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Valor continue roster moves

Monday February 6, 2017

 WASHINGTON, D.C.Washington Valor head coach Dean Cokinos announced that the team made roster transactions last week. The Valor will kick-off their inaugural season, presented by MedStar, on April 7 at Verizon Center.

WR Mike Washington, a seven-year Arena Football League (AFL) veteran was assigned to the Valor. He has played for the Pittsburgh Power, Arizona Rattlers and Tampa Bay Storm. He has career totals of 560 receptions for 6,908 yards and 141 touchdowns.

“Mike has had an outstanding career in the AFL, he is a very explosive receiver and kick returner who can impact a game at any point,” said Cokinos. “We are very excited to have Mike join our organization. He is a first class individual who will represent the Valor well.”

OL DJ Brandel is entering his second year in the AFL. He spent his rookie season with the Cleveland Gladiators. Brandel attended Chapman College where he was a First Team All-Conference and Offensive Lineman of the Year during his junior and senior years.

Second year player OL Jarien Moreland has been assigned to the Valor after spending the 2016 season with the Portland Steel. He is joined by rookie OL Kamalie Matthews of Murray State University and rookie OL Derrick Okafor of Southern Baptist University.

Cokinos added, “With Brandel, Matthews, Moreland and Okaror we get a good blend of veteran and rookie big men which is essential to our growth as a team up front. All four are versatile and talented players that will strengthen our overall roster.”

Full season-ticket memberships are currently on sale for the inaugural season by joining our Valor Gridiron 365 Club. Full season tickets start at just $15 per game and include year-round, all-encompassing benefits as a part of your membership. Fans can secure their season tickets for the Valor by calling 202-661-5005 or visiting For more information on joining the Gridiron 365 Club e-mail our membership team at

Single game tickets for the 2017 season will go on sale to the general public in the coming weeks. The full promotional schedule, including giveaways, theme nights and food and beverage specials, plus the entire broadcast schedule release is forthcoming.

The Washington Valor are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The company also owns and operates the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. MSE also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex– the training facility for the Washington Capitals and EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. Monumental Sports Network, a digital platform that covers the region’s sports and entertainment news, is also owned by MSE. Visit for more information.