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Redskins roll out new menu items at FedEx Field for 2019 season

Redskins roll out new menu items at FedEx Field for 2019 season

FedEx Field is rolling out a new menu full of tasty treats for the 2019 season. The squad at NBC Sports Washington tried every option to give you recommendations just in time for Redskins game day.

Ooey Gooey Grilled Cheese
Choose from three different types of grilled cheese. Of course, there's the original, but it gets better. The Brisket Grilled Cheese is made on buttery Texas toast with smoked beef brisket and four different types of cheese. The Red Dragon is a combo of Dubliner Irish cheddar, red dragon cheddar, Alpine Swiss with a shallot and leek mixture on sourdough bread. And, of course, the original grilled cheese 

Ben's Chili Vegan Hot Dog
Ben's Chili Bowl is a D.C. staple, so you can't go wrong here. This vegan hot dog with veggie chili sauce has just the right kick to it. You won't even notice it's not beef.

Funnel Fries
Need dessert? These "boardwalk fries" are made with funnel cake batter. They're crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside and will give you that sweet summertime feeling in the middle of fall.

Craft cocktails and beers
Wash down those funnel fries with some Burgundy Crush, the Redskins' signature sangria. It's hand-made with oranges, blueberries and more fresh fruit and is probably the most refreshing drink you'll ever taste in your life. If sangria's not your thing, try one of the local beers: Flying Dog, Devils Backbone, Elder Pine and Port City.

Chicken Tenders by the Chicken Guy
Guy Fieri always brings the fire, but the Redskins are taking his chicken tenders to another level. TWENTY-TWO (22!) different dipping sauces are available. From Lemon Pepper to Wasabi Honey to Brown Sugar BBQ, there's no doubt you'll find one to satisfy your craving. Or you can go crazy and try 'em all.

Territory Foods
For all the health nuts out there, Territory Foods is here to help. The meal-prep company is bring four options to FedEx Field: Buffalo chicken with cumin carrot salad, Tagine chicken salad with peppercorn dressing, country chicken salad with crumbled bacon and sweet potato croquettes with black bean and corn salad. All options are free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar, so they're keto and Whole 30-friendly.

Paisano's Pizza
Pizza is back and better than ever. This year, get pizza delivered to your SEAT. That's right, you don't even have to move to get a cheesy slice of goodness, just hail down a pizza hawker strolling down the stadium aisles.

The Suite Life
It really is sweet. Chandon champagne plus a variety of cakes and ice creams are available on the suite level. 

 

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How to watch Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and more U.S. Women Soccer Team stars against the Spirit

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How to watch Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and more U.S. Women Soccer Team stars against the Spirit

The U.S. Women’s National Team reaffirmed its world dominance Sunday with a 2-0 win against the Netherlands in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. The victory gives the U.S. Women back-to-back world crowns and their fourth overall.

But the fun doesn’t have to end in France.

Eighteen members of the USWNT will be in the Washington, D.C. area this year to play for or against the Washington Spirit.

Here’s when and where you can watch the star players in the nation’s capital:

Rose Lavelle, Mallory Pugh

Lavelle and Pugh are members of the Washington Spirit, so folks in the DMV can catch this duo year-round. The squad’s next home match comes against the Houston Dash on Saturday, July 20 at the Maryland Soccerplex.

Lavelle gave American soccer fans a glimpse of the future with her swift footwork. In the semi-final against England, she nutmegged a defender. On Sunday, she clinched a USA victory with the team's second goal of the game. 

Lavelle scored three total goals in the tournament and ended up with the Bronze Ball, given to the tournament’s third-best player.

Pugh played in three matches this tournament, scoring a goal and an assist in the opening match against Thailand.

Julie Ertz, Morgan Brian, Tierna Davidson, Alyssa Naeher

The Chicago Red Stars is the home team for midfielders Julie Ertz and Morgan Brian, defender Tierna Davidson and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. The group visits the Spirit on Saturday, August 10 at the Maryland Soccerplex.

Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Christen Press

Forward Christen Press and defenders Becky Sauerbrunn and Kelly O’Hara play for the Utah Royals FC and will visit the Maryland Soccerplex on Wednesday, August 21.

Press scored the first goal of the semi-final match against England will filling in for an injured Megan Rapinoe. 

Sauerbrunn took toughness to another level during Sunday's final. In the 55th minute, she collided with a player from the Netherlands, and her head began to bleed. She left the field for two minutes and returned to the game with a bandage around her head.

Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger

USWNT co-captain Alex Morgan, defender and Virginia native Ali Krieger and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris play for the Orlando pride. They’ll visit the pitch at Audi Field on Saturday, August 24.

Morgan scored a goal to break an early tie in the World Cup semifinal against England, but her celebration afterward is what stole the show.

Morgan won the Silver Boot for scoring six goals and three assists in the tournament. 

Megan Rapinoe, Allie Long

USWNT Co-captain Megan Rapinoe and midfielder Allie Long play for the Reign FC in Tacoma, Wash. They take on the Spirit Saturday, September 14 at Audi Field.

Rapinoe made waves on and off the field in a war of words with President Donald Trump. In the final match against Netherlands, she scored the first goal the game to break a long stalemate and give the USA a 1-0 lead.

She took home plenty of hardware as winner of the Golden Globe award, given to the tournament’s best player. She also received the Golden Boot for her six goals and three assists. 

