Aug 24, 2012

Celebration of Women's Soccer Rosters Announced

Washington, D.C.  (August 23, 2012) Mark Washo, Managing Partner for Playbook Management International (PMI) Sports and Entertainment Company and former President and General Manager of the Washington Freedom, has announced the final rosters for the women’s charity soccer game that will be played at the Maryland Soccer Plex stadium field on Saturday, August 25, 2012. All net proceeds from the game will benefit the Michael Washo “Art from the Heart” Foundation and DC Scores.

“The response from the players and community has been greater than I anticipated,” said Washo. “The event will kick off with a special meet and greet at Not Your Average Joe’s on Friday and we are very excited about the game and some of the elements we have added.  It will be a special night at the Maryland Soccer Plex and the perfect environment in which to pay tribute to many current and past professional women’s soccer players from the WPS (Freedom), WUSA, WPSL and W league.” 

Becky Sauerbrunn and Lori Lindsey will play a special role in this weekend’s activities, which will start off with a special meet and greet at Not Your Average Joe’s on Friday, August 24th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Sauerbrunn will serve as the guest coach for the Celebration of Women’s Soccer All Star’s squad while Lindsey will guide the Maryland Capitols. Each will have final say as they will be provided wireless microphones and will be commentating throughout the game. Sauerbrunn and Lindsey will be available for autographs along with the rest of the players after the game. 

People interested in the post-game festivities will need to follow Sauerbrunn and Lindsey on twitter because they will be sending out the location on Saturday. Sauerbrunn can be found at while Lindsey can be followed at They will also be sending out updates throughout the weekend.

The Celebration squad will be stocked with many former Freedom players and the first two players to commit back in July were former Freedom and US National team player Cat Whitehill, and former Washington Freedom, Magic Jack and Boston Breakers player Nikki Marshall. Former Freedom players joining Whitehill and Marshall include Allie Long, Katie Jo Spisak, Nikki Marshall, Caitlin Miskel, Joanna Lohman and former Freedom Future standout Tyler Lussi.

  • KJ Spisak
  • Cat Whitehill
  • Diana Weigel
  • Leann Champ
  • Sula Lansaw
  • Caleigh Savageau
  • Emily Carroll
  • Tiffany Gales
  • Caitlin Miskel
  • Joanna Lohman
  • Nikki Marshall
  • Zulia Menjivar
  • Tyler Lussi
  • Allie Long
  • Lianne Sanderson
There will also be two special guest players playing for the Freedom and they are Melissa Penny and Danielle Olsen, both members of the Montgomery County Police Department. Fellow Officer Rob Grims will serve as an assistant coach for the Celebration team helping out James Galanis and Becky Sauerbrunn.

  • Jacqui Desjardin
  • Amanda Lebo
  • Bekah Munnikhuysen
  • Danielle Malagari
  • Jess Hnatiuk
  • Erica Suter
  • Rachel Lindenfeld
  • Brittany Hadaway
  • Jen Devarcis
  • Laura Kane
  • Anabel Jimenez
  • Ali Andrzejewski
  • Diana Barrera
  • Allie Wilkerson
  • Claudia Barrera

The Beer Garden will once again be back and will feature Yuengling, Miller, Coors while for the younger people Smoothie King and Dominion Root Beer will be just some of the offerings.

The primary benefitting charity is Michael Washo’s “Art from the Heart” Foundation. Michael Washo’s “Art from the Heart” Foundation was founded in April 2012 in memory of Mark Washo’s father; its mission is to educate people on the dangers to the HEART from chemotherapy and radiation treatments for patients battling cancer. DC Scores is an after school poetry and soccer program serving underprivileged “at risk” DC Youth

The match will occur Saturday night during the Damascus and Seneca Youth Soccer August Cup Tournament  Tickets for the Celebration of Women’s Soccer Charity match are on sale now online at For more information; please visit the official website at Facebook; Celebration of Women’s Soccer page (is!/pages/Celebration-of-Womens-Soccer/258264650951521). Tickets are for sale for $20 (includes post- game “meet-greet” pass), $15 and $10.  Advance discounts also available for youth soccer players and coaches, please contact or or by calling (201) 669-9013.
Tyler Lussi