chula vista elite athlete training center

chula vista elite athlete training center

NWSL Side Washington Spirit Spend Their Offseason in Chula Vista

By Nick Gasparro


Chula Vista, CA – The Washington Spirit, a prominent team in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), recently chose Chula Vista for their preseason preparations ahead of their 12th season. The Spirit opted for the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (CVEATC) as the venue for their training camp, showcasing a strategic move to enhance their readiness for the upcoming season.

A total of 59 athletes and staff members participated in the training camp, held from January 26 to February 8, 2024. This preseason camp provided the team with a focused and intensive preparation period, making the most of the top-notch facilities at CVEATC during their inaugural visit.

CVEATC proved to be an ideal host, offering exclusive access to state-of-the-art soccer fields, a well-equipped strength and conditioning center, and a sports therapy building for essential massages and ice baths. The center also facilitated tactical discussions and analysis with dedicated conference spaces. Notably, the Spirit had the unique opportunity to collaborate with the U.S. Blind Soccer National Team, gaining insights into the game.

In addition to these top-notch training resources, the Spirit enjoyed comprehensive amenities at CVEATC, ensuring a comfortable and productive stay. The team resided in the center’s dormitories, fostering an immersive and focused training environment. Moreover, players had access to the CVEATC’s dining hall, guaranteeing nutritious meals with breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout their stay.

As the training camp concluded, the Washington Spirit bid farewell to CVEATC, expressing gratitude for the hospitality and world-class facilities. The experience at CVEATC proved invaluable, setting a positive tone for the upcoming season.

In closing, the Washington Spirit’s first-time training at CVEATC was a resounding success, leaving a positive impression on both the team and the training center staff. The CVEATC team wishes the Spirit the best of luck throughout the 2024 NWSL season and eagerly anticipates their return to Chula Vista. As the team embarks on its 12th season, the foundation laid at CVEATC will undoubtedly contribute to their success on the field.

About The Washington Spirit

The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based in Washington, D.C. and plays at Audi Field in Buzzard Point. The Spirit was founded on November 21, 2012 and are an inaugural member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the premier women’s soccer league in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit and follow the club on Twitter , Instagram and Facebook .

About the CVEATC

The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center rests on a 155-acre complex adjacent to Lower Otay Reservoir. The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center has sport venues and support facilities for more than a dozen summer Olympic and Paralympic sports, and cross-training abilities for various winter sports. The CVEATC offers support to athletes including housing, dining, training facilities, local transportation, recreational facilities, athlete services and professional development programs. Typically, elite athletes are selected to train here by their respective sport federation or National Governing Body.