Washington Spirit

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Washington Spirit
Washington Spirit logo.svg
Full name Washington Spirit
Nickname(s) Spirit
Founded 2011; 6 years ago (2011) (as DCU Women)
Stadium Maryland SoccerPlex
Ground Capacity 4,000
Owner Bill Lynch[1]
Chairman Jim Gabarra
Head Coach Jim Gabarra
League National Women's Soccer League
Website Club website
Current season

The Washington Spirit is an American professional soccer club based in Germantown, Maryland that participates in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). It is a continuation of the D.C. United Women of the W-League and continues to field both an amateur WPSL team[2] and a youth team, both under the Spirit name.

History

Establishment

The foundation of the National Women's Soccer League was announced on November 21, 2012, with Washington selected as a host for one of the eight teams selected for the inaugural season.[3] In December 2012, the team's name was announced as the Washington Spirit. D.C. United Women head coach Mike Jorden was kept on as well as assistant coach Cindi Harkes. Harkes is the wife of former U.S. international and D.C. United star John Harkes.[4]

Inaugural season

On January 11, 2013 as part of the NWSL Player Allocation, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (USA), defender Ali Krieger (USA), midfielder Lori Lindsey (USA), defender Robyn Gayle (CAN), midfielder Diana Matheson (CAN), defender Alina Garciamendez (MEX) and midfielder Teresa Worbis (MEX) were named to the team.[5][6][7] During the February 7, 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft, the team selected Stephanie Ochs, Tori Huster, Jordan Angeli, Natasha Kai, Megan Mischler and Heather Cooke.[8][9]

2015 season

The Spirit finished the 2015 NWSL season with a record of 8-6-6.[10] Though the team advanced to the semifinals for the second season in a row, the Spirit fell to the Seattle Reign 3-0 and did not progress to the final match.[11] The Spirit's Crystal Dunn was awarded the league's Golden Boot award, for leading the league in goals. During the 2015 NWSL season, Dunn scored a total of 15 goals in 20 games.[12]

Colors and badge

In January 2013, the team unveiled its new colors and badge. The badge was designed to resemble a torch reflecting the notion of "Burning with Spirit." It also contains a crown that holds 11 stars to represent the 11 players on the field and a ball with a single star to represent the 12th player (the team's fans) placed where the fuel for the torch would be representing how the fans "fuel the spirit." All of the components of the badge are "wrapped in the Banner of Spirit for a patriotic theme honoring our flag and all of those who have given their lives and sacrificed much so we can enjoy the freedoms we have."[13]

The logo was designed by freelance designer, Pete Schwadel and incorporates the team colors of navy, red, and white further reinforcing the patriotic theme woven throughout the team's history. It also features both "Washington" and "DC" to represent the team's connection with the District and the greater Washington metropolitan area.[14]

Stadium

The Maryland SoccerPlex, located in Germantown, Maryland, has been home to the Washington Spirit since the inaugural 2013 season.[15] The Spirit play their home games at the main stadium, named Maureen Hendricks Field in June 2013 in honor of Hendricks’ role in the development of women’s professional soccer and the SoccerPlex facitlity.[16] The facility is also home to the Washington Spirit Reserves in the WPSL.

The stadium features seating for 4,000, including the general admission lawn, with corresponding restroom facilities, formal press box, and box office.[17] The grass playing field measures 115 x 75 yards.

The stadium has previously hosted a US Olympic qualifier, MLS Open Cup matches, a CONCACAF Champions League match, the ACC Men's Soccer Championships, USL and W League matches, training sessions for Argentina's Boca Juniors and the New Zealand National team. The US Youth Soccer National Championships were also held at the Maryland SoccerPlex.[18][19]

Supporters

The Spirit Squadron is the name of the supporter's group for the Spirit. The group was started by three friends – Ashley Nichols, Megan Wesson and Tory Johnson.[20] Of the group's founding, Nichols said, "... with a new league we needed to show the team as much support as possible because we really want a women's pro league to stay here in the United States. So between that and wanting to also provide a fun experience for fans, we decided to create the Spirit Squadron." [21]

Broadcasting

As of April 2017, Washington Spirit games are streamed exclusively by Go90 for American audiences and via the NWSL website for international viewers.[22] For the 2017 season, the Spirit will be featured in three nationally-televised Lifetime NWSL Game of the Week broadcasts on April 22,[23] June 17, and August 19, 2017.[24]

