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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS MIGHT be reserved for high
school football, but at the Maryland SoccerPlex, Saturday
nights are for soccer—and the Washington Spirit.
The club, which participates in the National Women’s Soccer League, plays regular season games from April through
October at the Germantown sports complex’s Maureen Hendricks Field, which has seating for 4,000 fans. One section
of the stands is ;lled by the Spirit Squadron, the team’s of;-cially recognized fan club (or supporters’ group, as they’re
called in soccer culture), which brings drums, ;ags and banners to the games, as well as sheets with written chants so
fans in nearby sections can join in on the cheers. Fans can
stay after games and ask players for autographs or sel;es,
a common request lately, says Aubrey Bledsoe, the Spirit
goalkeeper and 2018 team MVP.
“It means so much just to have all the local families
and community out there supporting us. The environment
that they create is de;nitely a motivating in;uence for the
games,” Bledsoe says. “It doesn’t get better than a game
at night, under the lights, a lot of fans cheering loudly and
helping us to win.”
The Washington Spirit plays home games at the Maryland
SoccerPlex at 7 or 7: 30 p.m. on select Saturdays. Tickets start at $20 or $25 depending on the game. Maureen
Hendricks Field at Maryland SoccerPlex; mailing address:
18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds; 301-591-0927; tickets.
CATCH THE SPIRIT
Washington Spirit forward
Mallory Pugh with fans at the