Mystics and United keep fans watching; Nats offer t-shirts, bobble heads and Strasburg; Skins prep for training campMonday, July 26th, 2010
Trailing 1.5 games out of first place, the Washington Mystics tried to stay in second place when the played the Indiana Fever Saturday night at Verizon Center. The Mystics were down the whole game, so a comeback fell short as time ran out. Final score: 78-73. Wednesday brought a special 11:30 a.m. start for kids’ camp day – 14,000+ saw the Mystics crush the Atlanta Dream 82-72. Next up for the Mystics comes Tuesday. They play the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, about 40 miles north of New London. The Mystics return home Thursday to face off against the San Antonio Silver Spurs.
D.C. United won its friendly match 4-0 vs. Portsmouth FC at RFK Stadium Saturday night. Three of those four goals came by Danny Allsopp. United gets back into MLS play as they take on Real Salt Lake in Utah.
After the MLB all-star break, the Nationals finally return home after a 3-7 road trip. The Nats made stops in Florida, Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Tuesday, July 27, Stephen Strasburg makes his 10th major league start against the Atlanta Braves. Tuesday is also a “T-Shirt Tuesday” for the first 10,000 fans through the turnstiles.
After the three game series vs. Atlanta, the Nats host a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The first 15,000 fans on Saturday, July 31, get a Nyjer Morgan bobble head.
Off the field, Bill Ladner reported on MLB.com last Friday that Nationals manager Jim Riggleman is expected to coach the team next year.
Redskins upside: July 29 – Aug. 19 is training camp. The Redskins training camp is held at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Virginia. Redskins downside: after a 10-year pro career, tackle Chris Samuels retired this week.
That’s this week’s D.C. sports news. Check back for next week.