Arielle ShipAshley HatchCali FarquharsonCheyna WilliamsFrancisca OrdegaMallory PughPosition Previews

With the 2018 season beginning on Saturday, Follow Your Spirit brings you a break down of each position group on the Washington Spirit. Finally, the forwards.

The Group

#17 – Cali Farquharson

  • Age: 24
  • Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

#33 – Ashley Hatch

  • Age: 22
  • Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona

#14 – Francisca Ordega

  • Age: 24
  • Hometown: Gboko, Nigeria

#11 – Mallory Pugh

  • Age: 19
  • Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

#2 – Arielle Ship

  • Age: 22
  • Hometown: Westlake Village, California

#88 – Tiffany Weimer

  • Age: 33
  • Hometown: Bridgeport, Connecticut


This will be a very interesting year for the Washington Spirit forward corps. After a down year offensively, the Spirit will need more production out of the forwards for the playoffs to be an option. Much like the midfielders, the personnel on the field will greatly depend on what formation is being played.

It is believed that Washington will begin the season playing in a 4-3-3. With that being said, it is most likely going to be Ashley Hatch, midfielder/forward Estefania Banini, and Mallory Pugh on the front line. Hatch gives the Spirit some height up front while Banini and Pugh bring the distribution and goal scoring abilities to the table. Much like in the preseason finale, Francisca Ordega will most likely be the go-to forward coming off the bench for head coach Jim Gabarra.

This lineup will also depend on national team camps. US head coach Jill Ellis has called up Hatch and Pugh for two April friendlies against Mexico. Arielle Ship will start the season on the 45-day disabled list and Cheyna Williams will take the year off because of maternity leave.

Player to Watch

In mid-January, the Spirit acquired Hatch from North Carolina. During the offseason, Hatch spent time with Melbourne City FC of the Australian W-League. Her team ended up winning the W-League title before she returned to the U.S. for preseason with Washington.

“My time in Australia was great,” Hatch said. “It was good to get more games in, more minutes and more touches on the ball just to stay fit and get more game experience. It was good to just progressing and hopefully, that will roll over into the season.”

In 2017, Hatch won the NWSL Rookie of the Year crown. She won the award after tying a league record for most goals by a rookie (7),

“Last year was a great season, I learned a lot but I still feel like there’s a lot more to learn and to improve as a player,” Hatch said. “It’s only my second year as a professional so I’m excited to come here, play with the Spirit, and hopefully help them improve from last season.

Next Up

Washington will open up against the Seattle Reign on Saturday, March 24. will have a stream of the game with kickoff coming at 10 p.m. ET.

Estefania BaniniHavana SolaunJoanna LohmanMeggie Dougherty HowardRose LavelleTori Huster

With the 2018 season beginning on Saturday, Follow Your Spirit brings you a break down of each position group on the Washington Spirit. Next up, the midfielders.

The Group

#27 – Yanara Aedo

  • Age: 24
  • Hometown: Temuco, Chile

#10 – Estefania Banini

  • Age: 27
  • Hometown: Mendoza, Argentina

#8 – Meggie Dougherty Howard

  • Age: 22
  • Hometown: Largo, Florida

#23 – Tori Huster

  • Age: 28
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

#16 – Rose Lavelle

  • Age: 22
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

#15 – Joanna Lohman

  • Age: 35
  • Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland

#12 – Morgan Profitt

  • Age: 23
  • Hometown: Columbus, Indiana

#9 – Havana Solaun

  • Age: 25
  • Hometown: Gainesville, Florida

#6 – Andi Sullivan

  • Age: 22
  • Hometown: Lorton, Virginia


With the number one overall draft pick, the Spirit selected Andi Sullivan. Washington also acquired Rose Lavelle from Boston in the dispersal draft. It is tough to say what the starting lineup will be with this group. It will come down to which formation head coach Jim Gabarra decides on. In years past and this year’s preseason, Gabarra has played with three in the midfield. If this is the case for this year, expect to see Andi Sullivan, Meggie Dougherty Howard and Havana Solaun in the midfield.

