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Washo named new GM of Freedom

March 24, 2009 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - magicJack News Release

BOYDS, Md. (March 23) - The Washington Freedom announced today that Mark Washo will be the Freedom's new President & General Manager, replacing outgoing President & General Manager Joseph Quinn. Washo was most recently the acting President of the ticket sales services company he founded, MMW Marketing Sports and Entertainment. Previous to running his own consulting company, he was the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, supervising Ticket Sales/Operations, Customer Service, Marketing and Community Relations. Washo will immediately take up his post in the Freedom offices in Germantown, Md.

"We are grateful to Joe Quinn for his stewardship of the Washington Freedom over the course of the last year as he led us through the preparation phase of the organization," said Freedom Chairwoman Maureen Hendricks, "Now we are thrilled to have Mark join the team. He brings a wealth of experience, talent, and know-how to the Freedom."

Washo boasts an impressive resume including stops at three of the most successful franchises in MLS. Under Washo's leadership, the Chicago Fire achieved the highest total ticket sales revenue in club history in 2008. This achievement includes all-time highs in full season tickets, group tickets and total tickets sold. Prior to joining the Chicago Fire, Washo was the Senior Vice President of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of the MetroStars after serving as the team's Vice President of Ticket Sales for four seasons. Washo joined the MetroStars after spending the previous five seasons with D.C. United as the team's Senior Director of Ticket Sales.

Washo's success in ticket sales led him to author the book, "Break Into Sports Through Ticket Sales," which is regarded as the go-to manual for all young professionals seeking to acquire a job and succeed in ticket sales.

"I would like to thank John and Maureen Hendricks for providing me with this tremendous opportunity to lead the re-launch of the Washington Freedom," Washo said. "I am excited to get started and be reacquainted with many old friends in the greater DC area soccer community. We are looking forward to strong crowd support for our home opener on April 11, and encourage all our fans to join us in the celebration."

The Washington Freedom opens the 2009 season on national television on March 29 against the Los Angeles Sol at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The Freedom will host its home opener at the Maryland SoccerPlex on April 11 against the Chicago Red Stars. A two-game promotional "April Pack," which includes discounted tickets to the home opener is now available! To purchase your seat at the Maryland SoccerPlex visit or call Marc Dombek or Shantai Dixon at (202) 547-KICK.

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