It wasn’t a good weekend for the D.C. United men’s brand, what with that 4-0 loss at Houston, a red card and an injury. It was, though, another good weekend for D.C. United Women, who defeated the Virginia Beach Piranhas, 3-0, to cap an undefeated regular season in the W-League.
The Atlantic Division champions (11-0-1, 37-8 goal difference) will host the Eastern Conference championship this weekend at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County. Saturday’s semifinals feature the Long Island Rough Riders (9-3-3) against the Charlotte Lady Eagles (9-1-2) and DCU vs. Virginia Beach (6-3-3). The winner of Sunday’s final will advance to the four-team league championship July 27-29 at Ottawa.
DCU’s Mikaela Howell, a native of England, has nine goals and seven assists, which is tied for the league lead.
Despite the name, DCU Women have little connection to the men’s club. United licenses the brand but doesn’t finance the amateur side, which is owned by Bill Lynch of Washington Soccer Properties.
The W-League shares the second tier of women’s soccer with the WPSL. There is no first-division women’s league following the closure of WPS last winter.
In the WPSL, the first-year Maryland Capitols, who play in Landover, went 7-1-2 in the regular season before being upset by Syracuse, 2-0, in their playoff opener.
The Capitols have agreed to play in an Aug. 25 charity match at Maryland SoccerPlex with a select group arranged by former Washington Freedom president Mark Washo. Ex -U.S. national team defender Cat Whitehill and WPS veteran Nikki Marshall have committed. Washo will announce additional players each week on his Twitter page (@soccerwasho). Some U.S. Olympians are likely to play.