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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.

11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan

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11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan

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In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan and takes you through the biggest sports business stories of the week.

LISTEN TO THE FULL PODCAST HERE

1. Kansas City, here we come. Our “Power of Sports” program heads to Kansas City this month, highlighting community outreach programs, culturally significant sites, and people who have made a difference through sports. This month, host Rick Horrow visits the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to speak with President Bob Kendrick about the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Negro Leagues coming up next year and the museum’s role in the celebration and in the community. He also checks in on two of the Kansas City Royals’ youth outreach programs: Royalty Fields grants and a recurring Special Olympics clinic, and hears from James McGinnis, a high school football player from the KC Metro, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and used the Chiefs’ success last season to motivate his recovery. Our Game Changer segment features an interview with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue filmed in early October at a Sport Business Handbook contributor symposium hosted by EVERFI at their Washington, DC headquarters.

 

2. The Orlando Magic have "filed an updated master plan” for their downtown Orlando Sports + Entertainment District that is “expected to more than double” the original $200 million project budget. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the mixed-use district will be built “starting next year on 8.4 acres across from Amway Center.” Magic Chief Communications Officer Joel Glass said the project will now cost “well over” $500 million. The district will “contain nearly 110,000 square feet of retail space, a conference center hotel with 80,000 square feet of event space, offices, apartments and a 2,500-space parking garage.” The updated plan maintains the original concept from 2018 but “increases the number of hotel rooms by 50 and more than doubles the amount of office space from the original 200,000 square feet to 420,000 square feet.” District Director Pat Gallagher said that the office tower “would now rise to 18 stories, which includes the ground-floor retail, multilevel parking structure and commercial office space.” The Sentinel notes the Magic’s new headquarters “would occupy 40,000 square feet in the office tower,” or close to 10%.

 

3. Unsung World Series winner this year:  Palm Beach County, FL.  The most publicized “first” this year involves the visiting team winning every World Series game.  However, maybe one of the most important economic “firsts” is the first time the World Series finalists shared a Spring Training facility:  the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  The 7,700-seat stadium also features six practice fields each for the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros.  The 160-acre site also includes a 1.8-mile public walk trail and other facilities.  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission touts the facility as a major economic generator for the county, as it also hosts over 1,400 youth and tournament baseball games each year.  Look for a series of major announcements by the county and sports commission over the next two months.

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

With playoffs on the line, the Washington Spirit hosts the NC Courage in a must-win regular-season home finale Saturday night.

NC Courage sits high atop their first-place throne with an icy six-win streak, 14-4--4 record overall leading the NWSL with 46 points, 31 goal differential, 50 goals for and 19 goals against. The struggling Spirit, with one win, one loss and three draws in their past five matches, need to find a way to crack the Courage and tack on another win to keep postseason hopes alive.

Mallory Pugh has made strong moves for the Spirit since returning from injury and will be a key player to breakthrough the Courage defense with nine clean sheets (just one more than Washington) and averaging 0.9 goals allowed per game.

The Spirit cannot afford to lose this game if they want to snag a playoff spot, and that chase continues in Maryland.

SPIRIT-COURAGE GAME: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Spirit vs. NC Courage

Where: Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

When: Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington 

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