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Washington Spirit Announces 2019 Preseason Schedule

February 12, 2019 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Washington Spirit News Release

Boyds, Md. - The Washington Spirit has finalized its preseason schedule ahead of the 2019 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) campaign.

Washington will open the preseason on Saturday, March 16 against James Madison University at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. It will be the second year in a row that the Spirit hosts a preseason game in Richmond during the prestigious Jefferson Cup youth soccer tournament, hosted by the Richmond Strikers.

In 2018, the Spirit partnered with the Strikers and the Richmond Kickers to host a preseason game between Washington and the North Carolina Courage, which drew 6,235 fans. The 2019 edition comes on the heels of the U.S. Women's National Team competing in the SheBelieves Cup, in preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The Spirit's U.S. Women's National Team members Rose Lavelle, Mallory Pugh and Andi Sullivan are all scheduled to appear in the game in Richmond.

General admission tickets to the game at City Stadium go on sale to the general public on Friday at both RichmondKickers.com and Tickets.WashingtonSpirit.com. All group sales, assigned seating, and VIP suite sales will be available exclusively through the Richmond Kickers. The game is included in Washington Spirit season ticket membership plans, flex plans, and special multi-game preseason packages today.

Additional information will be announced later this week as the Spirit and Kickers launch ticket sales for the game.

On Saturday, March 23, the Spirit will host French club Girondins de Bordeaux for the club's 2019 debut at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Bordeaux competes in Division 1 Féminine, the highest division of women's football in France.

The following Saturday, March 30 will mark the Spirit's return to Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, Va. to host the 22-time NCAA champion North Carolina Tar Heels. This will be the third year in a row that Washington has hosted a preseason game at Evergreen SportsPlex, with both previous occasions featuring sold-out crowds of 2,000 fans at the Northern Virginia park.

In the club's preseason finale on Saturday, April 6, Washington will host Virginia Tech at the Maryland SoccerPlex. It will be the second all-time meeting between the Spirit and Hokies, and the first since 2015.

Washington Spirit 2019 Preseason Schedule

Date Time Opponent City Venue

March 16 7:00 p.m. James Madison Univ. Richmond, Va. City Stadium

March 23 7:00 p.m. FC Bordeaux Boyds, Md. Maryland SoccerPlex

March 30 5:00 p.m. Univ. of North Carolina Leesburg, Va. Evergreen Sportsplex

April 6 7:00 p.m. Virginia Tech Boyds, Md. Maryland SoccerPlex

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