2017 Washington Spirit season

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Washington Spirit
2017 season
General Manager Chris Hummer
Head Coach Jim Gabarra
Stadium Maryland SoccerPlex
NWSL 10th
Top goalscorer Mallory Pugh (6)
Highest home attendance 5,200
(July 8 vs. Orlando)
Lowest home attendance 2,365
(Aug 30 vs. North Carolina)
Average home league attendance 3,491
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors
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The 2017 season is Washington Spirit's fifth season, competing in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States.

Review

In the aftermath of finishing 2016 runners-up, the Spirit saw a series of key departures including captain Ali Krieger (traded to Orlando Pride), Christine Nairn and Diana Matheson (both traded to Seattle Reign), and Crystal Dunn leaving for Chelsea, while retaining her contracting rights. In addition to the departures, key injuries to Joanna Lohman, Francisca Ordega, and goalkeeper Kelsey Wys limited the Spirit's playing options.

Unable to adequately replace these players, the Spirit struggled to compete throughout the 2017 season ultimately finishing last (10th) for the first time since the inaugural season.[1] However, building for the future, Gabarra was able to recruit U.S. national team prospect, Mallory Pugh midseason.[2] Pugh would go on to lead the team in scoring, registering 6 goals in 16 games.[3]

Club

Roster

The first-team roster of Washington Spirit.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Canada GK Stephanie Labbé (FP)
2 United States FW Arielle Ship
3 United States DF Caprice Dydasco
4 Canada DF Shelina Zadorsky (FP)
5 United States DF Whitney Church
6 United States DF Kassey Kallman
7 Denmark MF Line Sigvardsen Jensen
8 Canada FW Lindsay Agnew
9 United States MF Havana Solaun
10 Argentina FW Estefanía Banini
11 United States FW Mallory Pugh (FP)
12 United States MF Morgan Proffitt
No. Position Player
14 Nigeria FW Francisca Ordega
15 United States MF Joanna Lohman
17 United States FW Cali Farquharson
18 United States GK Kelsey Wys
20 United States FW Cheyna Williams
21 United States GK DiDi Haracic
22 United States DF Alyssa Kleiner
23 United States MF Tori Huster
24 United States DF Estelle Johnson
27 Chile FW Yanara Aedo
29 United States MF Megan Dougherty Howard
  • (FP) = Federation player

Team management

Owner Bill Lynch
General Manager Jim Gabarra
Head Coach Jim Gabarra

Source:[4]

Competitions

Preseason

On February 2, the Washington Spirit announced its preseason schedule.[5]

Regular season

Regular season standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 North Carolina Courage 24 16 1 7 38 22 +16 49 NWSL Shield
2 Portland Thorns FC (C) 24 14 5 5 37 20 +17 47 NWSL Playoffs
3 Orlando Pride 24 11 7 6 45 31 +14 40
4 Chicago Red Stars 24 11 6 7 33 30 +3 39
5 Seattle Reign FC 24 9 7 8 43 37 +6 34
6 Sky Blue FC 24 10 3 11 42 51 −9 33
7 FC Kansas City 24 8 7 9 29 31 −2 31
8 Houston Dash 24 7 3 14 23 39 −16 24
9 Boston Breakers 24 4 7 13 24 35 −11 19
10 Washington Spirit 24 5 4 15 30 48 −18 19
Source: NWSL
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(C) Champion.

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
24 5 4 15 30 48  −18 19 3 2 7 16 21  −5 2 2 8 14 27  −13

Last updated: October 1, 2017.
Source: Match reports

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Ground H A H H A H A H A H A H A A A A H A H H A A H H
Result L D L W L L L W D W L D L L W L D L L L L W L L
Position[n 1] 7 8 9 7 10 10 10 9 8 8 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10
Updated to match(es) played on October 1, 2017. Source: Match reports
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Postseason playoff

The Spirit struggled to gain any momentum during the 2017 season and were the first team to be eliminated from playoff contention after a home loss to the Chicago Red Stars on August 26 (Week 19).[6]

