Washington Spirit

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Washington Spirit
Washington Spirit logo.svg
Full name Washington Spirit
Nickname(s) Spirit
Founded 2012 (2011 as DCU Women)
Stadium Maryland SoccerPlex
Ground Capacity 3,200
Owner Bill Lynch[1]
Chairman Jim Gabarra
Head Coach Jim Gabarra
League National Women's Soccer League
Website Club home page
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 a W-League team and a youth team, both under the Spirit name.



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.[2] 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.[3]

Colors and badge[edit]

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."[4]

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.[5]

Inaugural season[edit]

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.[6][7][8] During the February 7, 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft, the team selected Stephanie Ochs, Tori Huster, Jordan Angeli, Natasha Kai, Megan Mischler and Heather Cooke.[9][10]

2015 season[edit]

The Spirit finished the 2015 NWSL season with a record of 8-6-6.[11] Though they made it to the semi-finals for the second season in a row, the Spirit fell to the Seattle Reign 3-0 and did not progress to the final match.[12] 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.[13]


Year League Regular Season Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2013 NWSL 8th Place Did not qualify 3,620
2014 NWSL 4th Place Semi-Finals 3,335
2015 NWSL 4th Place Semi-Finals 4,087


See also: NWSL stadiums

The Washington Spirit play their home games at Maryland SoccerPlex located in Germantown, Maryland.[14] The stadium features seating for 3,200 with corresponding restroom facilities; and a formal press box and box office. The 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.[15][16]


Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 United States DF Caprice Dydasco
4 United States DF Megan Oyster
5 United States DF Whitney Church
7 United States MF Christine Nairn
8 Canada MF Diana Matheson
9 Spain FW Laura del Río
11 United States DF Ali Krieger (captain)
12 United States FW Katie Stengel
14 Nigeria FW Francisca Ordega
15 United States MF Joanna Lohman
16 United States FW Tiffany Weimer
18 United States GK Kelsey Wys
19 United States DF Crystal Dunn
20 Australia FW Hayley Raso
23 United States MF Tori Huster
24 United States DF Estelle Johnson
26 Argentina FW Estefanía Banini
United States DF Alyssa Kleiner


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.[17] 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." [18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bill Lynch - LinkedIn". Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Soccer to announce new women’s professional league today". Leagues. Soccer Wire. November 21, 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Kassouf, Jeff. "New DC team named Washington Spirit". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Spirit unveil new logo with a lot of meaning". Washington Spirit. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Linehan, Meg. "Washington Spirit revamp logo, add more VIP seats". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "NWSL allocation easier said than done". ESPN. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Player distribution sees NWSL take shape". FIFA. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Bell, Jack (11 January 2013). "New Women’s League Allocates Players". New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "NWSL Supplemental Draft results". The Equalizer. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Washington Spirit focused on offense during the NWSL Supplemental Draft". NWSL News. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "MATHESON PENALTY NOT ENOUGH TO OVERCOME THE REIGN — Washington Spirit". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  12. ^ "WASHINGTON SPIRIT FALLS TO SEATTLE REIGN FC 3-0 IN HARD FOUGHT SEMIFINAL — Washington Spirit". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  13. ^ "WASHINGTON SPIRIT FORWARD CRYSTAL DUNN WINS 2015 NWSL GOLDEN BOOT — Washington Spirit". washingtonspirit.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  14. ^ "Washington Spirit Pro Team". Washington Spirit. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Washington Spirit sets schedule". Washington Post. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Maryland SoccerPlex". Maryland SoccerPlex. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "About the Squadron". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "NWSL Supporters Groups ready for the season to start". NWSL News. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 

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