As its contribution to the Washington Spirit this season, BRYC Recreational Soccer has purchased 40 ticket vouchers to see one of the Spirit's games at the Maryland Soccerplex. As its contribution to BRYC Recreational Soccer players, ALL OF THEM will be given away! At least eight of them can be used for any game this season. Here's the plan:
The first five coaches to respond to the webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the Washington Spirit game/date of their choice, will be entitled to up to eight free tickets for use by his or her team members and coaches, on the condition that the team will purchase an equal number of tickets for the match, to be used for additonal team members, parents or siblings, i.e. a group of sixteen players, coaches, parents, et al, would pay for eight tickets while receiving eight free ones. A smaller group, e.g. six players, would receive six free tickets if they agree to purchase six others. A larger group would, unfortunately, still only be entitled to eight free tickets because we want to be able to offer this opportunity to as many teams as possible and have only the 40 vouchers, and because the Spirit have limited the number of vouchers that can be used for certain "Marquee" games.
"Marquee Games"? The fact of the matter is that five of the seven Spirit games between the start of their season and the last game before summer vacation, will be against one of the league's top four teams from last season. Here's the schedule:
On Opening Day, Sunday, April 13, the Spirit lost 1-3 to Western New York Flashdespite the absence of USWNT member Abby Wambach.
Less than a week later, on Saturday, April 19 , the spirit evened their season record with a 3-1 victory over FC Kansas City.
On Saturday, May 3 at 6:30 PM, the Spirit face off against Seattle Reign FC, with U.S, National Team members Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux, not to mention Hope Solo in goal. (The free tickets for this game have been claimed.)
The Western New York Flash and Abby Wambach return to the Maryland Soccerplex on Saturday, May 17 at 6:30 PM. BRYC's two girls' ODSL Sportsmanship Award winning teams will be honored at this match, receiving free tickets. Vouchers can be used for family members wishing to attend.
Last year's fourth place finisher, Sky Blue FC (USWNT captain Christie Rampone) comes to town on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 PM (the only "school night" contest).
Just a few days later, on Monday, May 26 at 4:00 PM there's a Memorial Day afternoon game against the expansion Houston Dash, with BRYC alum Kika Toulouse anchoring the defense.
And finally, just before school's out, on Sunday, June 21 at 6:30 PM the Spirit take last year's champion Portland Thorns, led by Alex Morgan. (The free tickets for this game have been claimed.)
(Bolded dates above are the Spirit's actual designated "Marquee" Games. More than one team could receive free tickets to any of the other four games, but the limit of eight free tickets per BRYC team still applies.)
So, girls' team coaches in particular, poll your teams, pick a game (and a backup if you're selecting one of the "Marquee" games as your first choice) and let the webmaster know how many free tickets you're going to need (at email@example.com), with the commitment to purchase an equal number. Oh, and here's some GREAT NEWS! Because of its commitment to supporting the Spirit this season, BRYC members using the "Catch the Spirit" link to the left will be able to purchase tickets to all Spirit games at $5 off. See the procedures in the story below. For those using the free tickets in this story, that makes your net cost just $10.00 per ticket...a real bargain for a great afternooon or evening of soccer and an experience you and your players will be sure to remember.
Incidentally, BRYC is NOT currently planning on a "BRYC Night" this season but the Spirit still offer "team tunnel" and other game experiences with the purchase of 25 tickets at the $20 rate noted above. Unfortunately, voucher tickets do not apply, so that opportunity requires purchase of the entire 25 ticket commitment. If you are considering such an opportunity, we encourage you to show the colors, but no organized league-wide outing is planned this season. Contact the Spirit's Tickets Program Manager, Natalie Pardo, at (240) 812-7014 or follow this link for more information.