Abby Dalhkemper, Crystal Dunn, Jessica McDonald, Samantha Mewis

The North Carolina Courage is home to defenders Abby Dalhkemper and Crystal Dunn, forward Jessica McDonald and midfielder Samantha Mewis. They’ll play the Spirit on Saturday, September 28 at the Maryland Soccerplex.

For the Washington Spirit’s complete schedule, click here. The NWSL’s season continues though the fall and ends with a four-team playoff in October.

Paul Rabil brings lacrosse to DC with new league

Paul Rabil brings lacrosse to DC with new league

It started with a couple of childhood ventures around the neighborhood in Gaithersburg, MD.

“We used to set up lemonade stands when we were younger and we’d shovel snow off our neighbors’ driveways for 20 bucks a pop,” Paul Rabil says. “I think our Lebanese bloodline contributes to the entrepreneurship that we have.”

That same industrial spirit has given the United States its newest sports league.

Rabil, the professional lacrosse player who’s widely considered the best in the sport, just launched the Premier Lacrosse League (or PLL) with his older brother Mike.

This comes after an 11-year professional career with Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League. With the MLL, Rabil won two national championships and is the league's all-time leading scorer. In the winter indoor NLL, Rabil was selected to the All-Star game in all five seasons he played.

Now he’s competing with those leagues.

Rabil calls his entrepreneurial nature “innate.” But it’s also a necessity in a sport where the average salary ranges from $6,000 to $25,000. 

“Originally it was very part-time,” Rabil says. “You’re kinda thrown into the lion’s den to figure out ways to create additional revenue.” 

As co-founder and chief strategy officer of PLL, Rabil attends four or five meetings per day, in which he oversees media strategy, corporate partnerships and lacrosse play on the field.

And that’s after almost three hours of training and physical therapy in the morning.

Yup, Rabil plays in the PLL, too. 

“It’s difficult to operate this thing and play,” Rabil says. “More difficult than I had thought originally. But it’s also exhilarating.”

A midfielder for Atlas LC, Rabil starts his workday around 7:30 am. He doesn’t leave the office until 10 p.m.

Believe it or not, he does indeed sleep.

“I’ve struggled getting eight [hours of sleep], but I get a minimum of seven,” Rabil says with a laugh. “That’s been a target of mine.”

If he’s tired, he hides it well. The 33-year-old is on the field, shouting commands and rallying cries of “Let’s go! Let’s go!” to his teammates during Friday night’s weekly practice at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.

The PLL is unlike any other professional sports league in the country. 

The league’s six teams are not geographically-based and instead tour around the U.S. for 14 weekends. 

Players are mic'd up for in-game interviews, providing immediate reactions to goals and missed plays. 

The PLL more than doubled players’ salaries and gives them equity in the league.

And, it signed a media rights deal with NBC Sports.

Rabil – who has become known as the first “million-dollar man” in the sport – said these moves were table stakes. 

“We’re not building the Premier Lacrosse League in 1909,” he says. “We’re building it in 2019.”

While innovation is certainly involved, the reason for watching is much simpler: PLL has poached the best talent from other professional lacrosse leagues.

“It’s much different than perhaps other emerging leagues that don’t have best-in-class,” Rabil says. “People watch the NFL, the NBA, the NHL because they know they’re watching the best players in the world compete.”

It wasn’t hard to find his 140 players. In fact, there was so much interest in PLL, Rabil eventually had to cap off the number of athletes at tryouts. 

Bill Belichick watched from the sidelines during the league’s inaugural games at Gillette Stadium in Boston on June 1.

The New England Patriots coach is one of Rabil’s mentors, along with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. 

“Coach [Belichick] grew up playing lacrosse. He grew up in Annapolis and he loves the game,” Rabil says. “He’s tried to pull me away from my Redskins fandom over to the Patriots.”

The duo met when Rabil was a student at Johns Hopkins University in the mid-2000s. They discuss everything from competitive spirit in the NFL to the treatment of players and front office operations. 

“He’s one of the smartest minds, if not the sharpest, in sports history,” Rabil says.

Rabil’s novel ideas go beyond the play on the field: “Lax bro culture” is out the door.

“It’s something that I’ve always been up against,” he says. 

As a rookie and No. 1 draft pick in 2008, he didn’t like being perceived as a lax bro. He felt most consumers saw the part-time nature of the game as a reason to take it less seriously.

“It’s had its reputation tarnished over the last couple of decades,” Rabil says. “So what we’ve done out of the gates is, not only establish this cut-throat, serious, competitive, high-spirited atmosphere, but also tell the stories of our athletes, which is very diversified.”

Phasing out the lax bro stereotype goes deeper than personal pride. Rabil wants to pay tribute to the sport’s Native American roots.

“It’s not a white-collar, northeast preparatory school sport,” he says. “We see lacrosse being played all over the country now.”

Part of Rabil’s vision includes the PLL Assists program, the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit connected with the league. 

The charitable organization works with heritage programs in Washington, D.C. like the Tewaaraton Award, which is the annual award given to the best NCAA lacrosse player. “Tewaaraton” is the Mohawk name for the sport. 

Rabil also hopes to work directly with existing Native American reservations by helping with resources and sharing the members’ message. 

“History is super important because that’s a product of understanding how you got here,” Rabil says. “To pay the right homage to the history of the sport is, I think, bestowed upon any operating regime to do that well.”

Week 6 of the PLL’s 14-week tour kicks off at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

Saturday’s doubleheader starts with Redwoods LC taking on Archers LC at 5 p.m. Whipsnakes LC versus Atlas LC begins after the conclusion of the first game. Sunday’s matchup between Chaos LC and Chrome LC starts at 3 p.m.