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Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew, D.C. United news, and more: Freedom Kicks for 11/30/2017

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A hectic day in the soccer world

Hello! There was a ton of soccer news yesterday so I'll dive right into it.

D.C. United announces 2017 contract decisions, Sean Franklin among cuts - Black And Red United
D.C. United declined to exercise 2018 contract options on five players including Sean Franklin.

Spirit loses, transfer day window closes & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/31/17

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Also if you're a D.C. United goalkeeper, you got profiled this week.

Hi, I'll be your Caitlin today. I don't kill it like she does, but I'll give it a shot. Since today is the last day for England's transfer window, if you have a rooting interest, feel free to visit the SBN mothership for more.

USMNT roster, D.C. United scores (and wins!), and more: Freedom Kicks for August 28

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It wasn't all good news, as the Spirit lost, but still a busy weekend

Hello. I'm here for Ryan today since the Spirit have a home game this Wednesday night and sleep is something I like. Happy Monday morning/last week of summer and any other cheery greetings you'd like.

D.C. United makes it three straight 1-0 wins in victory over New England Revolution - Black and Red United
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D.C. soccer teams sweep wins, injuries during celebrations & more: Freedom Kicks for 8/21/17

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Some strange things afoot today.

Hi there. This weekend, in summation:

A musical accompaniment to last night's goal #dcu #mls #Rapids96 pic.twitter.com/pEirKiosDC

— Ben Bromley (@BRUBromley) August 20, 2017

Recaps of D.

USMNT impresses, the Spirit and Kickers depress & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, go see Baby Driver.

Howdy. Whatever did you do over the break?

Recaps of the United States' 3-0 win over Nicaragua and advancing out of Group B in the CONCACAF Gold Cup by us, Stars and Stripes FC and WaPo.

Wasteful Spirit fall 2-1 to the Dash (us): While the Houston Dash were missing Carli Lloyd, they were able to hang on for a win over the Washington Spirit, who remain in the NWSL basement.

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Adriana Leon nominated for Canada Soccer player of the year

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A good capper on a good year.

Boston Breakers forward Adriana Leon has been nominated for Canada Soccer's 2017 player of the year.

It's a very nice nod to a player who was seemingly out of the squad a couple of years ago but worked her way back in, notching three goals in six games for her country on top of six goals and six assists for her club.

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

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Two injury-riddled teams are looking to figure some things out for the future

2017 has been a rough season for both the Washington Spirit and the Boston Breakers, who sit 9th and 10th in the NWSL standings at the moment. Injuries have hit both teams, as has a tendency to not turn good performances into actual results.

Spirit score more goals in 1 day than DCU does in 2, and more: 8/14/17 Freedom Kicks

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Some familiar names bubbling up and such also.

Hi. Did you all dry out yet? Anyway, Sunday night games suck for those of us scrambling for links. Minor gripe, I know.

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake from us (with more from us here), WaPo and MLS. RSL Soapbox has the land of Mormon.

Boston Breakers come back for 2-2 tie against Washington Spirit

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Adriana Leon and Abby Smith did their best to drag Boston to a result.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Midge Purce, Julie King, Megan Oyster, Allysha Chapman, Angela Salem, Morgan Andrews, Rosie White, Adriana Leon, Katie Stengel, Tiffany Weimer

The Boston Breakers went into this game against the Washington Spirit with a much-weakened back line and it showed.

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

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The Spirit need a win against a team that has given them trouble throughout their history

After a stretch in which they played four straight road games (and five of six total games since July 1st), the Washington Spirit return home in dire need of points. Hosting the Boston Breakers, Washington is looking at a situation in which they need to make up a nine point gap in eight games to get into the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Washington Spirit

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Who can stay off the bottom of the table?

The Boston Breakers will play the Washington Spirit away tomorrow. These are two teams who have, frustratingly, missed some crucial pieces at times this season, but who are both capable of turning in scintillating performances. The problem is consistency.

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Denise Reddy leaves Washington Spirit to become Sky Blue FC’s head coach

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The Spirit assistant coach and Maryland DA director is taking over New Jersey's NWSL club

Washington Spirit assistant coach Denise Reddy will leave the Spirit to become head coach at Sky Blue FC. Reddy joined the Spirit alongside current head coach Jim Gabarra in 2016 after coaching for several years in Europe and as an assistant coach for the WPS-era Chicago Red Stars.

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.

