In the next month, 11 members of the United States Women’s National Team that just won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be playing in Germantown.
Members of the United States Women’s National Soccer team are still relishing their victory in the Women’s World Cup and are being honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. On Friday, they will be riding floats up Broadway, but eight days later some will be back on the field here in Germantown.
The Maryland SoccerPlex is preparing for the next time Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, Megan Rapinoe, and Hope Solo will be back playing soccer. The Washington Spirit, of the National Women’s Soccer League, will host the Seattle Reign on Saturday, July 18. The four members of the USWNT will back with their club teams, Krieger and Harris with the Spirit and Rapinoe and Solo with the Reign.
On Wednesday, the Washington Spirit announced that additional reserve tickets for the next home game against the Reign were released for public purchase.
"It's been a very busy past couple of days," said Spirit director of ticket sales Rob Bartlett told ESPN earlier this week. "We usually reserve 50 field-level seats for our games and we've twice already had to release more of those seats for sale."
there will be other stars from the Women’s World Cup playing as well. Indeed, there were 194 NWSL players that made appearances in the 2015 Women’s World Cup (155 starters and 39 substitutes). While not all 194 will be playing in Germantown next week, many will be playing in the Maryland SoccerPlex in the coming weeks as the Spirit will host three straight Saturday home games, on July 18, July 25 and Aug. 1.
The Spirit has two members of the Women’s World Cup Champion U.S. team – defender Ali Krieger and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. The Spirit has three players on the roster who scored in the 2015 World Cup for other nations. The goal scorers are midfielder Veronica Perez (Mexico), forward Francisca Ordega (Nigeria), forward Ngozi Okobi (Nigeria) all of which scored goals in the World Cup tournament. Other members of the Spirit roster who played in the 2015 Women’s World Cup include, defender Josephine Chukwunonye (Nigeria), forward Haley Raso (Australia), midfielder Diana Matheson (Canada), and defender Arianna Romero (Mexico).
On July 18, the Spirit will host the Seattle Reign, who have USWNT members Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe. Solo was the winner of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Gloves award as the best goalie in the world. Rapinoe is the midfielder responsible for two goals and an assist in the USWNT victory of Australia.
One week later on Saturday, July 25 the Spirit host the Chicago Red Stars, and their four USWNT members, forward Christen Press, defender Julie Johnston, midfielder Lori Chalupny, and midfielder Shannon Boxx. Other FIFA Women’s World Cup players on the Red Stars are forward Melissa Tancredi (Canada), goalkeeper Karina LaBlanc (Canada), forward Adriana Leon (Canada), and defender Abby Erceg (New Zealand).
Then on Saturday, Aug. 1, the Spirit will host World Cup Golden Ball Award winner and hero of the USWNT victory over Japan, Carli Lloyd and the Houston Dash. It was Lloyd’s three goals in the first 16 minutes of play in the final game that cemented the US victory. The Dash has two other players who were also big contributors to the USA victory, midfielder Morgan Brian and defender Meghan Klingenberg. Other international players on the Houston roster include defender Allysha Chapman (Canada), goalkeeper Erin McLeod (Canada), and defender Lauren Sesselmann (Canada).
Washington Spirit single game tickets and group packages are now available. Check out all of the phenomenal NWSL soccer at the Maryland SoccerPlex by calling 301-337-8579.
Top: USWNT team and Spirit defender Ali Krieger (11) plays the ball away from Canadian Women’s National Team and Portland Thorns midfielder Christine Sinclair (12) during a game last season at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
Next: Spirit goalkeeper and Women’s World Cup Champion Ashlyn Harris (1) will return to the Maryland SoccerPlex on July 18 to play the Seattle Reign.
Photos by Germantown Pulse