D.C. is yet again a title town. The National Women’s Soccer League’s Washington Spirit is heading back to the nation’s capital as NWSL Champions after defeating the Chicago Red Stars in Louisville, Kentucky. Washington Capitals captain and Spirit investor Alex Ovechkin took to Twitter to congratulate D.C.’s newest champs.
The victory marked the Spirit’s first-ever championship title.
— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) November 20, 2021
Prior to the game, the Capitals tweeted a video of Ovechkin wishing the team well saying, “Congrats, Washington Spirit to make championship [game]. It’s only one step. Let’s make another big one. We’re cheering for you. Let’s go!”
Cheering for the @WashSpirit in the NWSL Final from Cali today!
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 20, 2021
As mentioned, Ovechkin became an investor in the Spirit back in May. He told ESPN it’s “important to support women and women’s professional athletes” national and worldwide. “It was also important for me to support the D.C. community,” Ovechkin said, adding that he and his wife Nastya “love” to catch soccer, football, and baseball games. “We all win. If I have this opportunity, I think it’s very important for me to do it, because it also shows we care.”
“It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, you should be able to chase the same goals as a professional athlete.” That quote from his mother, Tatyana, inspired him. Tatyana is a two-time Olympic gold-medal-winning basketball player for Russia. Ovechkin’s father even played soccer.
Spirits captain Tori Huster said Ovechkin’s investment is “amazing” and explained how Tatyana “passed on not only her athletic ability but an understanding of an even playing field.” Huster is also looking forward to having Ovechkin “show that we are valuable” and be an ally who is “going to help us make those improvements.” “
Congrats to the Spirit on bringing another championship title to D.C.!
There’s a reason they call us the District of Champions pic.twitter.com/jTvYgYB13m
— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) November 20, 2021
By Della Young