Author Archives: Beau Dure

Washington Spirit vs. FC Kansas City: Goal rush

What’s changed for the Washington Spirit this season? It’s pretty simple. Goals. Never before had the Spirit scored three goals in a half. Only once last season did they have three or more in a game. Tonight, they had three … Conti...

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Prep for NWSL season 2 with NWSL season 1

With the second NWSL season starting this weekend, it’s time for a reminder about the book I wrote on the first season of the Washington Spirt. Enduring Spirit: Restoring Professional Women’s Soccer to Washington tells the story of a tea...

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Monday Myriad, April 7: Pentathlon power

We’re in a lull between winter and summer sports, which means this is a good time to tell you there will be no Monday Myriad next week. It’s also a good time to remind you that Margaux Isaksen is really … Continue reading →...

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Tom Sermanni and women’s soccer evolution

The U.S. women’s national soccer team changes like the continents — very slowly, with sudden earthquakes. We had one of those earthquakes last night, when coach Tom Sermanni was fired just a couple of hours after leading the USA to &helli...

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Random belated Spirit things

Various items from the Spirit’s win over Virginia and their Friday media day that aren’t outdated yet: Diana Matheson on the Spirit’s experience upgrade in the offseason Mark and Bill were so busy over the offseason, and they did an...

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Monday Myriad, March 31: Figure this

We’re in that lull with winter sports wrapping up and not many summer sports in full swing yet. Good news for those of us who want to follow our teams in college basketball … oh … hey, cricket’s on! Best … Continue read...

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Washington Spirit vs. Virginia: Better than last year

Did we mention that it was raining hard? And yet, when we could actually catch a glimpse of the game through the water, it was a good one. Don’t weep for Virginia’s graduation losses. The Cavaliers are still a terrific … Continue r...

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Why I don’t engage in most promotion/relegation discussions

Suppose someone told you Beethoven wrote Born to Run.  “No,” you’d say. “All available evidence says Bruce Springsteen wrote Born to Run. It was recorded nearly 150 years after Beethoven died.” You’d think that w...

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