Arielle Ship leads Washington Spirit to comeback win over Sky Blue FC

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A breakout from the rookie attacker sparked a halftime turnaround for Washington

At the halftime whistle tonight, the Washington Spirit trudged off the field extremely fortunate to only be down 1-0 against Sky Blue FC. However, the Spirit - sparked by a breakout performance from rookie Arielle Ship - transformed during the break, storming their way to a 4-1 win.

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Francisca Ordega joins Atletico Madrid on loan

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The Washington Spirit striker will be playing in Spain during the NWSL offseason

Washington Spirit forward Francisca Ordega will spend her offseason in Spain on loan with Atletico Madrid. Ordega remains under contract with the Spirit, and with the Spanish season ending in March, should be back just in time for the start of the 2018 NWSL season.

Tori Huster to join Newcastle Jets on loan

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The Washington Spirit's longest tenured player will spend this winter in Australia

Washington Spirit midfielder Tori Huster will return to Australia to play for the W-League's Newcastle Jets. It's a familiar move for Huster, who has previously spent time with Newcastle in 2012 and 2014. Additionally, the 28 year old spent the 2013 Australian season playing for the Western Sydney Wanderers.

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Seattle Reign FC v Washington Spirit: player ratings

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Once again, late-game heroics from Jess Fishlock helped Reign FC finish the season on a positive note.

In their final game of 2017, Seattle Reign FC visited the Washington Spirit, looking to end the season on a positive note, give some depth players an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities and help evaluate what the team has going forward into 2018.

Washington Spirit’s Mallory Pugh called up for USWNT duty

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Jill Ellis has selected 22 players to face New Zealand later this month

Mallory Pugh is the sole Washington Spirit representative on the latest United States women's national team roster. Jill Ellis called up 22 players for an upcoming pair of friendlies against New Zealand. The USWNT will play the Kiwis on September 15th at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and on September 19th at Nippert Stadium, the home of FC Cincinnati.

2017 Gold Cup semifinals set, Michael Carrick to Colorado?, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/21/2017

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More talk about nipples, bite marks, and the surface of the sun than normal, because the soccer world is getting weird

Hey everyone! Still reeling from Wednesday night? Yup. Spent most of Thursday trying not to deal with soccer's current harsh realities, and I've got to say it helped a little bit.

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Whitney Church named NWSL Player of the Week

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Spirit goalkeeper DiDi Haracic finished third after Washington's 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC

Washington Spirit center back Whitney Church was named NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for her performance in the Spirit's 2-1 comeback win against Sky Blue FC this weekend. Church scored her first-ever professional goal and also contributed to a excellent defensive performance against a club featuring the league's leading goal scorer.

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

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An injury-plagued Spirit side faces a Sky Blue side on the brink of elimination

With the season winding to a close, the Washington Spirit face Sky Blue FC tonight, a team fighting to stay in playoff contention. Playoffs aren't a possibility for the Spirit and Washington, hard-hit by injuries, only has 15 players available this evening.

Portland Thorns shut out Washington Spirit 4-0

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The Thorns shut out the Washington Spirit 4-0 today, the Thorns' sixth straight home win and 12th win of the season. The win means that with a Sky Blue loss or draw tomorrow, Portland will clinch a playoff berth.

With Hayley Raso sitting out due to yellow card accumulation, Mark Parsons started Allie Long at striker.

Washington Spirit forward Arielle Ship wins NWSL Player of the Week

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A dominant second half against Sky Blue was recognized today by the NWSL Media Association

Washington Spirit forward Arielle Ship, thanks to a one goal/two assist performance against Sky Blue FC, was named the NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association. Ship's play was instrumental in Washington overturning a 1-0 halftime deficit, allowing the Spirit to come away 4-1 winners.

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Washington Spirit fall 4-0 on road against Portland Thorns

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Injuries and fatigue compounded defensive mistakes

Two corner kicks and a penalty call made the Washington Spirit's injury woes worse on Saturday afternoon as the Spirit fell 4-0 on the road against the Portland Thorns. Washington posted a good first fifteen minutes but then Portland turned the tide and scored three goals in the first half.

Portland Thorns vs Washington Spirit: How to Watch, Match Thread

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The Thorns take on the Washington Spirit tonight at Providence Park in their second of three consecutive home matches. After upsetting the North Carolina Courage last week in one of their more comprehensive performances to date, Portland will look to get three points out of bottom-of-the-table Washington and remain in playoff position.

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Washington Spirit’s NWSL playoff hopes extinguished after 2-1 loss to Chicago Red Stars

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Despite a late equalizer, the Spirit fell to goals from Christen Press and Kristie Mewis

It was a familiar tune Saturday night at the Maryland Soccerplex, where the Washington Spirit fell 2-1 to the Chicago Red Stars. The Spirit had plenty of possession in the final third but exited the first half without a shot on goal, gave up a goal to Kristie Mewis - the player Washington just traded to Chicago - midway through the half.

