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Washington D.C.'s best English Premier League soccer bars

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Washington D.C.'s best English Premier League soccer bars

A loyal Arsenal Gunner? Wear the red of Manchester United or the blue of Manchester City? No matter which Premier League club you support, there's a spot in the Washington, D.C. area for you.

Best D.C. bars for Arsenal

Lucky Bar 

  • Address: 1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Phone: (202) 331-3733
  • Website: http://www.luckybardc.com/
  • Specials: Happy Hour from 3-8 p.m., Monday-Wednesday and Friday. $3.50 pints, $4 rail drinks, and $5 local craft beers
  • Supporters' Groups: D.C. Armoury 
     

Ireland’s Four Courts

  • Address: 2051 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201 
  • Phone: (703) 525-3600
  • Website: https://www.irelandsfourcourts.com/
  • Specials: Sunday Buffet Brunch 10 a.m.-1.45 p.m.
  • Supporters' Group: Arlington Gooners 
     

Best D.C. bar for Aston Villa

The Queen Vic

  • Address: 1206 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
  • Phone: (202) 396-2001
  • Website: https://www.thequeenvicdc.com/
  • Specials: Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Supporters' Group: Capitals Villans
     

Best D.C. bar for Chelsea

Ireland’s Four Courts

  • Address: 2051 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201 
  • Phone: (703) 525-3600
  • Website: https://www.irelandsfourcourts.com/
  • Specials: Sunday Buffet Brunch 10 a.m.-1.45 p.m.
  • Supporters' Group: Beltway Blues
     

Best D.C. bar for Everton

Fado's Irish Pub

  • Address: 808 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
  • Phone: (202) 789-0066
  • Website: https://fadoirishpub.com/washington/
  • Specials: Fado Fridays - BOGO Fish & Chips until 4 p.m., Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. ($5 Beer of the Month, $7 Premium Wine, $8 Signature Cocktails, and $6 Snacks), Power Hour 7-8 p.m, Irish Power Hour from 10-11 p.m. ($5 Guinness, Smithwick’s, Harp & Jameson)
  • Supporters' Group: DC Toffees 
     

Best D.C. bar for Liverpool

The Queen Vic

  • Address: 1206 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
  • Phone: (202) 396-2001
  • Website: https://www.thequeenvicdc.com/
  • Specials: Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Supporters' Group: LFCDC 
     

Best D.C. bar for Manchester City

Lucky Bar 

  • Address: 1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Phone: (202) 331-3733
  • Website: http://www.luckybardc.com/
  • Specials: Happy Hour from 3-8 p.m., Monday-Wednesday and Friday. $3.50 pints, $4 rail drinks, and $5 local craft beers
  • Supporters' Group: Capital City Blues
     

Best D.C. bar for Manchester United

Lucky Bar 

  • Address: 1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Phone: (202) 331-3733
  • Website: http://www.luckybardc.com/
  • Specials: Happy Hour from 3-8 p.m., Monday-Wednesday and Friday. $3.50 pints, $4 rail drinks, and $5 local craft beers
  • Supporters' Group: Red Devils DC
     

Best D.C. bar for Tottenham Hotspur

Irish Channel Pub

  • Address: 500 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
  • Phone: (202) 216-0046
  • Website: http://irishchanneldc.com/
  • Specials: Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. weekdays, open early for every Spurs Premier League game
  • Supporters' Group: DC Spurs
     

Ireland’s Four Courts

  • Address: 2051 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201 
  • Phone: (703) 525-3600
  • Website: https://www.irelandsfourcourts.com/
  • Specials: Sunday Buffet Brunch 10 a.m.-1.45 p.m.
  • Supporters' Group: Arlington Spurs 
     

Best D.C. bar for West Ham

The Queen Vic

  • Address: 1206 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
  • Phone: (202) 396-2001
  • Website: https://www.thequeenvicdc.com/
  • Specials: Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Supporters' Group: D.C. Hammers
     

Fado's Irish Pub

  • Address: 808 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
  • Phone: (202) 789-0066
  • Website: https://fadoirishpub.com/washington/
  • Specials: Fado Fridays - BOGO Fish & Chips until 4 p.m., Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. ($5 Beer of the Month, $7 Premium Wine, $8 Signature Cocktails, and $6 Snacks), Power Hour 7-8 p.m, Irish Power Hour from 10-11 p.m. ($5 Guinness, Smithwick’s, Harp & Jameson)
  • Supporters' Group: DC Irons 

Washington Spirit trade USWNT forward Mallory Pugh for draft picks

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Washington Spirit trade USWNT forward Mallory Pugh for draft picks

The Washington Spirit traded U.S. Women's National Team forward Mallory Pugh to Sky Blue FC on Thursday.

In the deal, the Spirit received the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday's NWSL draft, which they used to select UCLA junior forward Ashley Sanchez. The Spirit also acquired the No. 4 and No. 8 picks of the second round and a 2021 first-rounder.

Washington initially announced that the trade was for a "player to be named later." A post on the team's Twitter account thanking Pugh eventually confirmed the news.

"Thank you @MalPugh for everything you have done for the club and this city. Best of luck with @SkyBlueFC," read the tweet.

Pugh, 21, played in 19 games with seven starts for the U.S. national team in 2019, and her six goals tied for fifth on the team. She made three appearances and scored one goal with one assist as the U.S. claimed gold in the World Cup. She had 10 goals and four assists in three seasons with the Spirit.

Like Pugh, Sanchez is also a member of the USWNT program. After being selected on Thursday, she said the process of turning pro was stressful.

"It was a little stressful, but I'm just really excited," Sanchez said. "This is what I've always dreamed about. And to be at a team like Washington, it's really humbling."

Sanchez led UCLA with 15 assists in the 2019 season, tying her own school single-season record from the previous season, and she was second on the team with seven goals. Sanchez is UCLA’s all-time assists leader with 42 and was a 2018 first-team All-American.

"Ashley is one of the most dynamic players to ever play at UCLA," said UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell. "It's remarkable that she broke our career assists record as a junior. We know Ashley's success as a Bruin will help her in her endeavors as a professional and national team member. We are excited for her future and wish her the best of luck."

In the second round, the Spirit drafted USC's Natalie Jacobs and Washington State's Averie Collins. They drafted Kansas' Katie McClure in the third round and Sanchez's UCLA teammate Kaiya McCullough in the fourth.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric could be headed to D.C. United , per report

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Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric could be headed to D.C. United , per report

Former D.C. United striker Wayne Rooney returned to England earlier this month, but another European soccer star could be headed to D.C. this summer.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric could be headed to D.C. United as early as the 2020 summer, according to The Athletic.

The two sides met first following the end of United's 2019 season and Modric is very open to the idea of moving stateside, according to the report. 

Modric, 34, is widely considered one of the best midfielders of all-time. Modric led Croatia to the World Cup final in 2018, earning the Golden Ball, given to the best player in the tournament. He won the Ballon d'Or in 2018 as well, given to the best player that year, both club and international.

The midfielder arrived in Spain's capital in 2012 and has been a staple in Real Madrid's lineup since. Modric has scored 15 goals in 214 appearances with Madrid and 16 goals in 127 appearances with Croatia. The 2019-20 season has been the first time Modric hasn't been an every match starter, as he's been splitting time with 21-year-old Fred Valverde. 

Should he join United, Modric would immediately be the team's best player and likely the best player in all of Major League Soccer. Buckle up, folks.