While Estefania Banini is listed as a midfielder on the roster, expect to see her as a forward in the 4-3-3 system. Lavelle did not play in either preseason match and is not expected to be ready right away. Once she returns, Gabarra will be faced with the decision of whether or not to switch to a 4-4-2 instead. The midfield group is the deepest of all of the positions, however, many players are very similar. There are four to five players who could be classified as defensive midfielders. It will be interesting to see how this plays into the offense dynamic of the team.

Player to Watch

Andi Sullivan, a Lorton, Virginia native, returns to Washington after four years on the west coast at Stanford. Sullivan played three seasons for the D.C. United Women and Spirit Reserves. With the number one pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, Washington selected Sullivan to return to D.C.

“[Being picked first overall] was interesting,” Sullivan said after practice on Friday. “It’s funny, you dream about being a pro your whole life and to know it’s actually happening was very cool. I wish I could have been at the draft but I was in LA. I was hanging out with Savannah McCaskill, who got picked second, so that was pretty cool because it was a similar situation. There was just so much going on but it was obviously super exciting and I was just really happy.”

Unlike most rookies, Sullivan is very familiar with the city she was drafted by. It’s the small things in life that Sullivan is most relieved about.

“I love [being back in the area],” Sullivan said. “I think it’s also made this transition into pro life a lot easier being familiar with the area and a lot of the players and the facilities and everything. And the roads even, a lot of little things that you would maybe take for granted when you’re in a new place. It just feels like I’m back at home so it’s very comforting.”

Next Up

Tomorrow’s preview will take a look at the forwards for the Spirit. This will be the final group preview before the season opener on Saturday, March 24.

Caprice DydascoEstelle JohnsonPosition PreviewsRebecca QuinnTaylor SmithWhitney Church

With the 2018 season beginning on Saturday, Follow Your Spirit brings you a break down of each position group on the Washington Spirit. Next up, the defenders.

The Group

#5 – Whitney Church

  • Age: 24
  • Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia

#3 – Caprice Dydasco

  • Age: 24
  • Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

#24 – Estelle Johnson

  • Age: 29
  • Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado

#4 – Rebecca Quinn

  • Age: 22
  • Hometown: Toronto, Canada

#7 – Taylor Smith

  • Age: 24
  • Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas


This offseason, the Spirit acquired Taylor Smith in a trade with North Carolina. They also added Rebecca Quinn with the number 3 overall draft pick. While the Spirit didn’t do a lot to improve their defense, the small changes will definitely help moving into 2018. Looking at the first game of the season, expect Smith to be at right back, Quinn to be at right center back, Estelle Johnson at left center back, and Caprice Dydasco at left back.

The biggest concern with this group is going to be that right side for a few different reasons. In the one preseason game where all five of these players saw time, they allowed three goals. Smith is great at getting forward and up into the play but has struggled at times getting back against tougher opponents. Also, while Quinn plays at center back for Canada, she has mentioned that she enjoys playing in the midfield role more, a spot she occupied regularly at Duke. With national team games happening frequently throughout the season as World Cup qualifiers approach, the Spirit will struggle to field a backline. Quinn and Smith have both been consistent call-ups over the past year and will likely continue to be in 2018. Luckily for the Spirit, there are midfielders on the roster that have experience playing on the backline.

Player to Watch

Rebecca Quinn has been capped by the Canadian National Team 37 times in her senior career. Since the Rio Olympics, Quinn has become a consistent name on the backline for Canada. With that comes a lot of lessons and leadership opportunities.

“I mean a lot of good takeaways from being with the national team. I think leadership is a big one. I’ve had to play a leadership role on the national team playing center back at a pretty young age so I think coming in as a rookie to the NWSL, I can show a bit of that as well. Then I think just playing with high-quality players. I mean the U.S., number one team in the world and playing against their national team on a regular basis will only be good for me going into France in 2019.”