Washington Spirit pick up Morgan Proffitt

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Chicago waived Proffitt after acquiring Kristie Mewis in trade with Washington

After the Chicago Red Stars acquired Kristie Mewis in a trade with the Washington Spirit on Monday, Chicago waived rookie midfielder Morgan Proffitt to make room. Today, the Spirit claimed Proffitt off the waiver wire.

Washington Spirit trade Kristie Mewis to Chicago Red Stars

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In exchange the Spirit received a first round draft pick

The Washington Spirit started to make moves for next year with today's trade that sent Kristie Mewis to the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for either their natural 1st round draft pick or the Seattle Reign's first rounders (which Chicago hold), whichever is higher.

Alex Morgan and Marta both score as the Orlando Pride trounce the Washington Spirit

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The Spirit saw a four-game road trek end with a resounding defeat

The inconsistency that has dogged the Washington Spirit all season came back again tonight, as they followed Friday's 4-1 road win with a 3-0 road loss to the Orlando Pride. Marta, Camila, and Alex Morgan scored three goals in a twelve minute span during the second half, as Washington saw an even game slowly drift out of their grasp from the 40th minute onward.

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.

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Briana Scurry named Washington Spirit first assistant coach

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The World Cup and Olympic champion will also serve as technical advisor to both Spirit Development Academy teams

The Washington Spirit have named USWNT legend Briana Scurry to their technical staff, where she will function as the team's first assistant coach as well as being an advisor for the Maryland and Virginia Development Academy programs.

Washington Spirit announce Richmond preseason game vs. North Carolina Courage

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It's the second game the Spirit will play in Virginia during the 2018 preseason

The Washington Spirit have announced a second preseason game for the 2018 season, confirming today that they will face the North Carolina Courage at Richmond's City Stadium on March 17 at 7:00pm. The game will be the first ever appearance by an NWSL side in the city of Richmond.

Reign FC goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel announces retirement

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She retires with a perfect record in NWSL.

Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel has announced her retirement from professional soccer, completing a two-year professional career that saw her play with Avaldsnes IL in the Norwegian Toppserien in 2016 before coming to Seattle as part of a trade with the Washington Spirit last November.

Adriana Leon named NWSL player of the week

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It's a sign of the things the team is doing right.

After a rousing 3-0 away victory over the Washington Spirit this past weekend, Adriana Leon has been named the NWSL player of the week. She recorded a goal and an assist in that game and was generally anywhere the Breakers tried to push at the Spirit 18-yard box.

Stephanie Labbe takes medical leave of absence from the Washington Spirit

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The Spirit and Canada #1 will miss Washington's final three games

The Washington Spirit announced tonight that goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe will miss the remainder of the 2017 season due to a medical leave of absence. Labbe, after starting the first 16 games of Washington's season, has not played in four of the club's last five games, and had been listed as out in recent weeks on the league's official injury report.

Holden tries to help Houston, Spirit lose Ship, and more: Freedom Kicks for August 30, 2017

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Stu Holden's the man, and the Spirit lose another one.

Happy Wednesday folks. My thoughts continue to be with the people of Houston, Rockport/Port Aransas, Corpus Christi, Port Arthur and the rest of the Texas Gulf Coast. I continue to check in with family and friends that are down in Houston, and while all of them are thankfully safe, many others are not out of the woods.

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

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Will the quick turnaround help the Spirit get rolling, or curtail their momentum?

The Washington Spirit is coming off of the biggest win of their season, but they have no time to rest on their laurels. Tonight against the Orlando Pride, Washington has a chance to start their first winning streak of 2017, but it won't come easy.

Washington Spirit lose Line Sigvardsen Jensen to torn ACL

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Her season comes to an early end after picking up the injury at Euro 2017

Confirming reports from Euro 2017, Washington Spirit midfielder Line Sigvardsen Jensen has been diagnosed with a torn ACL. Sigvardsen Jensen had played every minute of the tournament up until getting caught in between two awkwardly falling Austrian players in Denmark's eventual semifinal triumph.

Portland beats Washington Spirit 2-1

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Portland edged out the Spirit 2-1 at home in a narrowly-contested, often nervy battle that saw the Thorns go down a goal before digging their way out to get the win.

Contrary to expectations, the Thorns stuck with the triple-center back formation they deployed against North Carolina last week, with Katherine Reynolds joining Emily Sonnett and Emily Menges for her first start of the season.