. is convinced that it won’t land in the category of cities who have regretted hosting the event. That much is clear from its […]

Washington Spirit Must Balance Continuity and Development at NWSL Challenge Cup

Of the 26 players in Utah for the tournament, half are new to the team.

Reducing a full season to a month-long tournament creates a number of difficult situations and impossible choices for any team, let alone one whose roster is filled with new players. That’s the scenario that Washington Spirit head coach Richie Burke must navigate ahead of the NWSL Challenge Cup, which his side kicks off on Saturday […]

The Spirit Prepares for a Tournament of Promise and Risk

The NWSL will become the first major American sports league to resume after the coronavirus shutdown in March.

The National Women’s Soccer League is closing in on a significant, albeit precarious milestone. On June 27, the NWSL will become the first major American sports league to resume after the coronavirus shutdown in March. It will be a moment full of promise, but not without risk. With the stage all to itself—at least for […]

Washington Spirit Rookie Kaiya McCullough’s Life as an Activist

Kaiya McCullough has decried systemic racism for years. The Washington Spirit rookie won’t let her career interfere with her protests.

Kaiya McCullough lets out a heavy sigh. In the nights following the protests against racism and police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd, McCullough cried herself to sleep and mental images of the protests jolted her awake. Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, was killed while in police custody on May 25, after […]

Home Gym: How to Work Out Like a Washington Spirit Player

The warmup is more comprehensive than any of my workouts.

Home Gym is a series by City Paper writers looking at the different ways D.C. is working out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay updated on our coverage of the global health crisis, and visit the CDC website for information on how to practice safe habits during this time. Earlier this month, I wrote about how Washington Spirit players have been passing […]

With Future Unclear, Washington Spirit Players Get Creative

“It started off cool, but now I’m just in a weird place in my life.”

The living room inside the Rockville apartment that Ashley Sanchez shares with fellow Washington Spirit rookies Averie Collins and Natalie Jacobs doesn’t resemble a gym. Not in any traditional sense, at least. But for the past two weeks, that’s exactly what it has been. Sanchez and her teammates pushed the furniture back to the walls […]


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