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Washington Spirit looks to strengthen ties with DC United in 2020

National Women’s Soccer League team Washington Spirit will look to strengthen its ties with local Major League Soccer franchise DC United in 2020 with a ground-sharing deal.

The Spirit is reportedly in discussions to play a series of games at DC United’s 20,000-capacity venue Audi Field and the 5,000-seater Segra Field, the home of the MLS team’s United Soccer League Championship affiliate Loudoun United.

According to the Washington Post, the Spirit will play at least four times next year at Audi Field, where it averaged 18,645 spectators over two games this summer following the Women’s World Cup.

The team will also continue to play at Maryland SoccerPlex, meaning that the Spirit is poised to play NWSL games at three different venues next season.

Going forward, the Spirit is in talks to split games between Audi Field and Segra Field from 2021 and practice at the club’s Leesburg training center. The NWSL team will also gain permanent office space and a locker room at Audi Field as part of the developing agreement.

Further reading:

DC United leverages twin impact of Audi Field and ‘Rooney effect’ into new deals

NWSL looking to translate Women’s World Cup aura into long-term gains