Washington Spirit to Host NWSL Semi Final Friday, September 30
Opponent Remains TBD. Tickets Go On Sale Monday, September 19
Photo Credit: Tony Quinn/ISI Photos
Whether they finish the regular season in first or second place remains to be determined based on the final games of the regular season on September 24 and 25. Regardless, the Washington Spirit will host the first semifinal match of the 2016 NWSL Playoffs at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET against an opponent to-be-determined. It will be the Spirit's third consecutive semifinal appearance but the first home playoff game in franchise history.
The Spirit's opponent will also be determined in the final weekend of action, with possibilities including the Chicago Red Stars, Western New York Flash, and Seattle Reign FC. Portland Thorns FC has secured the other semifinal match which will be played on Saturday, October 1.
The two semifinal winners will advance to the 2016 NWSL Championship which will be held at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, October 9 at 5 p.m. ET and will also be televised on FOX Sports 1.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public at tickets.washingtonspirit.com on Monday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET, with a maximum purchase of 9 tickets per order.
BRYC Celebrates 50 Years of Service to Families in the Community
Check out pictures from the event...
Founded by a small group of parents in 1966, playing but a single sport, BRYC has grown to be one of the preeminent youth sports clubs in Fairfax County, now having served over 175,000 families playing soccer, football, flag football, basketball, cheer, volleyball, or softball.
On Saturday, July 30th we celebrated our history at Robinson Secondary School, with games, prizes, inflatables, a dunk tank, adult/alumni games for each of the BRYC sports, and special guests.
CLICK HERE to see pictures and a write-up about the event.
We're looking forward to the next 50 years and more!
BRYC Survives Thanks to Volunteers; Won't You Join Us?
As Little As a Few Hours Or As Much as a Season (or Ten!) Are Much Appreciated
BRYC Recreational Soccer wouldn't exist without the dedication of its volunteers. Our coaches are the most visible, and without them we would certainly have no program, but the more than two dozen members of the Executive Committee (EXCOM) work year-round to keep the organization running smoothly.
After over 15 years of service to BRYC, Ralph Schuetz is hanging up his cleats…or whatever it is that Webmasters hang up…and calling it quits. His last story and photos for the web site are the recap of this year’s highly successful FPYC All Star Tournament.
Ralph’s staying around long enough to train his replacement over the summer months and consult as needed during the fall season, but he and his wife, both long-since retired, do a lot of traveling and it’s been harder and harder to always keep the web site up to date. The job doesn’t require more than five to ten hours a week at most, but it is a constant and ongoing need. The position needs to be filled immediately.
Interested volunteers should contact the Commissioner, James Sullivan, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Ralph at BRYCStars@aol.com.
Away Loss to Seattle Reign Leaves NWSL Shield Winner in Doubt
After a 2-1 home win vs. the Seattle Reign just a few days earlier, the Spirit traveled to Seattle on September 11 for their second meeting of the season and fell to the two-time NWSL Shield winner by a score of 2-0. Coupled with a win by the second-place Portland Thorns, the Spirit are now just one point ahead of the Thorns in the NWSL standings with one game regular season game remaining before the playoffs. Both Washington and Portland have earned a home-field playoff game but whether they finish first or second is still to be determined. It couldn't be any more exciting in advance of the final game for each of clubs on the weekend of September 24-25.
With a Spirit victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, they will nail down first place regardless of the result of Portland's match against Sky Blue FC on Sunday. Should the Spirit lose or draw in their game against Chicago, Portland will take over first place with either a win or a draw. Meanwhile, Chicago has clinched a playoff spot while Western New York and Seattle must await the outcome of their games to determine the fourth and final playoff-bound team.
The Spirit thank BRYC for their support this season and hope to see BRYC families at the playoff game, perhaps the Spirit's best chance ever of making it to the NWSL Chammpionship contest. Watch here or at the Spirit's own web site for playoff ticket information when the date is set.
D.C. United Heading North to NYCFC and NY Red Bulls
Only a few more home games for the Black-and-Red
NYCFC WILD FINISH: D.C. United and their fans are likely not happy about the way the game turned out, but it was a thrilling finish for NYCFC, their fans and neutral viewers. While the majority of the match lacked the intensity seen in the best MLS games, the final 15 minutes were a rollercoaster, as the teams alternated between taking the lead and tying up the game in quick succession.
36' – DC – Lloyd Sam (Patrick Nyarko, Luciano Acosta)
79' -- NYC -- David Villa
85' -- NYC -- Frank Lampard (David Villa, Khiry Shelton)
91' -- DC -- Lamar Neagle (Julian Buescher)
93' -- NYC -- Frank Lampard (Khiry Shelton)
There are only a few more games left to see at RFK Stadium this season so get your tickets and enjoy the play on the pitch!
Celebrating 50 Years!
BRYC, the Braddock Road Youth Club, is a non-profit organization in Fairfax County, Virginia, established in 1966 to offer a variety of youth sports activities in the Burke/Annandale/ Springfield, Virginia area. BRYC Soccer is divided into two programs, Recreational Soccer (including ODSL) and Elite (Travel) Soccer. This web site is devoted exclusively to BRYC's Recreational Soccer program. consisting of neighborhood-based teams. Any youth that signs up to play in the recreational league will be placed on a team. For information on BRYC Elite Soccer, go to "http://www.brycsoccer.com". For links to all the BRYC sports programs, from football to fast-pitch softball, go to "http://www.bryc.org/".