Stars of today and tomorrow shine at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County

Members of USWNT Highlight Fun-filled Summer in Boyds

(Boyds, MD) —  Nestled between the bustling I-270 corridor and the rushing waters of the Potomac River, there is a place where the sports stars of today and tomorrow shine. It’s not quite a cornfield in Iowa, but if there were a Maryland equivalent to Ray Kinsella’s “Field of Dreams”, it just might be the Maryland SoccerPlex & Discovery Sports Center in the town of Boyds in Montgomery County. 

Home to more than 20 soccer fields, with synthetic turf fields complemented by Bermuda and Kentucky Bluegrass natural surfaces, the complex also includes natural and paved walking trails with picturesque streams and ample green space. In addition to the outdoor sports fields and trails, the campus houses the Discovery Sports Center, a 46,000 square foot arena which has basketball and volleyball courts most of the year. In the winter, a synthetic turf field is laid out, allowing for indoor soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball and rugby. The venue has the capability to host conferences, parties and camps year-round. 

The Maryland Soccer Foundation, Inc. manages the Maryland SoccerPlex, Discovery Sports Center, SAM Soccer and a handful of indoor and outdoor tournaments. In 1999, the Montgomery County Planning Board outlined a proposal to build a $19 million dollar soccer complex near Germantown. According to their website, an initiative between the Maryland Soccer Foundation and the MNCPPC was the first public-private partnership in Montgomery County dedicated to creating the largest, premier recreational facility in the D.C. suburbs of Maryland. 

“The Maryland SoccerPlex and Discovery Sports Center are state-of-the-art facilities which offer so much to the region in terms of their ability to host and attract sports organizations and sports tourism,” said Terry Hasseltine, Executive Director of Maryland Sports.  â€śHaving a facility like this allows the state of Maryland to remain competitive when it comes to recruiting new events to the state, especially as we make the pitch to national and international organizations.”

Extra attention will be given to the complex in Boyds this week as the Maryland SoccerPlex is also the home of the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Officials are expecting an influx of fans to come out to support U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team stars Mallory Pugh and Bronze Ball winner Rose Lavelle, as they return to action for the Spirit this summer. The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Lavelle is expected to miss some upcoming games due to a lingering injury sustained during World Cup play.

“We’re excited to welcome home Rose and Mallory from the World Cup Winning U.S. Women’s National Team” said Matt Libber, Executive Director of the Maryland SoccerPlex and Maryland Soccer Foundation. “While the rest of the country and world may have just learned about the incredibly skilled players like Rose and Mallory, here at the Maryland SoccerPlex, we have been watching them advance women’s soccer everyday this season with the Washington Spirit.” 

Rose Lavelle of the USWNT & Washington Spirit

Fans from across the state will have plenty of opportunities to cheer on their favorite members of the USWNT the rest of the season. The Spirit will host goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and midfielder Julie Ertz of the Chicago Stars later this summer. Their next match against the Houston Dash on Friday July 20th will feature a number of international players, including Rachely Daly of The England Women’s Senior Football Team.  The Spirit will also host Alex Morgan and the Orlando Pride as well as Golden Boot Winner, Megan Rapinoe and Reign F.C. However, soccer fans will have to travel into the District for those matches at Audi Field.

Mallory Pugh of the USWNT & Washington Spirit

“The members of the USWNT are undoubtedly the most popular athletes in sports right now, not just here in the U.S., but across the globe,” said Hasseltine adding, “The fact that Marylanders can make a short trip to Montgomery County to see the Rose Lavelle’s, Mallory Pugh’s and the other stars of the international game shows just how lucky we are to have a facility like the Maryland SoccerPlex so close to us.  We hope we can keep that momentum going as Maryland Sports works to secure future national and international soccer events here in the state.” 

Baltimore is currently one of a number of potential host cities for the FIFA 2026 World Cup™. As part of the Maryland Sports bid, the Maryland SoccerPlex is listed as a potential training site for participating nation’s teams. 

For more information about the Maryland SoccerPlex & Discovery Sports Center visit:

http://www.mdsoccerplex.org

For more information about the Washington Spirit, including their upcoming schedule, visit:

https://washingtonspirit.com/

About Maryland Sports:

The mission of Maryland’s Sports Commission is to enhance Maryland’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion, retention and development of regional, national and international sporting events. 

