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Finding Women's Soccer in the D.C. Area

With the World Cup winding down, where should you go to get your women's soccer fix?

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 Women's World Cup has been entertaining, with plenty of great goals, thrilling build up play, and dramatic endings. Unfortunately the end of the tournament is closing in, and you may be looking for more ways to watch women's soccer. Thankfully there are quite a few options across multiple leagues in the D.C. metro area.

Washington Spirit

League: National Women's Soccer League
Home Venue: Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland Soccerplex
Tickets: $25 - $70 -- [purchase online]

The Washington Spirit finished their 2014 season with a 2-1 semifinal loss to the Seattle Reign, which was a remarkable turnaround from their last place finish in the inaugural NWSL season in 2013. They're currently tied for second place while awaiting the return of the World Cup stars.

At the stadium, you'll find a beer garden behind the south goal, and the you'll find the Spirit Squadron singing and chanting in the stands opposite the benches. Merchandise and concessions can be found behind the stands. 

Players You Might Know: Ali Krieger (U.S. National Team; Woodbridge, VA), Ashlyn Harris (U.S. National Team), Francisca Ordega (Nigeria National Team), Veronica Perez (Mexico National Team), Crystal Dunn (U.S. National Team)
Connect: Twitter - Facebook - Instagram - Website
Remaining Home Schedule:

Saturday 7/18 7:00pm Seattle Reign
Saturday 7/25 7:00pm Chicago Red Stars
Saturday 8/1 7:00pm Houston Dash
Wednesday 8/12 7:00pm Western NY Flash
Saturday 9/5 7:00pm Seattle Reign

ACF Torino USA


League: Women's Premier Soccer League
Home Venue: Riverdale Baptist Sportsplex
Tickets: $5 adults, $3 youth, children under 3 are free

Now competing in their fourth season, ACF Torino USA is a stand-alone women's program, one of few in the area. They have a brand identity affiliation with ACF Torino ASD, which plays in the women's Serie A in Italy. They're managed by former player Jessica Jach, who played collegiately at San Diego State before eventually joining Torino.

The surface at Riverdale Baptist Sportsplex is turf and is also used for football. The WPSL regular season is short, so opportunities to see Torino are fleeting. In addition to their one remaining home date, they play at cross-state divisional rival ASA Charge on 7/12.

Players You Might Know: Diana Barrera (Guatemala National Team), Danielle O'Brien (George Mason University), Heather Bodenhamer (Marymount University), Courtney Bembenek (American University, Northern Virginia Majestics)
Connect: Twitter - Facebook - Instagram - Website
Remaining Home Schedule:

Tuesday 7/7 7:30pm ASA Charge

Braddock Road Stars Elite


League: W-League
Home Venue: Robinson Secondary School - Samuel J. Coffey Stadium
Tickets: Free
If you played youth soccer in Northern Virginia, you are probably familiar with BRYC, Braddock Road Youth Club. Braddock Road Stars Elite is the final step on the BRYC Elite Academy ladder, just above their newly formed W20 team (the W-League's U-20 league). Players can begin in the BRYC academy at age 3 and play their way up to the W-League team.

At the match, you'll find a family environment and youth involvement with the U-9 and U-13 girls walking out with players and serving as ball girls.

Players You Might Know: Carlyn Baldwin (US U-20), Kaleigh Riehl (US U-20), Rose Chandler (US U-20), Annaugh Madsen (University of Virginia)
Connect: Twitter - Facebook - Instagram - Website
Remaining Home Schedule:

Friday 7/3 7:00pm Charlotte Lady Eagles
Sunday 7/5 5:00pm Washington Spirit Reserves
Wednesday 7/11 7:00pm Washington Spirit Reserves

Washington Spirit Reserves

League: W-League


Home Venue: Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Tickets: Free
Managed by former Washington Freedom goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak, the Washington Spirit Reserves are what once were D.C. United Women. They have a history of success, reaching the W-League semifinals in 2012 as D.C. United Women, and in 2013 as the Reserves.

The Spirit are undefeated (6-0-2) with four games to go, and in good shape for another playoff berth. They have just one home game left, but they play away twice at Braddock Road Stars Elite on 7/5 and 7/11.

Players You Might Know: Andi Sullivan (US U-20), Ashley Herndon (D.C. United Women), Margaret Purce (US U-20), Maddie Huster (Wake Forest University, sister of Tori Huster)
Connect: Twitter - Facebook - Website
Remaining Home Schedule:

Thursday 7/2 6:00pm Charlotte Lady Eagles

ASA Charge


League: Women's Premier Soccer League
Home Venue:
Old Mill High School
Tickets: $5
ASA Charge are the sister team to the men's NPSL team. They've won all six of their regular season games and, with two to play, they've essentially sewn up the division. Playoffs are on the horizon, but at this moment there's no way to know whether they'll be hosting any matches in the postseason.

Players You Might Know: Ali Andrzejewski (Washington Freedom), Lyndse Hokanson (George Mason University), Katie Watson (D.C. United Women), Gabby Galanti (University of Maryland)
Connect: Twitter - Facebook - Instagram - Website
Remaining Home Schedule:

Sunday 7/12 6:00pm ACF Torino USA