Estefania Banini

Washington Spirit

Injuries, set pieces haunt Washington Spirit in 3-2 loss to the North Carolina Courage

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An injury to Estelle Johnson overshadowed a hard-fought loss to the league leaders

Despite finally managing to score on the North Carolina Courage after two shutout losses earlier this year, the Washington Spirit still couldn't solve their nemesis. North Carolina completed a season sweep, winning 3-2 thanks to two goals from Jess McDonald and another from Samantha Mewis.

Washington Spirit go toe-to-toe with Portland Thorns, but drop 2-1 decision

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Despite plenty of chances, Washington's NWSL winless streak extended to four at Providence Park

A familiar pattern returned once again for the Washington Spirit, who fell 2-1 to the Portland Thorns despite creating enough chances to win the game. Havana Solaun gave Washington a lead in the 58th minute, but close-range finishes from Allie Long and Mallory Weber gave the home side a win that kept them in third place overall.

Estefania Banini returns to the Washington Spirit

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The Spirit's 2016 leading goalscorer is coming back to the NWSL after playing in Spain

Estefania Banini's long-rumored return to the Washington Spirit is a done deal. As first reported by the Washington Post's Steve Goff, Banini - Washington's top goalscorer in 2016 and the NWSL Player of the Month last July - is coming back to the club after spending a season in Spain with Valencia's women's team:

Insider has learned Argentina's Estefania Banini, @WashSpirit leading scorer last year, returning to NWSL club after 1 season at Valencia

— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) June 19, 2017

Rumors of Banini returning had been in place virtually since her departure, as the Spirit had offered her a deal at the time that she opted to sign with Valencia.

It looks like Estefania Banini has left the Washington Spirit for Valencia CF

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All signs point to the Spirit's top scorer in 2016 having signed with Spanish club Valencia's women's team

Though the Washington Spirit haven't officially announced Estefania Banini's departure from the club, the signs are pointing to the Argentine playmaker not playing with the Spirit in 2017.

WNY Flash win 2016 NWSL championship on PKs

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The Spirit were set to win the championship - until the Flash flipped the script.

WNY Flash starting XI: Sabrina D'Angelo, Abby Dahlkemper, Elizabeth Eddy, Abby Erceg, Jaelene Kinkle, Alanna Kennedy, Samantha Mewis, McCall Zerboni, Jessica McDonald, Lynn Williams, Makenzy Doniak

Washington Spirit starting XI: Kelsey Wys, Shelina Zadorsky, Megan Oyster, Ali Krieger, Caprice Dydasco, Whitney Church, Victoria Huster, Christine Nairn, Francisca Ordega, Crystal Dunn, Estefania Banini

It was a sunny day in Houston when the Washington Spirit met the Western New York Flash.

Cali Farquharson to miss rest of Washington Spirit season

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The rookie forward tore her ACL on Wednesday

Last night, the Washington Spirit clinched a home-field semifinal butunfortunately rookie Cali Farquharson won't be playing in it. The Spirit forward injured her knee two minutes into Wednesday's match, and the club confirmed yesterday that she suffered a torn ACL.

Washington Spirit regain their rhythm in 2-0 win over Orlando Pride

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In an emotional night at the Maryland Soccerplex, a strong first half performance leads the Spirit past Orlando

In front of a record 5,750 fans, the Washington Spirit returned to their early season dominance, beating the Orlando Pride 2-0. Estefania Banini gave the Spirit a 9th minute lead, while Francisca Ordega struck five minutes before halftime to help the Spirit to their fifth win of the season.

Spirit throw away their chances, settle for scoreless draw against Thorns

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The Spirit dropped their first points of the season in a 0-0 tie against the Portland Thorns

In each of the Washington Spirit's first three games, the team earned a win despite numerous missed opportunities on offense. This Saturday, the Spirit couldn't succeed in spite of their inefficiency.

Spirit beat Boston Breakers 1-0 in season opener

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A bicycle kick from Joanna Lohman lifts the Spirit to a 1-0 win in the first game of the 2016 NWSL season

The Washington Spirit kicked off the first game of the historic fourth season of the NWSL on Saturday, April 16. Maryland native Joanna Lohman scored a bicycle kick within three minutes of kickoff to propel her side to an early lead over the visiting Boston Breakers.

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Women's Football in South America: Seriously, Give These Girls Some Freakin' Money

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Behold! The Female Messi!
Women's football fans, how many times have we heard this story: there are hundreds (or is it thousands?) of Martas all over Brazil, which means that there are assloads of young, undiscovered talent that the Brazilian football federation is not recognizing, mainly because the Brazilian football federation isn't entirely convinced that their women's teams are worth spending cash on.