Next Up

Tomorrow’s preview will take a look at the midfield for the Spirit. This is the largest position group for Washington and one that head coach Jim Gabarra has talked a lot about since the draft.

Aubrey BledsoeDiDi HaracicKelsey WysPosition Previews

With the 2018 season beginning on Saturday, Follow Your Spirit brings you a break down of each position group on the Washington Spirit. First up, the goalkeepers.

The Group

#1 – Aubrey Bledsoe

  • Age: 26
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

#21 – DiDi Haracic

  • Age: 25
  • Hometown: Round Hill, Virginia

#19 – Kelsey Wys

  • Age: 27
  • Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida


On January 23, 2018, the Washington Spirit traded for a new number one goalkeeper. Aubrey Bledsoe, who started 11 games for Orlando in 2017, would replace Stephanie Labbé. Despite some less than stellar numbers in the preseason, expect Bledsoe to have a solid season between the pipes for Washington.

The more interesting aspect of this group is who will be the backup. It was unclear who would get the number two spot for 2018. When the roster was released Monday afternoon, the picture was as blurry as ever. With both DiDi Haracic and Kelsey Wys making the roster, it appears as if the competition will stem through at least the first month of the year. While Haracic played seven games in 2017, Wys was held out as she continued to recover from an ACL tear in late 2016. The biggest question going forward is how close to 100 percent is Kelsey Wys.

Player to Watch

Aubrey Bledsoe is the player to watch in 2018. The biggest question is how she will handle being the outright starter from day 1.

“I’ve been wanting to get minutes in the NWSL for a couple years now,” Bledsoe said after the last preseason game. “As a backup keeper, it’s all about being ready for an opportunity when it comes and it came. I thought I did fairly well. Every game I progressed and tried to take something and add it to my game. Now I’m a completely different player, much more confident, better with my feet, reading the game, just the speed of play, I’ve adjusted to it a bit and I’m excited to step into the Spirit this year and it’s an opportunity to be the outright starter. I’m really excited for that and hopefully, I can lead the defense and have a good season here with the Spirit.”

Bledsoe played for Sydney FC of the Australian W-League in the offseason. Bledsoe found out about the trade while still playing in Australia.

“I was excited,” Bledsoe said. “I got a call in the middle of the night from Coach Sermanni. I’d actually missed his call earlier and I knew I was traded so I stayed up really late till he called me back and I was just like ‘what team, what team?’ I figured there was a chance it could be the Spirit. I actually played for Jim [Gabarra] my rookie year at Sky Blue in New Jersey. So I talked to Tom and then Jim called me right away and it was a short conversation because I was really tired.”

Next Up

Tomorrow’s preview will take a look at the defense for the Spirit. With new faces and limited numbers, this is one of the position groups with the most change heading into 2018.

Joanna LohmanPlayer InterviewsPreaseason

After tearing her Anterior Cruciate Ligament in April of 2017, midfielder Joanna Lohman is back and ready for the 2018 season to get underway. From Africa to South Asia to Paris, the Silver Spring native has had a busy offseason. Now, it’s all about getting her body and her mind back to 100 percent playing form.

“I’m doing well,” Lohman said. “I’ve definitely been very busy. I’ve done a lot of traveling as a Sports Diplomat overseas. I went to Africa and also South Asia. Then I spent some time in Paris more as an advocate for the Gay Games in Washington, D.C. and the bid for 2022. And clearly, every day rehabbing and training to get ready for the season. It’s been a very active offseason for me.”

One of Lohman’s biggest adventures of the offseason was a trip to Cote D’Ivoire as a Sports Diplomat. She worked as part of a program called ‘The Champions of National Unity.’

“It was a program for reconciliation because they’ve had a lot of violence up until 2011 in Cote D’Ivoire. They really wanted to run a program using soccer as a vehicle to really push for tolerance and communication and community and unity in the country,” Lohman said. “So I helped to run soccer festivals around the country.”

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Lohman waves to the crowd during warmups prior to a game on June 3, 2017.

While Lohman was there, she participated in soccer matches because she had reached a point in her rehab that she could begin playing again.

