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 […]

Russell Westbrook Sets Another Triple-Double Record

"What he does, there's no point guard has ever done it."

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is running out of ways to describe his admiration for Russell Westbrook. The two met early in their careers, when Brooks coached and Westbrook played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and still maintain a close friendship. Throughout this season, Brooks has defended and praised his point guard to anyone who […]

Catchers Yan Gomes and Alex Avila Have Been Critical to the Nationals’ Improved Defense

Gomes and Avila’s defense behind the plate and inning-by-inning guidance of pitchers limit opponents’ scoring opportunities.

After finishing at the bottom of the National League East division last year, the Nationals knew something had to change, and improving defense became a priority. In 2020, they were dead last in defensive runs saved—a statistic that, according to MLB, “quantifies a player’s entire defensive performance by attempting to measure how many runs a […]

Capitals Fans Return to Capital One Arena After More Than a Year Away

“It’s pretty emotional. I just walked in and almost teared up when I saw the ice for the first time.”

It started with ghosts at first. Ninety minutes before the puck dropped in the first Washington Capitals home game in more than a year played in front of fans at Capital One Arena, the production crew began testing the pumped-in crowd noise that has become ubiquitous in NHL broadcasts. But as the 2,100 fans began […]

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 […]

Wizards Beat Warriors on ‘Fans Opening Night’ for Sixth Straight Win

With the 118-114 victory, the Wizards currently own the final spot in the play-in tournament, but may also be without Deni Avdija after the rookie injured his ankle.

A small semblance of normalcy returned to Capital One Arena on Wednesday night. The Washington Wizards dance cam made its season debut. People other than the players on the court wore NBA jerseys. Four fans held up a banner welcoming Russell Westbrook to a team that he joined four months ago. Bradley Beal, who is […]

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. […]

Wizards and Capitals Prepare to Welcome Fans Back to Capital One Arena

Several major policy changes have been implemented and capacity is capped at 2,100 fans per game.

Monica Dixon, the president and chief administrative officer of external affairs at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, figured the organization’s attempt to host fans at Capital One Arena this season was over. The D.C. government did not grant a waiver to allow the indoor arena to host fans like it did for Nationals Park and Audi […]

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 […]


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