Washington Spirit

Yanara Aedo

Washington Spirit sign Chilean forward Yanara Aedo

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Aedo played for the Spirit's reserve team

The Washington Spirit signed Chilean attacker Yanara Aedo, the club announced this evening. Aedo played for the Washington Spirit Reserves and practiced with the team during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Two players will be waived later this week to make room for Estefania Banini and Aedo's arrival.

Washington Spirit sign Chilean forward Yanara Aedo

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Aedo played for the Spirit's reserve team in recent years

The Washington Spirit signed Chilean attacker Yanara Aedo, the club announced this evening. Aedo played for the Washington Spirit Reserves and practiced with the team during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Per the club, two players will be waived later this week to make room for the arrival of Aedo and Estefania Banini.

D.C. United

DMV pro soccer recaps, USMNT jersey leaks & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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This is a little more serious than usual.

Hi. Off we go:

Recaps of Toronto FC's 2-0 win over D.C. United from us (with more from us here), MLS and WaPo. Waking The Red has the GTO take.

Ordega's goal helps Spirit to 1-1 tie at Chicago - Black And Red United: Francisca Ordega helped celebrate Caprice Dydasco's return to the roster by scoring as the Washington Spirit drew with the Chicago Red Stars, putting them 8th in the NWSL.

Mal Pugh injured, 2017 US Open Cup draw, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/16/2017

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Also, a warning to prepare yourself for the rapidly approaching battle with the robots

Fighting off sleep to put this together, so this will be a short one.

2017 US Open Cup draw pairs D.C. United with the New England Revolution | Black and Red United
Mostly linking this over again so I can go on record with my hunches on who gets through:

D.

US to win 2026 World Cup?, NWSL kicks off 5th season, and more: Freedom Kicks for 4/14/2017

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Not much D.C. United news yesterday, but the Washington Spirit have you covered

The fifth NWSL season starts tomorrow, and the Washington Spirit are at home. There's even plenty of time between the end of their game and kickoff of D.C. United's trip to face the Metros for you to go up to the Plex and still make it home.

Kekuta Manneh trade, D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union, Washington Spirit, & more: Freedom Kicks for 3/31/2017

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DCU vs. Doop and Jack Burton vs. Lo Pan

Guess what? I said too much in a Freedom Kicks post, so this intro is going to be really short.

Ian Harkes previews the Philadephia Union | DCUnited.com
Since we talked about bad DCU news yesterday, let's start off with the palate cleanser that is an actual soccer game.

Mallory Pugh

Francisca Ordega’s goal helps Washington Spirit to 1-1 tie at Chicago Red Stars

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Missing multiple starters, the Spirit managed a gritty road draw against one of the best teams in the NWSL

Francisca Ordega scored just before halftime to help the Washington Spirit scrape a 1-1 tie on the road against the Chicago Red Stars. Chicago was the favorite this afternoon, but couldn't create much against a stubborn Spirit side.

Mallory Pugh introduced at Washington Spirit, Mexico World Cup qualifying roster announced, & more: Freedom Kicks for May 17, 2017

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Pugh, Pugh, Pugh!

Happy Wednesday folks. Soccer news was all over the place yesterday, so let's get into it:

Mallory Pugh steps into pro soccer, and increased expectations, with Washington Spirit | Washington Post

Mallory Pugh is officially announced as the newest member of the Washington Spirit, and now the expectations for her development as a pro have spiked.

Mallory Pugh signs with NWSL, joins Washington Spirit

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What seemed like an improbable outcome has come true, and the Spirit have themselves a bona fide star in the making

Mallory Pugh is coming to the DMV. The USWNT attacker confirmed today that she has signed with the NWSL, and via the league's distribution ranking order will sign with the Washington Spirit.

Europa League final, Mal Pugh, Washington Spirit, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/12/2017

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D.C. United and the Spirit prep for games, and the Dynamo hosts the Whitecaps

Happy Friday! Or, dreary Friday. It's dreary. What is this? It's May and I'm having to bring a jacket everywhere.

Let's start the day with some good news:

2 weeks ago I was pushed out of surgery in a wheel chair.

Houston Dash

Houston Dash vs Washington Spirit Preview: Dash prepare for first game post-Waldrum

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The Houston Dash are on the road this weekend.

The Dash head to Maryland this weekend where they will face the Spirit in their first game this season since Houston and Head Coach Randy Waldrum parted ways. With a 2-win 5-loss record, I think it goes without saying that the Dash are looking for a huge W on Saturdayagainst the Spirit and their 1-win, 1-draw, and 5-loss record.

Bad start dooms Washington Spirit in 1-0 loss to visiting Houston Dash

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An injury-riddled Spirit attack couldn't create the necessary chances to get a result

The Washington Spirit's attack stumbled on Saturday night as the team posted a 1-0 defeat against the Houston Dash. Houston forward Kealia Ohai scored in the 28th minute, capping off a dominant start for the visitors.

Houston Dash vs Washington Spirit Final Score: Ohai scores lone goal as Dash defeat Spirit

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Kealia Ohai showcased why she's among the top forwards in the NWSL.

