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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 […]

Washington Spirit Add Another World Cup Champion in Emily Sonnett

Sonnett, 27, will be reunited with Kelley O'Hara, her World Cup teammate and fellow Georgia native.

Just a few weeks after the Washington Spirit added World Cup champion Kelley O’Hara to their roster, the team has traded for another in defender Emily Sonnett, according to a source with knowledge of the trade. The Spirit will trade its No. 9 pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft, its 2023 first round pick, midfielder […]

World Cup Champion Kelley O’Hara Makes D.C. Her Home

"Since moving here, I've loved every second of it. I love the city. Love the energy it brings. Love what it has to offer."

World Cup champion Kelley O’Hara is home. Well, sort of. Last year, O’Hara, a star on the U.S. Women’s National Team, moved to the area during the National Women’s Soccer League offseason while competing for Utah Royals FC. (The Royals have since been dissolved and relocated to Kansas City.) And after months of negotiations, the […]

Washington Spirit’s Aubrey Bledsoe Excels in the NWSL. Her Next Goal: Being a National Team Mainstay

"There's still work to be done, and it's not enough just getting invited."

In the 87th minute of a tied NWSL Fall Series match on Sept. 12, the Washington Spirit appeared to be in trouble. The Chicago Red Stars charged down the field and forward Kealia Watt sent a left foot strike above the outstretched hand of Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe. The ball ricocheted off the horizontal crossbar, […]

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 […]

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