Squad statistics

Squad statistics are of regular season only

Appearances and goals

As of October 1, 2017[7]
No. Pos Nat Player Total NWSL
Apps Goals Apps Goals
Defenders:
3 DF United States Caprice Dydasco 16 0 16 0
4 DF Canada Shelina Zadorsky 21 0 21 0
5 DF United States Whitney Church 22 1 22 1
6 DF United States Kassey Kallman 17 0 17 0
12 DF United States Morgan Proffitt 3 0 3 0
22 DF United States Alyssa Kleiner 18 0 18 0
Midfielders:
9 MF United States Havana Solaun 24 5 24 5
10 MF Argentina Estefania Banini 9 1 9 1
15 MF United States Joanna Lohman 1 0 1 0
16 MF United States Cameron Castleberry 2 0 2 0
19 MF United States Kristie Mewis 8 2 8 2
23 MF United States Tori Huster 20 0 20 0
24 MF United States Estelle Johnson 20 2 20 2
29 MF United States Megan Dougherty Howard 23 1 23 1
Forwards:
2 FW United States Arielle Ship 14 1 14 1
7 FW Denmark Line Jensen 9 1 9 1
8 FW Canada Lindsay Agnew 8 0 8 0
11 FW United States Mallory Pugh 16 6 16 6
12 FW United States Katie Stengel 5 0 5 0
13 FW United States Crystal Thomas 1 0 1 0
14 FW Nigeria Francisca Ordega 14 4 14 4
17 FW United States Cali Farquharson 10 0 10 0
20 FW United States Cheyna Williams 21 5 21 5
27 FW Chile Yanara Aedo 0 0 0 0

Italics indicates player left team midway through season.

Goalkeeper Stats

Last updated: October 1 2017

No. Nat Player National Women's Soccer League
GP GS MIN W L D GA GAA CS
1 Canada Stephanie Labbe 17 17 1530 4 10 3 30 1.76 2
18 United States Kelsey Wys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
21 United States DiDi Haracic 7 7 630 1 5 1 18 2.57 0

Transfers

In

Date Player Number Position Previous Club Fee/Notes
November 17, 2016 United States Kristie Mewis 19 MF United States Boston Breakers Trade[8]
November 17, 2016 United States Kassey Kallman 6 DF United States Boston Breakers Trade[8]
December 21, 2016 United States Havana Solaun 9 MF United States Seattle Reign FC Trade for Rights, Signed[9][10]
February 10, 2017 United States DiDi Haracic 21 GK United States Washington Spirit Reserves Signed[11]
March 10, 2017 Canada Lindsay Agnew 8 FW United States Ohio State 2017 Draft Pick[12]
March 10, 2017 United States Megan Dougherty Howard 29 MF United States Florida 2017 Draft Pick[12]
April 5, 2017 United States Arielle Ship 2 FW United States California 2017 Draft Pick[13]
April 5, 2017 United States Cameron Castleberry 16 MF United States North Carolina 2017 Draft Pick[13]
April 27, 2017 United States Crystal Thomas 13 FW United States Georgetown University Signed[14]
May 13, 2017 United States Mallory Pugh 11 FW United States UCLA Signed via Distribution Ranking Order[15]
June 19, 2017 Argentina Estefanía Banini 10 FW Spain Valencia Féminas CF Signed pending international transfer certificate[16]
June 27, 2017 Chile Yanara Aedo 27 FW Spain Valencia Féminas CF Signed pending international transfer certificate[17]
August 23, 2017 United States Morgan Proffitt 12 MF United States Chicago Red Stars Signed after waived[18]

Out

Date Player Number Position New Club Fee/Notes
October 18, 2016 Argentina Estefanía Banini 10 MF Spain Valencia Féminas CF Free[19]
October 19, 2016 Spain Laura del Rio 57 FW Waived[20]
November 2, 2016 United States Ali Krieger 11 DF United States Orlando Pride Trade[21]
November 17, 2016 United States Megan Oyster 4 DF United States Boston Breakers Trade[8]
April 22, 2016 United States Christine Nairn 7 MF United States Seattle Reign FC Trade[9]
January 2, 2017 United States Crystal Dunn 19 FW England Chelsea L.F.C. Free[22]
January 23, 2017 Canada Diana Matheson 8 MF United States Seattle Reign FC Trade[23]
May 19, 2017 United States Crystal Thomas 13 FW Waived[24]
June 28, 2017 United States Katie Stengel 12 FW United States Boston Breakers Waived[25]
June 28, 2017 United States Cameron Castleberry 16 MF Waived[25]
August 21, 2017 United States Kristie Mewis 19 FW United States Chicago Red Stars Trade for 2018 First Round Draft Pick[26]