“I went to three different cities within Cote D’Ivoire and we had entire communities come out to these programs and we would play a celebrity match with a group of teenagers that were selected as the team called the nationals of unity,” Lohman said. “It really highlighted a lot of these teenagers, ages 14-18, and how they were demonstrating all of the values that this program was trying to promote and how they were really leaders in their communities.”

When she was not traveling around the world, Lohman was back home in Maryland rehabbing. At this point in her rehab, it’s about building strength and getting back to where she was prior to her injury.

Anyone who has gone through this injury knows that the rehab process is a rollercoaster. You have good weeks and bad weeks, but you just have to stay consistent and realize that all the work you are putting in, you will get to a place where you feel better,” Lohman said. “I’m definitely not 100 percent physically or mentally but that’s part of the process and I know that preseason will be an opportunity for me to kind of get back into it, see how I feel.”

Injuries often happen at awful times, whether for the athlete or the team. Lohman was coming off a career year that saw her score four goals and play in 20 games. In the first game of the 2017 season, Lohman tore her ACL. But Lohman looks at it as a learning experience.

“I think I proved to myself that even through tragedy to a certain extent, and devastation, I could still find beauty in the simple things,” Lohman said. “I had an identity outside of soccer. That’s so important for me because I can’t play soccer forever. As much as I would like to, it showed how many dimensions I have as a human being. So it was a very empowering experience.”

This offseason, the Spirit picked up many young, talented players. Because of this, playing time could be up for grabs in preseason and early on in the regular season. For Lohman, her veteran presence will help her have an impact on this year’s team.

“For me, it’s not about playing time anymore, it’s not about goals scored or assists,” Lohman said. “That will come if I do all the little things that are important in my career and I want to show up every day and contribute to the team and be a leader and a veteran and provide things that I think only someone who’s had a professional career for 14 seasons can do. That’s really my goal is to truly throw myself into this season and make my team better.”

The Spirit opened up preseason on February 19. They will play their first preseason game on March 10 vs. the University of North Carolina. Preseason will wrap up with a match against the North Carolina Courage on March 17. That game will take place in Richmond, VA.

The regular season will begin on March 24 when Washington heads out to Seattle to face the Reign. Kick-off for that match is 10 p.m. ET.

Breaking NewsShelina Zadorsky

The Washington Spirit have announced that Canadian defender Shelina Zadorsky has been traded to the Orlando Pride in exchange for goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe and a 2019 1st round draft pick.

Trade Parts

Bledsoe, a 5’8” Cincinnati, Ohio native, played in 10 games for the Pride in 2017 for a total of 990 minutes. After Ashlyn Harris was injured in May, Bledsoe was tasked with the starting gig.

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Aubrey Bledsoe kicks the ball during warmups at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

While the Spirit get some much-needed assistance in goal, they send away their 2017 captain in Shelina Zadorsky in the process. Zadorsky played in 21 games for Washington racking up 1793 minutes of play. Often times paired up with Whitney Church, the pair struggled to hold back opposing attacks. In Orlando, Zadorsky will reunite with former Washington teammate, Ali Krieger.

What That Means

As a result, the trade leaves many questions for Spirit fans. The most obvious is what this means for goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé. It is hard to tell if Labbé will return to Washington or not after taking a leave of absence in September. If she does return, Bledsoe would most likely become the number one backup, beating out DiDi Haracic and Kelsey Wys. If Labbé does not return, the fight for the number one spot would likely come down to Wys and Bledsoe.

The next question is who starts at centerback on matchday one. Does Estelle Johnson return to the middle of the park? Does Jim Gabarra start two rookies in Rebecca Quinn and Schuyler DeBree? Quinn and DeBree did start together in their senior seasons at Duke, but their inexperience in the NWSL may hurt the Spirit, a team who cannot afford to struggle defensively for a second straight season.

Finally, Washington now has to find a new captain.  The likely candidates for the captaincy are Estelle Johnson and Tori Huster. Similar to last season, the decision on the captaincy will most likely occur late in preseason.

