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Washington Spirit Head Coach Richie Burke reminisces on childhood as Liverpool FC fan and love for soccer

Washington Spirit Head Coach Richie Burke reminisces on childhood as Liverpool FC fan and love for soccer

In part two of an interview with NBC Sports Washington, the Washington Spirit’s head coach Richie Burke reminisced about his childhood growing up in Liverpool as a passionate Liverpool FC super fan. 

Burke explained how attending each game as a child with his father developed his love for Liverpool FC and for soccer. 

“I used to know the names of the team. I used to name them right off the top of my tongue, I knew the starting eleven, I used to watch it and loved it,” Burke expressed. 

He also shared the impact that the atmosphere had on him, especially when the Liverpool fans would sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” 

“For me as a kid, you could imagine I’m just looking and there are 26,000 people and all of these scarves up in the air. It was really impactful.” 

At the age of 15, Burke signed with Liverpool FC to play for their boys academy team. He said that after being a professional player his goal was always to pursue a coaching career. 

The Washington Spirit will hit the road to face off against Sky Blue FC for their fourth match of the season. This will be the second time that Washington is competing against Sky Blue this season. In the previous match, the Spirit defeated Sky Blue 2-0. Washington Spirit defenders Sam Staab and Megan Crosson were key contributors to the Spirit’s success, scoring goals in 59th and 90+2 minutes.

Washington is looking to secure another three points against Sky Blue on Saturday in hopes to rise up to 3rd place on the table. Sky Blue is also looking to collect three points in addition to their first win of the season. 

Last Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex, the Washington Spirit and Reign FC played to a scoreless draw. Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe dominated collecting six saves going into halftime. In the second half, she picked up three, finishing with a total of nine saves. 

Following her strong performance, Bledsoe was named the NWSL Player of the Week for Week 4 by the NWSL Media Association.

This weekends match will take place at the Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted live on NBC Sports Washington. 

Mallory Pugh, Rose Lavelle return to Spirit (but Lavelle may not play) Saturday

Mallory Pugh, Rose Lavelle return to Spirit (but Lavelle may not play) Saturday

Barely two weeks removed from their Women's World Cup Championship victory, U.S. Women's National Team youngsters Rose Lavelle and Malory Pugh will return for the Washington Spirits' matchup against the Houston Dash on Saturday, though Lavelle may not play according to the Washington Post's Steven Goff

Pugh scored once and had one assist in the World Cup, while Lavelle notched three goals, including the game-securing goal in the World Cup final. The pair, along with the rest of the USWNT, partied hard after their gold medal win, but now will rejoin their club team. 

Lavelle is still working back from a hamstring injury that almost kept the midfielder out of the World Cup. She is unlikely to play on Saturday, but will be in attendance to greet fans and sign autographs. 

Fans can watch the Spirit and the Dash face off Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. 

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Rose Lavelle, Megan Rapinoe and USWNT continue World Cup celebration in LA

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Rose Lavelle, Megan Rapinoe and USWNT continue World Cup celebration in LA

The US Women's National Team's celebration hasn't stopped. 

Washington Spirit players Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh traveled with their teammates to Los Angeles for the ESPY awards - and a special salute from LeBron James and Maverick Carter at an afterparty, according to footage posted on social media.

Pugh posted a photo with Lavelle from the awards show, where the team received the award for "Best Team."

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Alex Morgan also won "best female athlete" at the awards show.

So when will the celebration end? If Lavelle's Instagram caption is any clue ... never.

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celebrating 4ever

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