The Washington Spirit, the National Women’s Soccer League’s top ranked team, is a local team whose home field is Maureen Hendricks Field in Boyds, MD, but too many people in Montgomery County have no idea they exist.
Ask almost anyone on the street if they have heard of the Redskins and the answer is sure to be ‘yes.’ Ask about the Capitals or the Wizards, and again the answer is going to be ‘yes,’ unless they just moved here from another country, or they live under a rock. If you ask anyone about the Mystics, you don’t always get that immediate acknowledgement like you do when asking about the ‘Skins, Nationals, Capitals, or Wizards. It takes a couple of seconds before the answer comes to them: “Oh yeah, that women’s basketball team.”
However, ask any young girl playing on a local soccer team about the Washington Spirit, and they will tell you who they are and who their hero on the team is. They know. They want to be one of the players on the Washington Spirit.