Photo Credits: @MDSoccerPlex, Instagram & @washingtonspirit, Instagram

Softball Teams from around U.S., Canada takeover Lower Shore for annual USSSA Tournament

Since 2007, USSSA Tournament grows from 30 teams to almost 400

(SALISBURY, MD) — Nearly 400 softball teams from across the country will travel to Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore for the annual United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Eastern Nationals Championship. What started as a tournament of 30 teams in 2007, has swelled to more than 370 in a little more than a decade. With more than 5,000 players and their families visiting the Delmarva peninsula over the next three weeks, tournament play will be spread out at venues across Wicomico and Worcester Counties, as well as Ocean City.

“For the teams, the event and the location is a perfect culmination of their season – playing competitive softball in arguably the East Coast’s best summer beach community,” said Bill Dowell, USSSA Vice President of Fastpitch/ Maryland & Delaware State Fastpitch Director.

Andrew Kurtz, Wicomico County sports marketing representative, says many families also use the softball tournament as an opportunity to take advantage of the Lower Shore as a vacation destination, “Wicomico and Worcester Counties and the Town of Ocean City will see a boost in tourist activities throughout the three weeks of tournament play.” Kurtz and tournament organizers say teams will be traveling to the region from all across the United States, from as far west as Utah, with some visitors coming from Canada as well.

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Hagerstown Community Welcomes Return of USA Cycling National Championships

Washington County residents play major role in event’s success.

Cyclists tackle the Criterium in Downtown Hagerstown, MD

HAGERSTOWN, MD — For the second year in a row, the nations top competitors descended upon Washington County, Maryland for the 2019 USA Cycling (USAC) Amateur Road National Championships. Over the course of four days, cyclists tackled the rolling hills of Boonsboro and Clear Spring, with the final day consisting of the high-intensity Criterium (Crit) through the aesthetically pleasing streets of historic Downtown Hagerstown. 

The action-packed weekend kicked-off Wednesday, June 19th, with the Big Bike BBQ Event at the scenic Big Cork Vineyards in Rohrersville. On Thursday, cyclists took to the roads, starting with the Time Trials, where competitors rode past the lush farmlands of Boonsboro. On Friday and Saturday, racers tackled the picturesque backroads of Clear Spring in the two-day Road Race. The championships came to a conclusion Sunday – at speeds of 25 to 30 mph – with the fast-paced Crit through the Arts and Cultural Districts in beautiful Downtown Hagerstown. 

“Hosting the USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championship was such an incredible experience that brought both our local community together and cyclists from across the nation to Washington County” said Audrey Vargason, director of sales for Visit Hagerstown

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2019: What’s to Come in Maryland!

The new year has started in full swing, with events of all sport types taking place across the State of Maryland. If you have missed any, don’t worry! Here is a brief overview of what’s to come for Maryland Sports, our TEAM Maryland Partners, MAASA & Maryland’s Own!

Major events for first half of 2019:

Maryland Sports Spelling BeeSaturday, March 23
Frederick Running FestivalMay 4 – 5
2019 Preakness StakesSaturday, May 18
2019 Division I Women’s Lacrosse ChampionshipsMay 24 – 26
2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Tri Club ChampionshipSunday, June 9
USA Cycling Amateur Road National ChampionshipsJune 20 – 23
Athletx Youth Baseball NationalsJune 21 -28

Other notable 2019 events in the Maryland Sports event database

  • Baltimore Mania Boys and Girls: March 23-24 and March 30-31 in Harford County
  • The Showcase: April 13 in Prince George’s County
  • St. Michael’s Running Festival: May 18 in Talbot County
  • Battle at the Beach & Boardwalk: June 1-30 Ocean City, MD and Surrounding Areas
  • Youth Baseball Nationals: June 21-28 at Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex
  • Naptown National Challenge: July 9-10 Annapolis, Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s County
  • Under Armour All-America Lacrosse: June 29 at Johns Hopkins University
  • Essex Express Labor Day Shootout: August 30 – September 2 in Baltimore County
  • Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI 3* and 4*: October 17-20 at Fair Hill NRMA
  • Baltimore Running Festival: October 19 in Baltimore City
  • Governor’s Challenge: December 26-30 at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center
  • Is there an event missing? Add it to our FREE events calendar! Feel free to check out our events calendar to stay tuned with all events throughout the year. In addition, get additional exposure FREE, the Maryland Sports quarterly newsletter is based off our event calendar database.

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