Washington Spirit to host North Carolina Courage for 2018 NWSL preseason match in Richmond, Va.

Washington Spirit  |   December 4, 2017
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Washington Spirit vs North Carolina Courage
2018 NWSL Preseason
City Stadium – Richmond, VA
Saturday, March 17 – 7:00 p.m. ET

Boyds, MD (December 4, 2017) – The Washington Spirit will host the North Carolina Courage in a 2018 National Women’s Soccer League preseason match at the historic City Stadium in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, March 17.

The first-ever NWSL game played in the city of Richmond, which will be hosted in partnership with the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League and the Richmond Strikers, will kick-off at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The match will also serve as the marquee game during the Richmond Strikers’ prestigious Jefferson Cup Girls Weekend, host to more than 5,000 players and 350 participating youth teams. Following a 72-hour private pre-sale for Richmond Kickers Season Ticket Holders, general admission tickets for $20 (VIP tickets – $35) will go on sale on Friday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m. at RichmondKickers.com. The game will be included in Washington Spirit season ticket holder packages.

As Washington and North Carolina make their preparations for the NWSL regular season, fans in Richmond will have the opportunity to watch some of the best female players in the world, including multiple U.S. Women’s National Team members and other international stars, compete in their own backyard.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to bring the NWSL to Richmond and the historic City Stadium,” said Spirit Head Coach and General Manager Jim Gabarra. “We look forward to hosting such a quality side in the Courage and sure all that attend will be treated to an entertaining match.”

“We are thrilled that the Kickers’ new long-term lease for City Stadium now allows the club to attract high profile events year-round,” said Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer Leigh Cowlishaw. “The Courage and Spirit rosters are comprised of numerous national team players who have represented their countries on the international stage and this is a fantastic opportunity for the RVA community to see many of the world’s best players right here at City Stadium. We are delighted to collaborate with the Washington Spirit, North Carolina Courage, and Richmond Strikers to bring this world-class match to Richmond.”

Washington boasts one of the league’s most exciting young rosters, including 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year Finalist and U.S. international forward Mallory Pugh, and 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medalists Shelina Zadorksy and Stephanie Labbé. The Courage captured the 2017 NWSL Shield during their first season in North Carolina, led by a talented roster highlighted by NWSL Best XI selections Abby Dahlkemper, Sam Mewis and McCall Zerboni. All players are scheduled to appear.

City Stadium is a 22,600-seat venue which has been a staple of Virginia’s capital city since 1929. The three-time USL Cup, three-time USL regular season and one-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion Richmond Kickers have called the stadium home since 1995.

Washington Spirit 2018 Season Tickets are now officially on sale to the general public. In addition to attendance at this historical preseason game, season Ticket holders benefits include: free Spirit scarf, discount on Spirit gear, exclusive meet & greet events, and more. Become a 2018 Season Ticket Holder by ordering online or by giving our ticket office a call at 301-591-0927.

The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. Launched in 2012, the Spirit play in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit www.WashingtonSpirit.com, follow the club on Twitter @WashSpirit and on Facebook at facebook.com/washingtonspirit.


Established in 1993, the Richmond Kickers have consistently been one of the most successful professional soccer clubs in America. Over the past 18 seasons, Richmond has qualified for postseason play 16 times, and reached the title match in 2010 for the sixth time in the past nine campaigns. Richmond’s seven previous league Championship appearances, include winning the Premier League title in 1995, and taking the USL Second Division crown twice. The Kickers have claimed Organization of the Year honors on five occasions and have had 22 players progress into Major League Soccer. For more information, visit RichmondKickers.com.

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