Preseason camp opens for the league on Feb. 19 with the season beginning on the weekend of March 24-25.

Jim GabarraNWSL Draft

On Thursday morning, the 2018 NWSL Draft took place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Headed into the draft, all the talk was surrounding Andi Sullivan and whether or not she would declare for the draft. With seven picks in the round, including the first overall pick, the Washington Spirit was paying close attention to Sullivan’s decision.

Sullivan did declare late Wednesday night and was taken with the first overall pick by the Spirit. In doing so, it brought back a local high school product to the DMV. Because of US National Team camp duties, Sullivan was not present for the draft.

“Well, I think the great thing about Andi is she’s a better person than she is a soccer player,” head coach Jim Gabarra said when speaking to reporters after the draft. “So I think it’s certainly huge for our club to add her into the group that we have and fight for time in midfield and really be one of the core members of our squad.”

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Head coach Jim Gabarra speaks with the media after picking seven in the 2018 NWSL Draft.

The Spirit also selected Canadian international and Duke product Rebecca Quinn with the third overall pick. In the second round, Schuyler DeBree and Mallory Eubanks were selected. The third round brought two familiar Spirit Reserves faces back to the Maryland SoccerPlex. Brittany Basinger was picked at 21 and Maddie Huster, sister of current Spirit midfielder Tori Huster, with the 26th pick. To round out the selections, Rachel Moore was picked with the first pick in the fourth and final round.

Of the seven draft picks, four had played previously for the Spirit Reserves, Washington’s W-League affiliate. This continues a trend of college Reserves players being drafted by the professional team.

“It’s kind of a transition into what we hope will be at some point players who play with our [development academy] and then are “Home Grown Players” but we don’t have that rule in place now in our league. In this case we’ve got players who we have seen with our reserves team over the last 3-5 years and rather than bring a player who’s new to our club, it’s a lot easier to bring a kid in that’s been with us whether that’s for a couple summers or a summer before.”

With a majority of the picks being able to play in the midfield role, the Spirit find themselves with an embarrassment of riches at that position. Gabarra sees this as a helping point moving forward.

“We want to play with like 15 players,” Gabarra said. “We’re like all midfield. We are really deep in there and it’ll be healthy competition and it will give us the opportunity to also make sure that our rookie players are getting the chance to get used to the league without the pressure of coming in and having to be a savior or start and play in every match.”

At the draft, the Spirit Squadron showed up and was in full on chanting mode from the beginning. Sky Blue was also well represented by their supporters group, Cloud 9.

“It’s great. I think they definitely beat out their performance in Baltimore,” Gabarra said. “I think you want to credit Cloud 9 from Sky Blue for being here to kind of challenge them a bit. It’s great to see in our game that you are getting to the point where you get supporters who are singing and chanting and screaming at us from the fans.”

Preseason camp opens for the league on Feb. 19 with the season beginning on the weekend of March 24-25.

Breaking NewsBriana ScurryJim Gabarra

The first big move of the offseason for the Washington Spirit was announced on Wednesday afternoon. After assistant coach Denise Reddy left the Spirit to take over as the head coach of Sky Blue FC, Washington was left in need of a new first assistant to head coach Jim Gabarra. The club announced that former USWNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry will fill the role for Washington.

On top of her duties as an assistant on the full team staff, Scurry will also serve as the Techincal Advisor for the Spirit Academy programs in both Maryland and Virginia.

Scurry returns to the D.C. area after playing for the Washington Freedom from 2009-2010. She has attended numerous Spirit home games and was recognized as an Honorary Captain for the team in 2016.

“I’ve always been a loyal fan of the Washington Spirit and now I have the wonderful opportunity to truly be a part of the team,” Scurry said. “I’m excited to bring my experiences and knowledge to our players, and to contribute in an effective and positive manner to the culture of the team and organization as a whole.”

