WASHINGTON SPIRIT Overview

It is never a good sign when a season preview is more about what a team has lost than what it has gained. For the 2017 Washington Spirit, however, that is reality. Gone are team captain Ali Krieger, all-time club leading scorer Diane Matheson, midfield stalwart Christine Nairn, defensive rock Megan Oyster, and 2015 NWSL Player of the Year and Golden Boot winner, Crystal Dunn. In exchange is a lot of youth and a hopeful future led by Mallory Pugh.

 
 
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2017 NWSL SEASON PREVIEW

On a picture perfect autumn day in Houston last year, the Washington Spirit were mere seconds away from winning their franchise's first NWSL Championship. In extra time of extra time, however, the Western New York Flash were able to tie the match off of a courageous goal headed home by 2017 NWSL MVP Lynn Williams. The match went to penalty kicks and, just minutes later, the Flash were celebrating their come-from-behind win at midfield. The first moments of the Spirit’s offseason, filled with quiet bus rides and melancholy faces, would be an understandably low point for the club. What happened to the Washington Spirit in the months to follow would be both baffling and sad, as the very core of the team was dismantled. Will the new-look Washington Spirit be able to keep their winning ways going?

 

WASHINGTON SPIRIT LAND MALLORY PUGH 

The U.S. WNT phenom is only 19, but she is breathing new life into the Washington Spirit. Read all about the payday she is getting off the field.

 
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COMEBACK KID: WHY KRISTIE MEWIS IS POISED TO RE-EMERGE THIS NWSL SEASON

It happens to the best of players. Maybe a nagging injury, a new coach, or a series of bad breaks sees them underperform for a time. Though it can be difficult to re-gain top form, who doesn't love a comeback story?