Kealia Ohai showcased why she's one of the best forwards in the league. The Dash captain scored the lone goal of the match to lead Houston to their second win of the season against the Washington Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD.

Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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An injury-depleted Spirit face a beleaguered Dash

After the Washington Spirit entered the season with three players out due to ACL tears, it was hard to see how things could get worse. But then Joanna Lohman tore her ACL in the opening minutes of the season and three additional Spirit players will also be out today.

Houston Dash waive forward, trade Orlando for defender

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The Houston Dash had a busy Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the Houston Dash announced that they had waived forward Stephanie Ochs. She played in 12 games for the Houston Dash last season. She had been with the club since 2014 when she was acquired from the Washington Spirit.

"We appreciate everything Stephanie has done to help the club and the sport grow in Houston," head coach Randy Waldrum said via release.

Thorns Preseason Tournament Preview

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Time to get excited, folks

Ah, springtime in Portland. The cherry trees are in bloom. The weather has changed from persistent rain to bursts of sun interspersed with more rain. Best of all, the NWSL's annual six-month drought is over, and the girls in red are back in town.

Before the regular season gets underway April 15 against Orlando, we get a four-team preseason tournament this week, with Portland hosting the Houston Dash, the Chicago Red Stars, and the USWNT U-23s.

Sky Blue FC

Chapman and Leon called up for Canada

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More international players are getting called away as teams take advantage of the FIFA window.

Allysha Chapman and Adriana Leon have both been called up to Canada's 19-player roster for upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica. Canada will play Costa Rica on June 8 and June 11 in Winnipeg and Toronto respectively.

Washington Spirit pick up first win, beat Sky Blue 4-3

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Ordega dominates as the Spirit get their first win of the season in a wild game

The Washington Spirit earned their first win of the 2017 NWSL season with a 4-3 win against Sky Blue FC. Francisca Ordega posted a dominant game for the Spirit, scoring two goals, forcing an own goal, and setting up the Spirit's third goal.

Kristie Mewis

Washington Spirit vs. FC Kansas City 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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Mal Pugh is probably going to debut as the Spirit look to bounce back against FCKC

Mallory Pugh is expected to make her debut tonight for the Washington Spirit as the team faces FC Kansas City in the first of a home and away series. Mal Pugh's signing was announced last Saturday and the 19-year-old will likely make her first NWSL appearance tonight.

Watch the Washington Spirit’s Line Sigvardsen Jensen score a golazo

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This game was played in Leesburg, but LS7 took this shot from somewhere in Winchester

The Washington Spirit have scored some pretty great goals thus far in the preseason. Kristie Mewis has managed to score with a rocket from outside the box in both of the Spirit's games thus far, Cheyna Williams torched UNC for a solo goal, and there were a couple of well-worked passing sequences resulting in goals in both of matches.

Washington Spirit thump UNC Tar Heels for their second straight preseason win

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Kristie Mewis and Line Sigvardsen Jensen both produced golazos at the Evergreen Sportsplex

The Washington Spirit got five goals from five different players on Saturday night to beat the University of North Carolina 5-0. Despite a slow start, the Spirit's attack strengthened throughout the night.

Washington Spirit roll out 3-5-2 in preseason win over Penn State

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Newcomer Kristie Mewis scored twice as the Spirit won their first preseason contest

Washington Spirit midfielder Kristie Mewis scored two goals to lead her new club to a 3-0 win over Penn State. Katie Stengel, who scored four goals last season, converted a penalty kick while also getting an assist on the first of Mewis's goals.

Seattle Reign

Seattle Reign vs Washington Spirit: Player Ratings

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A nearly perfect attacking performance hid some defensive flaws in an entertaining game.

It was another week where Seattle Reign FC presented their line-up as a 3-4-3, but in reality it played as their standard 4-3-3 with the wide forwards dropping back to help the midfield when defending.

The Washington Spirit offense relies on the speedy front line of Cheyna Williams and Francisca Ordega, along with wide play by Havana Solaun.

Major Link Soccer: Mallory Pugh to be introduced today

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After weeks of speculation, the 19-year-old will finally play for an NWSL club.

Seattle

It was a great weekend for the Seattle Reign. After demolishing the Washington Spirit 6-2 on Saturday, the Reign have taken the top spot in Power Rankings.

Haley Kopmeyer is up for Save of the Week for her late game reaction save that kept the Spirit to just two goals on the afternoon.

Seattle Reign vs. Washington Spirit 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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Washington is looking to build on last week's success

After struggling at the start of the 2017 season, the Washington Spirit posted an electric performance last Saturday, beating Sky Blue 4-3. The Spirit had trouble on offense in their first three games, but managed to score four goals last weekend.

Seattle Reign v. Washington Spirit: Three Questions

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Black and Red United is here to help you better get to know Seattle's opponent.

Seattle Reign FC are hungry for three points as the squad heads into its first of two home matches. On Saturday, May 13, Laura Harvey and team kick off at 1 p.m. against the Washington Spirit.