Honors

See also

References

  1. ^ Emily Kesel (October 24, 2017). "2017 NWSL season review: Washington Spirit". Vavel. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Washington Spirit acquires U.S. Women's National Team forward Mallory Pugh". washingtonspirit.com. May 13, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Emily Kesel (October 24, 2017). "2017 NWSL season review: Washington Spirit". vavel.com. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Washington Spirit". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "Washington Spirit Preseason Schedule Features First Ever Game in Virginia". nwslsoccer.com. February 2, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Washington Spirit's NWSL playoff hopes extinguished after 2-1 loss to Chicago Red Stars". Black and Red United. August 27, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "2017 NWSL Season Stats". soccerway.com. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Washington Spirit Acquires Kristie Mewis, Kassey Kallman, and No. 1 Spot in the Distribution Ranking Order from Boston Breakers". washingtonspirit.com. November 17, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Washington Spirit Acquires Havana Solaun, Three Draft Picks from Seattle Reign FC for Christine Nairn". washingtonspirit.com. November 10, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Washington Spirit Signs Midfielder Havana Solaun". washingtonspirit.com. December 21, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "Washington Spirit Signs Goalkeeper DiDi Haracic". washingtonspirit.com. February 10, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Spirit signs 2017 NWSL College Draft picks Lindsay Agnew and Meggie Dougherty Howard". washingtonspirit.com. March 10, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Washington Spirit officially signs rookies Arielle Ship and Cameron Castleberry". washingtonspirit.com. April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  14. ^ "Washington Spirit signs forward Crystal Thomas". washingtonspirit.com. April 27, 2017. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  15. ^ "Washington Spirit acquires U.S. Women's National Team forward Mallory Pugh". washingtonspirit.com. May 13, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Lombardo, Kayla (June 19, 2017). "Washington Spirit sign Argentine international forward Estefanía Banini". www.excellesports.com. Excelle Sports. Retrieved June 19, 2017. The Spirit's announcement lists her as a forward, while the team roster lists her as a midfielder.
  17. ^ Blakely, Chris (June 27, 2017). "Washington Spirit announce the signing of Yanara Aedo". Vavel. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  18. ^ "Washington Spirit claims midfielder Morgan Proffitt off NWSL waivers". August 23, 2017. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  19. ^ Caitlin Buckley (October 18, 2016). "It looks like Estefania Banini has left the Washington Spirit for Valencia CF". BlackandRedUnited.com. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  20. ^ Caitlin Buckley (October 19, 2016). "Washington Spirit waive Laura del Rio, Estefania Banini still might return". BlackandRedUnited.com. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  21. ^ "Washington Spirit Defender Ali Krieger Traded to Orlando Pride". washingtonspirit.com. November 2, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  22. ^ "Washington Spirit Forward Crystal Dunn to Play for Chelsea Ladies FC". washingtonspirit.com. January 3, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  23. ^ Steven Goff (January 23, 2017). "Washington Spirit trades Diana Matheson to Seattle Reign". Washington Post. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  24. ^ "Washington Spirit waives forward Crystal Thomas". Washington Spirit. May 19, 2017. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  25. ^ a b "Washington Spirit waives Katie Stengel and Cameron Castleberry". Washington Spirit. June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  26. ^ "Washington Spirit trades Mewis to Chicago for 2018 NWSL College Draft first round pick". Washington Spirit. August 21, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  27. ^ "April Team of the Month announced". NWSLsoccer.com. May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  28. ^ "Spirit forward Francisca Ordega honored as NWSL Player of the Week". Washington Spirit. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  29. ^ "Estelle Johnson, Stephanie Labbé named to NWSL Team of the Month for June". Washington Spirit. June 30, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  30. ^ "Save of the Week: Stephanie Labbé". National Women's Soccer League. July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  31. ^ "Save of the Week: Stephanie Labbé". Washington Spirit. July 17, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  32. ^ "Player of the Week: Arielle Ship". Washington Spirit. August 8, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  33. ^ "Save of the Week: DiDi Haracic and Whitney Church". Washington Spirit. September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  34. ^ "Player of the Week: Whitney Church". Washington Spirit. September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
Match reports (preseason)
  1. ^ "Washington Spirit Opens Preseason with 3–0 Win over Penn State University". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Washington Spirit Stays Undefeated in Preseason with 5–0 Win over UNC". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Washington Spirit continues undefeated preseason with win over Duke University". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Washington Spirit shuts out UVA 2–0, completing undefeated preseason". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
Match reports (regular season)
  1. ^ "Washington Spirit drops 1–0 decision to NC Courage in season opener". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
Notes
  1. ^ Washington Spirit's position in the league at the end of match day

External links

  • Official website
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