soccer

October 5, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Washington Spirit Owner Resigns as CEO and Managing Partner

Co-owner Steve Baldwin announced his resignation Tuesday as CEO and managing partner of the Washington Spirit soccer team, effective immediately. Club President and former DC United star player and coach Ben Olsen now is in charge of club operations. Baldwin called it “an extremely difficult decision for me,” adding, “I have poured everything into building […]

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April 19, 2021 | Abby Espiritu

Maryland Bobcats Become First Professional Soccer Club to Join Anti-Racist Coalition

The Montgomery County-based Maryland Bobcats Football Club (FC) announced in a press release that they have joined the Anti-Racist Soccer Club coalition, officially making them the first professional club to be part of the alliance. The Anti-Racist Soccer Club states that the coalition was created to fight racism in American soccer and is working to […]

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February 17, 2021 | Joe Yasharoff

Dawes ‘Very Thrilled’ to Join Washington Spirit’s New Investor Group

The Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced a new investor group on Wednesday that includes Chelsea Clinton, Jenna Bush Hager and Dominique Dawes. “It is fitting that the Washington Spirit have an investor group commensurate with the dynamism and diversity of DC and its place as the most powerful city in […]

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November 19, 2020 | Sydney Bullock

Approval for SoccerPlex Tournament Rescinded After Positive COVID-19 Test

Montgomery County rescinded its approval for a soccer tournament scheduled for Nov. 20-22 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds after a player tested positive for COVID-19. Several thousand players were expected to play. Dr. Earl Stoddard, director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Management Staff, said the Soccerplex’s initial plan for the […]

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November 16, 2020 | Brendan Hartlove

Former Bethesda Soccer Star Shines for U.S. National Team

“I had a week that I will never, ever, ever forget.” From the soccer fields of Montgomery County to representing his country at the highest level, Nicholas Gioacchini (pronounced joe-uh-KEENY) is making an impact for the U.S. national team. Gioacchini was born in Kansas City, but his family moved around a lot due to his father’s […]

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October 7, 2020 | Brendan Hartlove

COVID-19 Outbreak Linked to Montgomery County Youth Soccer Club

Montgomery County is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a youth soccer club that has now “spilled over” into a high school team, public health officials have confirmed. Over the weekend, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was notified of two initial positive cases tied to the Potomac Soccer Association. As a result […]

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September 29, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

101-Year-Old Tennis, Soccer Champion and War Hero Doyle Royal Dies

Doyle Royal, a legendary tennis figure in the area, died at the age of 101. The Washington, D.C. native and longtime Bethesda resident lived a full life as a championship-winning soccer and tennis player and coach and World War II hero. Royal was the oldest Edgemoor Club member and spent a great deal of time […]

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August 25, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Featured - Phase 2

Updated Phase 2 Guidelines Allows Museums, Art Galleries, Bowling Alleys to Reopen

On Monday, Montgomery County updated its phase 2 reopening guidelines with the unanimous approval by the County Council. Here’s what the updated guidelines now allow for: Museums and art galleries can now reopen with restrictions. Bowling alleys can reopen with restrictions. Food service facilities are requred to post signs that advice customers about wearing face […]

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August 24, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Updated County Order Reclassifies Soccer as Medium-Risk Sport

According to an updated county executive order on COVID-19 recovery, soccer has been reclassified as a medium-risk sport and is now allowed in Montgomery County. It was previously considered a high risk-sport- which is not currently permitted at Montgomery Parks athletic fields due to COVID-19 health safety concerns. Montgomery County Council met on Monday to […]

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August 13, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

After Classifying Soccer as High Risk, County Still Reviewing Guidelines

Montgomery County is still considering how to approach soccer during the ongoing pandemic.  County Executive Marc Elrich issued an executive order last week amending his Phase 2 reopening order. Under the directive, high-risk sports are limited to no-contact skills building and drills, while low and medium-risk sports can have games. The county references the Maryland […]

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