Both teams are coming off performances where they showed promising attacking moments.

Seattle Reign vs. Washington Spirit: 3 questions with Sounder at Heart

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Our friends from the second Washington help us figure out what to expect from the Reign today

Ahead of the Washington Spirit's trip west to face Seattle Reign FC, we wanted to know more about what to expect from Laura Harvey's side. As such, we asked the folks who know them best. Susie Rantz from Sounder at Heart answers our questions, and then poses a few of her own.

Seattle Reign Scouting Report: West Coast, Best Coast

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Seattle Reign face the Washington Spirit on Saturday at home.

Coming off a thrilling rivalry match against the Portland Thorns that ended in a 2-2 draw, Seattle Reign FC (1-1-2) returns to Memorial Stadium this weekend to take on the Washington Spirit (1-2-1), a squad also looking for consistency and points.

Orlando Pride

Washington Spirit battle their way to a 1-1 draw against the Orlando Pride

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Despite Marta making her debut, the Spirit managed to collect their first point of the NWSL season

The Washington Spirit manage to scrape a tie against the Orlando Pride, picking up the club's first point of the 2017 season. Despite the Pride looking like the better team in the second half, the Spirit went up 1-0 thanks to Line Sigvardsen Jensen's header.

NWSL announces 2017 national TV schedule

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22 games, plus every playoff match, will be shown on Lifetime

The National Women's Soccer League, along with Lifetime, has announced the schedule for 2017's nationally televised games. 22 NWSL regular season matches will be shown on Lifetime at 4pm Eastern on Saturdays, as well as both semifinals and NWSL Championsip game.

The Rest

Washington Spirit waive Katie Stengel and Cameron Castleberry

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The Spirit needed to release two players to make space for Estefania Banini and Yanara Aedo

The Washington Spirit waived Katie Stengel and Cameron Castleberry, the club announced this afternoon. With the signings of forwards Estefania Banini and Yanara Aedo, the Spirit needed to clear two roster spots.

Thorns fall 1-0 to Spirit

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Portland posts their second straight loss in a slog on the road

Portland fell 1-0 on the road against the Washington Spirit, dropping three points for the second week in a row in a sluggish game that saw missteps by the Thorns on both ends of the ball.

Recap

Washington got a number of chances in the first half, starting in the 9th minute, when Havana Solaun got a shot past Celeste Boureille in the penalty area.

Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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The Spirit, with only one home game between now and mid-August, need to take three points against the Thorns

The Washington Spirit, coming off of a 1-1 draw in Chicago, face the Portland Thorns tonight in a key match for both teams. The Thorns suffered a disappointing 3-1 home loss to Sky Blue FC last week and are looking to bounce back tonight and in their upcoming midweek game.

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.

D.C. draws, Mal Pugh scores & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Nine Inch Nails.

First things first, thanks to those who came out to our tailgate Saturday. You are a very beautiful bunch of people, and based on the topics of discussion I participated or eavesdropped in, you're smart too. We're lucky to have you.

Recaps of D.

Injuries, surprises, and the Washington Spirit: Looking back on the first month of the season

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State of the Spirit looks back on the opening four weeks of the NWSL season

The start to 2017 has been tough for the Washington Spirit. Fans and observers were heavily critical of their offseason moves, and then once the season got going they saw two vital starters forced out with injuries before they got to their first halftime of the year.

Champions League, Mal Pugh, and Bob the Builder: Freedom Kicks for 5/4/2017

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If you've got Star Wars jokes, make them good ones

Hello and happy May 4th! Today is Star Wars Day (may the fourth...) which means tons of jokes and references that are mediocre at best. On that joyful note, here are today's links.

Insider Notes: Latest on Mal Pugh's NWSL saga; LAFC interest in Schelotto | Sports Illustrated
Grant Wahl reports that young phenom Mal Pugh still doesn't want to go to the Washington Spirit but she is no longer Portland or bust.

Gambling, tax fraud, and Steve Birnbaum: Freedom Kicks for Thursday, April 27

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Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman will undergo ACL surgery this morning

Hello! From ESPN layoffs to tax fraud investigations, there was a lot of soccer news yesterday. Today, Washington Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman will undergo ACL surgery.

Tax fraud investigations are a bit too common with West Ham board - Brace The Hammer
West Ham owners Karren Brady and David Sullivan are getting investigated for tax fraud but there's a good chance this ends in nothing.

D.C. United and Washington Spirit get wins & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, the Basterds.

Hi. It's my first day back in the office after dropping my kid off for his first day of school, so I'll console my wife about this.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over the Philadelphia Union by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo.

Washington Spirit release 2017 preseason roster

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32 players named to the initial roster

Washington Spirit head coach Jim Gabarra named 32 players to the Spirit's initial preseason roster. The roster includes 14 non-roster invitees. The Spirit will play four preseason games against college teams.

Kelsey Wys and Cali Farquharson, who are each rehabbing torn ACLs are designated as Out-of-Market contracted players.