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D.C. United Women Renamed Washington Spirit
- Updated: December 12, 2012
As we approach 2013 and the start of the new women’s pro soccer league, the Washington, D.C. team will be known as the Washington Spirit, according to General Manager Chris Hummer. He commented on the new name;
“We wanted a name that speaks directly to the patriotism of D.C, we wanted a name with spirit.”
The coaching staff will include Mike Jorden as head coach and Cindi Harkes as assistant coach. Harkes is the wife of John Harkes, former D.C. United player and former U.S. Men’s National Team star. Mark Parsons will take Mike Jorden’s place as head coach of the W-League team, know as the Washington Spirit Reserves.
The team will continue calling the award-winning Maryland SoccerPlex stadium field as it’s home. The team colors will be Red, White, Blue which fits with its theme of spirit. The team’s new official Twitter handle is
@WashSpirit and the team’s website is: http://www.WashingtonSpirit.com
D.C. United Women were an American soccer club based out of Washington, D.C. They competed in the W-League of the USL, the second tier of women’s soccer in the United States known as a “Pro-Am” league, which means teams may be either professional or amateur in status, but not have paid players on the same roster as NCAA eligible amateur players. The team was an affiliate of Major League Soccer club, D.C. United but operated independently by Washington Soccer Properties, LLC.
The club will part ways with the MLS supplier Adidas. Most likely they will move to Nike since they supply team U.S.A. and the league is being backed by the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Sources: Washington Sprirt and USL