After opening the season with four wins and a draw, the Washington Spirit finally met their match in the second meeting of the season against the formidable Portland Thorns, falling 4-1 in the Rose City after a 0-0 draw with the Thorns in Maryland earlier in the season. A week later the Spirit were in Houston for their second match of the season against the Houston Dash but bad weather, including torrential rain and lightening, led to the game's cancellation and postponement ot later in the season. The Spirit's next contest will be another away match against the last-place Boston Breakers on Friday, June 10, before they return to the Maryland Soccerplex for waht is sure to be a sold-out contest against the expansion Orlando Pride (with former Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and forward Alex Morgan) on June 18. Reserved seats are already sold out and only 500 grandstand seats remain as of May 31.
BRYC purchased 80 tickets for this season's games. The tickets were available to BRYC teams and families at a discounted price to show BRYC's support for the fourth-year professional women's club and encourage attendance. After a month in which only four tickets had been sold, the floodgates opened in late April with the sale of ALL the remaining tickets. Three BRYC teams scheduled events and a number of individual families saw the Spirit take on Houston on May 14. A bunch of others are going to see the match against the Orlando Pride in mid-June. (At least one young player has already told her mom that she's torn between cheering for Alex or cheering for the Spirit. There should be no doubt!)
The Webmaster is pleased to know that there will be 80 happy BRYC folks in the stands at the next few Spirit home games, but sorry to report that no more discounted tickets remain. We're SOLD OUT. That doesn't mean that there aren't still great seats for all the remaining home games this season or that they aren't still a bargain, even at a slightly higher price. When our spring season ends, the Spirit keep on playing thorugh the summer with five Saturday night home games before the start of our fall season and a final Wednesday night game just after Labor Day.
(The webmaster thanks BRYC dad Solomon Lee for the photo above right as a whole team of young boys were enthralled while watching the Spirit play the beautiful game on Photo Day.)