Spirit-Red Stars: A mad night at the SoccerPlex

There’s just a lot of anger in the world right now. Our president took a break from Twitter ranting to issue the most controversial presidential pardon since Gerald Ford fell on his sword for Richard Nixon, paving the way for a peanut farmer from Georgia to become president and then a truly outstanding ex-president. North Korea, apparently angry about being pushed off the front page by U.S. domestic shenanigans and a hurricane (and a preposterous fight), flung a few more missiles into the sea, which raises the question of how many North Koreans live in dangerous poverty while Kim Jong … Continue reading Spirit-Red Stars: A mad night at the SoccerPlex

Washington Spirit … playoff-bound?

For the most startling comment in the wake of Washington’s last-minute winner over Chicago on a pleasant Saturday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex, let’s check in with Chicago coach Rory Dames on how the loss affected the Red Stars’ playoff chances: “I don’t think (losing)┬áchanges a lot for us, to be honest. Winning obviously would’ve helped. But we’re two points back from Portland. “We always thought the race was going to be with Portland. I don’t think we really ever thought we were in a race with Washington.” Whoa. The standings would’ve said otherwise before tonight’s game. A Chicago win … Continue reading Washington Spirit … playoff-bound?

Washington Spirit vs. Chicago: Clock strikes 12

For 77 minutes, the Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars played an entertaining soccer game. Both teams were seriously short-handed, as they had been too often through this season. But they stuck it out and put together some decent chances. Then the evening took a supernatural turn, like the end of┬áL.A. Story, when the weather suddenly changes so Victoria Tennant can’t fly away from Steve Martin. (You’d never guess from that clip, but it’s actually a funny film.) It had been a typical first half from the Spirit on the team’s good days. Maybe a little better. Washington outshot Chicago … Continue reading Washington Spirit vs. Chicago: Clock strikes 12

Washington Spirit vs. Chicago: Spirit willing, flesh weak

It’s getting difficult to write about the Washington Spirit. The options are: (A) Piling on to a team that’s obviously in an epic slump. (B) Appearing to be in denial. Not that it really matters what we the punditocracy think. What matters is what the team thinks. And if you’re a Spirit fan looking for a ray of hope that the team can at least finish strong, it’s this: I sense that the team buys into the notion of a “fresh start” and believes in the direction Mark Parsons is leading it. Ashlyn Harris spoke with the media tonight and … Continue reading Washington Spirit vs. Chicago: Spirit willing, flesh weak

Game report: Freedom 0, Red Stars 0 (updates with quotes)

BOYDS, Md. — Though they were playing at home, the Washington Freedom may consider themselves lucky to have escaped with a 0-0 draw Sunday against fellow playoff bubble team Chicago. Despite the oppressive heat — 96 degrees by one check at kickoff — the Red Stars came out running, with a direct approach that kept the Freedom on their heels much of the game. The stats told the story — Chicago outshot Washington 23-5, putting 11 shots on goal to Washington’s 3. “We knew early on that it was going to be hot this week, so we wanted the ball … Continue reading Game report: Freedom 0, Red Stars 0 (updates with quotes)