Meet the Washington Spirit’s Newest Investor: Alex Ovechkin

"I hope I'm going to help this community to grow," says the Capitals superstar and Stanley Cup champion.

Alex Ovechkin has been surrounded by elite athletes all of his life. His father, Mikhail, signed a contract to play professional soccer but an injury ended his career when he was 17, according to the Washington Post. Ovechkin’s mother, Tatyana, reached even greater athletic heights, winning two Olympic gold medals in basketball with the Soviet […]

Washington Spirit Finishes NWSL Challenge Cup With a Draw Against NJ/NY Gotham FC

"We are good, but we are way better than what we're showing right now."

The Washington Spirit had multiple scoring opportunities early in the second half of its match against NJ/NY Gotham FC at Audi Field Tuesday night. Spirit captain Andi Sullivan went on the attack in the 49th minute and had a shot attempt blocked after a pass from rookie Trinity Rodman. Seconds later, forward Ashley Hatch kept […]

Hernán Losada Brings a High-Risk, High-Reward System to D.C. United

Losada’s style of play requires an exceptionally high level of physical fitness and complete buy-in from players.

D.C. United doesn’t have the most talented or expensive roster in Major League Soccer, and new head coach Hernán Losada knows it. But his ferocious, uptempo style is designed to level the playing field. It could end up paying dividends in a major way, like it did in the team’s opener on Saturday, April 17. […]

D.C. United Starts the Hernán Losada Era With a Win

Losada's uptempo system resulted in a 2-1 win over New York City FC in D.C. United's home opener at Audi Field.

D.C. United midfielder Russell Canouse began his post-game press conference with an apology of sorts. “Sorry, I’m still catching my breath,” he said with a laugh. “Ran a lot.” The players will need to get used to that. During the offseason, D.C. United hired Hernán Losada to replace longtime coach Ben Olsen. The 38-year-old Argentina […]

Washington Football Team President Jason Wright Has a Passion for Soccer

Several big names, including Wright and Olympic champion Dominique Dawes, watched the Spirit beat Racing Louisville FC, 1-0, at Audi Field.

Jason Wright loves football. American football, obviously. But he loves the game much of the rest of the world calls football, as well. His 7-year-old son plays soccer, his 10-year-old daughter is a Manchester United supporter (“She likes Paul Pogba,” Wright explains), and he had D.C. United season tickets prior to the pandemic. He’s also […]

Trinity Rodman Is Quickly Making an Impact for the Washington Spirit

"We have an 18-year-old kid who's got a very popular last name who’s becoming better and better every time she plays for us."

The spotlight tends to follow Trinity Rodman. With her famous last name and skills on the soccer field, the 18-year-old Washington Spirit rookie receives outsized attention compared to most players her age. After the Spirit’s 3-2 loss to the North Carolina Courage on Saturday in the NWSL Challenge Cup, the focus on Rodman will only […]

Washington Spirit Will Host Fans at Segra Field in April

A team spokesperson tells City Paper the team will allow "a maximum of 1,000 people" for each match.

More than a year ago, the Washington Spirit prepared to make Segra Field in Leesburg, a 5,000-person capacity soccer stadium in Loudoun County, one of its home fields. The idea was to expand the Spirit’s fanbase with the hope of eventually moving the majority, if not all, of their matches to the 20,000-person capacity Audi […]

From Olympic Champ to NWSL Investor: Briana Scurry Continues to Be a Pioneer

Scurry and her wife were the first people to join the Washington Spirit investor group that soon grew to include two former first daughters.

Never doubt Briana Scurry and her ability to lead the way. The 49-year-old Olympic champion made history as one of the first Black professional female soccer players in the United States and was the starting goalkeeper on the legendary U.S. women’s national team that won the 1999 Women’s World Cup. In 2017, Scurry became the […]

The Washington Spirit’s Trinity Rodman Is Excited to Pave Her Own Path

"I'm excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just Dennis Rodman's daughter."

After the Washington Spirit took her second overall in Wednesday night’s NWSL draft, Trinity Rodman was, naturally, asked about the influence of her famous father.  When you’re the daughter of Dennis Rodman, and a newly minted professional athlete, that line of questioning is inevitable. But Rodman didn’t want to talk much about the former NBA […]

The Year 2020 in Sports

If 2019 was the year that D.C. became a bona fide championship sports city, then 2020 was the year of countless “what ifs.”

On March 8, the University of Maryland men’s basketball team beat Michigan, 87-70, in front of a capacity crowd at Xfinity Center to win a share of the Big Ten regular season title. Afterward, hundreds of fans packed the court, standing shoulder to shoulder, to celebrate with coach Mark Turgeon and his players. Turgeon was […]

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