The District line-up II
Updated: Aug 7
The heart of DC, profiling seven athletes to watch out for this year. Compiled by Sophia Hosford & Ben Davis
DC United: Frédéric Brillant, Defender
Frédéric Brillant, 06/26/1985, Sedan, France, 6’3. Having scored in the 91st minute to secure a draw for his squad against the Montreal Impact last Monday, Brillant is an experienced veteran. Hailing from France, Brillant was acquired via trade in December, 2017 and signed a multi-year contract. With years of experience, Brillant will play a vital role in pushing this team, especially in the 2020 “MLS is back” tournament.
Washington Mystics: Emma Meesseman, Center
Emma Meesseman 05/13/1993, Ypres, Belgium, 6’4. The Belgian International was selected by the Washington Mystics with the 19th pick in the second round of the 2013 WNBA Draft. MVP of the 2020 WNBA final, Meesseman is also a star on the Belgian National team, having competed in various international tournaments and earning various titles. With experience in Russia, Belgium, and the United States at the age of 27, Meesseman will play an integral role in helping to guide this Mystics squad towards another WNBA championship.
Washington Spirit: Paige Nielsen, Defender
Paige Nielsen 10/14/1993, Lincoln, Nebraska, 5’5. An alum of the best women’s soccer program in the world, the former UNC Tarheel scored 11 goals in 64 appearances at Chapel Hill. Following success at UNC, Nielsen went onto OL Reign, (formerly known as Seattle Reign, then Reign FC), the Australian Westfield W-League, and Suwon ODC of South Korea. With experience all over the world, Nielsen has found a home along the back line of the Washington Spirit.
By Sophia Hosford
Washington Nationals: Howie Kendrick, Second Basemen
Howie Kendrick, 5’11” 37 years old, Jacksonville, Florida. Howie Kendrick is one of the Nats best hitters, proving it in the Postseason last year. The addition of the DH in the NL allows Howie to almost be an everyday player.
Washington Wizards: Troy Brown Jr, Shooting Guard
Troy Brown Jr. 6’6” 20 years old, Las Vegas, Nevada. With Bradley Beal sitting out the rest of the season, this gives second year shooting guard, Troy Brown Jr. to play a major roll during the NBA restart.
Washington Capitals: John Carlson, Defenseman
John Carlson, 6’3” 30 years old, Natick, Massachusetts. John Carlson set many new career highs this year, earning himself a finalist for the Norris trophy. Look for him to continue his reign during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Washington Redskins: Antonio Gandy-Golden, Wide Reciever
Antonio Gandy-Golden, 6’4” 22 years old, Dallas, Georgia. With WR Kelvin Harmon recently tearing his ACL, this opens up an opportunity for Antonio Gandy Golden. Who had 1,396 receiving yards, 4th most in college football, last year at Liberty.
By Ben Davis
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