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Aubrey Bledsoe’s present is on the soccer pitch. Her future, she hopes, is in the boardroom.

Aubrey Bledsoe plans to play pro soccer for the foreseeable future. At 29, she is middle-aged for a goalkeeper. She was voted the best keeper in the National Women’s Soccer League in 2019 and ascended into the U.S. national team player pool.

Yet as she continues polishing her skills and anchoring the Washington Spirit’s defense entering the NWSL’s ninth season, Bledsoe is also laying the groundwork for her long-term ambitions.

That is why, each Monday evening and every other Friday night this spring, she opens her laptop and logs into two virtual classes — legal and ethical issues, and management information — as part of the MBA program at Shenandoah University, a Winchester, Va.