The Washington Spirit, a new professional women’s soccer team based in Germantown, is expected to announce today who could wind up on its roster, the team announced Thursday.
Soccer players from the U.S. Women’s National Team—all 18 of them— and the Canadian and Mexican national teams were among the pool of players allocated to The Washington Spirit.
"Confirming our list of allocated players is just one element of constructing a successful team," Spirit head coach Mike Jorden said in a prepared statement. "But these internationals bring world-class quality and experience both on and off the field. We look forward to them anchoring our club for years to come."
Team manager Chris Hummer told Patch in December that hosting a pro team could be an opportunity to bring big-name, regional soccer stars to Germantown, since the local club got to submit its own wish list of players.
Fair game for scouting is the local amateur team—the team formerly known as DC United Women—whose roster included 2012 Olympian Becky Sauerbrunn.
Managed by the U.S. Soccer Federation, The Washington Spirit will train and compete at the Maryland SoccerPlex—the former home of the women’s pro team the Washington Freedom.
The amateur team, DC United Women, will be comprised of the same players but will play as the Washington Spirit Reserve.