Busy day for Washington Spirit at soccer convention in Baltimore

It was a busy day for the Spirit at the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League draft at the Baltimore Convention Center as the team made five selections despite beginning the draft with just two.

The Spirit began the draft, held in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention, with a trade to acquire the fourth overall pick in the draft in a trade with Sky Blue FC. Washington also received the number 4 and 8 picks in the second round of the 2020 draft, as well as a first-round pick in the 2021 Draft. The Spirit sent Mallory Pugh to Sky Blue in exchange for the picks.


The Spirit then selected forward Ashley Sanchez (UCLA) with the fourth overall pick. Next, the Spirit drafted Natalie Jacobs (USC) with the 13th overall pick from Sky Blue. With the final 2020 pick secured from Sky Blue, the Spirit drafted Averie Collins (Washington State) 17th overall.

The Spirit drafted Katie McClure (Kansas) with the club’s natural third-round pick, the 23rd overall pick in the draft. With their natural fourth-round pick and final pick of the day, the Spirit drafted Kaiya McCullough (UCLA) 32nd overall.

At the conclusion of the draft, the Spirit selected five players: Ashley Sanchez (4), Natalie Jacobs (13), Averie Collins (17), Katie McClure (23) and Kaiya McCullough (32).

Horse racing: Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Terp Racing’s Grade 2 winner Still Having Fun, a gutsy second in his return to competition last month, is the 124-pound topweight in a field of eight sprinters entered for Saturday’s $100,000 Fire Plug Stakes at Laurel Park.

The 24th running of the Fire Plug 4-year-olds and up and the 34th renewal of the $100,000 What a Summer for fillies and mares 4 and older, both contested at 6 ½ furlongs, are among four stakes worth $350,000 in purses on a nine-race program.

Also on the card are a pair of $75,000 stakes for Maryland-bred/sired horses going one mile, the Geisha for fillies and mares 4 and older and the Jennings for 4-year-olds and up. First race post time is 12:25 p.m.

Men’s College Basketball: The annual Navy men’s basketball alumni weekend will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Naval Academy.

Twenty-six former players are returning for the festivities which will include watching the team practice on Friday afternoon, a social at the Officer’s Club on Friday evening, the Alumni Game on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Alumni Hall, a luncheon following the alumni game and the Navy-Lafayette game at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission for the Alumni Game is free and a shuttle bus will run from the press box side of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium starting at 11:30 a.m. for those that don’t have a Department of Defense ID.

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