In 2016, the Spirit's NWSL Playoff game against the Chicago Red Stars was broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and was available for streaming on the company's online streaming platform, Fox Sports Go.[25]

Players and Staff

Current squad

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of June 28, 2017.[26]

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

Current Staff

As of April 2017 [27]
Head Coach Jim Gabarra
Assistant Coach Denise Reddy
Goalkeeper Coach Nicci Wright
Director of Sports Science Kevin Boyle
Assistant Coach Kati Jo Spisak
Athetic Trainer Pierre Soubrier

Front Office

As of April 2017 [28]
Owner Bill Lynch
President Chris Hummer
General Manager Jim Gabarra
Head Coach Jim Gabarra

Head Coaches

As of October 1 2017
Name Nat. From To M W D L Win % Notes
Mike Jorden United States April 6, 2012 July 1, 2013 11 1 3 7 9.1% First head coach[29][30]
Mark Parsons England July 1, 2013 September 30, 2015 57 20 13 24 35.1% [30][31]
Jim Gabarra United States October 14, 2015 present 44 17 7 20 38.6% [32]

Year-by-year

Year League Regular Season P W D L Pts Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2013 NWSL 8th Place 22 3 5 14 14 Did not qualify 3,620
2014 NWSL 4th Place 24 10 5 9 35 Semi-Finals 3,335
2015 NWSL 4th Place 20 8 6 6 30 Semi-Finals 4,087
2016 NWSL 2nd Place 20 12 3 5 39 Final 3,782
2017 NWSL 10th Place 24 5 4 15 19 Did not qualify 3,491

See also

References

  1. ^ "Bill Lynch - LinkedIn". Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Washington Spirit Reserves 2016 — Washington Spirit". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Soccer to announce new women’s professional league today". Leagues. Soccer Wire. November 21, 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Kassouf, Jeff. "New DC team named Washington Spirit". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "NWSL allocation easier said than done". ESPN. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Player distribution sees NWSL take shape". FIFA. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Bell, Jack (11 January 2013). "New Women’s League Allocates Players". New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "NWSL Supplemental Draft results". The Equalizer. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Washington Spirit focused on offense during the NWSL Supplemental Draft". NWSL News. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "MATHESON PENALTY NOT ENOUGH TO OVERCOME THE REIGN — Washington Spirit". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  11. ^ "WASHINGTON SPIRIT FALLS TO SEATTLE REIGN FC 3-0 IN HARD FOUGHT SEMIFINAL — Washington Spirit". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  12. ^ "WASHINGTON SPIRIT FORWARD CRYSTAL DUNN WINS 2015 NWSL GOLDEN BOOT — Washington Spirit". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  13. ^ "Spirit unveil new logo with a lot of meaning". Washington Spirit. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Linehan, Meg. "Washington Spirit revamp logo, add more VIP seats". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Washington Spirit Pro Team". Washington Spirit. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "Flash unbeaten in last six with win over Spirit". The Equalizer. June 15, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Maryland SoccerPlex Overview". MDSoccerPlex.com. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Washington Spirit sets schedule". Washington Post. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Maryland SoccerPlex". Maryland SoccerPlex. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "About the Squadron". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "NWSL Supporters Groups ready for the season to start". NWSL News. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "NWSL, go90 announce exclusive streaming partnership". Black and Red United (SBNation). Vox Media. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  23. ^ "S2017 E2 Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit". Lifetime. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime schedule". National Women's Soccer League. April 16, 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  25. ^ "WNT on TV: Washington Spirit vs Chicago Red Stars". US Soccer. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  26. ^ "Current Roster". Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  27. ^ http://washingtonspirit.com/coaching-staff/ Spirit Coaching Staff Reference
  28. ^ http://washingtonspirit.com/team/front-office/ Spirit Front Office
  29. ^ "D.C. United Women Name Mike Jorden First Head Coach". washingtonspirit.com. April 6, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  30. ^ a b Sean Sedam (July 1, 2013). "Washington Spirit Fire Coach Mike Jorden". Germantown Patch. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  31. ^ Steven Goff (September 30, 2015). "Mark Parsons steps down as Washington Spirit coach and GM". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  32. ^ Steven Goff (October 14, 2015). "Soccer Insider Jim Gabarra named coach, general manager of Washington Spirit". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
  • DC Spirit Squadron on Twitter
  • Dc DC Spirit Squadron on Facebook
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