I am so excited because Spirit opening day is almost here!! Not even having to go into the office on a Friday can bring me down.
Washington Spirit kicks off 2023 season with enhanced match day experience (Washington Spirit)
To kick off their first full season at Audi Field, the Spirit have a slew of activities planned beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. I will definitely be arriving early to check out the Fan Fest and browse some cherry blossom merch.
Speaking of cherry blossom merch…
The Lewis O’Brien story: high praise, bad luck and a happy ending at D.C. United (The Athletic)
A profile of the Black-and-Red’s newest player.
Soccer star Ali Krieger announces retirement (CBS Sports)
Gotham FC defender and two-time World Cup champion with the USWNT Ali Krieger has announced she will retire at the end of this NWSL season. Krieger, also a former Washington Spirit player, said she hopes to help Gotham win the league Championship this year, which seems like a bit of a stretch goal to me. For those who’d like to see Krieger play in person before her retirement: Gotham play in DC on Sunday, May 28 and Friday, July 28.
Harry Kane overtakes Wayne Rooney to become England’s all-time leading goalscorer (ESPN)
Kane topped Rooney’s record of 53 international goals via a penalty kick in yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Italy in a European Championship qualifier.
NWSL players unhappy over FIFA video game likenesses and abilities (CNN)
The NWSL to FIFA 23 rollout hasn’t gone quite as smoothly as promised. Bald Kailen Sheridan is just one unfortunate example:
DC’s shoe? An oral history of the District’s obsession with New Balance (DCist)
Sneakers are sports, right? I had no idea that New Balance shoes were a DC thing, so I thought this was interesting.
Here’s this weekend’s schedule for our Audi and Segra teams:
|D.C. United vs. New England Revolution||Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.||Audi Field||Apple TV|
|Loudoun United FC vs. FC Tulsa||Saturday, March 25 at 8:30 p.m.||ONEOK Field||ESPN+|
|Washington Spirit vs. OL Reign||Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m.||Audi Field||Paramount+|
|Old Glory DC vs. NOLA Gold||Saturday, March 25 at 3 p.m.||Segra Field||The Rugby Network|
|DC Defenders vs. Houston Roughnecks||Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m.||Audi Field||ESPN2/ESPN+|
That’s all I have for now. Hope to see some of you at Buzzard Point this weekend!