The former USWNT goalkeeper is most well known for her role in the iconic 1999 World Cup Final penalty shootout. Scurry had one save in the final that helped the team win on a Brandi Chastain kick. On top of being a World Cup champion, she also holds two Olympic gold medals from the 1996 and 2004 tournaments.

“We could not possibly be more excited and grateful to have Bri join our Spirit family,” said Spirit Head Coach and General Manager Jim Gabarra. “Bri brings an immense level of resources and experience that will help our players grow and develop. I look forward to working with her and helping her in her own personal growth and development.”

This week, the Spirit also announced this week the scheduling of two preseason matches. The first will take place on March 10 at the Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, Va. The match will feature the University of North Carolina for the second straight season.

Richmond, Va. will host it’s first ever NWSL event as the Spirit will head south to take on the North Carolina Courage. The match will take place on March 17 at City Stadium. This will be the first time the Spirit will play another NWSL team in a preseason match. Tickets for this match will go on sale Friday, December 8.

Estefania Banini

On Wednesday, September 20, Argentine goalkeeper Elisabeth Minnig posted a message on Twitter announcing that the women’s national team would go on strike. Poor travel and training conditions, along with pay, were issues brought up in the statement.

According to a report from the Equalizer, players are paid roughly $8.50, or 150 pesos, per training session and were forced to sleep on a bus for a recent friendly, the team’s first in over two years.

After last weekend’s match vs. the Boston Breakers, I spoke with Argentine and Washington Spirit forward Estefania Banini about the decision to go on strike.

Follow Your Spirit: Can you talk about the team’s decision to go on strike?

Estefania Banini: The reality is the girls expressed in a letter that they are asking for some basic conditions. I think that [AFA] has many resources to start supporting the women’s team. I think that now is the time that our voices should be heard so that the women’s team in Argentina grows to the level that we need to be. It is good that we are bringing these things to light because many things were talked about, even when I was not playing games with them, but apparently, the conditions were very bad so it’s good that they are pressing on.

FYS: It’s been almost two years since a game, why is this happening now?

EB: Because I believe that we are tired of waiting. They said they were going to change things and they haven’t really changed. I think that when they constantly promise and then don’t comply then I think that’s the moment where we must do these things in order to make them listen and pay Attention. And what the team is doing [striking] takes valor.

FYS: What does the team look for to gain with the strike?

EB: The truth is basic conditions. We are not asking for them to pay us the same as the men. We are asking for basic rights. Travel and stay in a hotel, good food, to be able to rest well. The girls there do not have a professional league. When they go to the national team, they have to miss work or their studies, and that generates costs. What we are asking for is a compensation, something economical, so that it covers costs when they come to train. So just the basics.

FYS: What impact does the team hope to have on the federation?

EB: Hopefully that we have an impact and that it works out. We really hope what happened is a good starting point for us to grow. But it depends on the federation and the people in charge of making the decisions.


Translation assisted by Sandra Herrera.

Alyssa KleinerCali FarquharsonEstelle JohnsonGame Day CoverageJim GabarraKassey KallmanStephanie Labbe

On Saturday afternoon, the league-leading North Carolina Courage played host to the visiting Washington Spirit. The Courage came away with all three points in a 2-0 victory in front of 3530 fans at the WakeMed Soccer Park.

After the first 10 minutes of the match, the Washington Spirit took control of the game. The Spirit’s backline of Estelle Johnson, Shelina Zadorsky, Kassey Kallman and Caprice Dydasco was able to limit the strong attack of the Courage to just one shot on goal in the first half. However, to start the second half, Estelle Johnson was replaced by Alyssa Kleiner because of an illness.

“She felt sick to her stomach, like she was going to throw up,” head coach Jim Gabarra said. “It was probably 20 minutes in. We checked her at the water break and wanted to get her through halftime. At halftime, we didn’t want to put her out there in a depleted situation where she was dehydrated and didn’t feel good.”

When the second half kicked off, the Courage came out fired up. Within the first minute, the ball was played out wide to Kristen Hamilton. Hamilton played the ball across the box and after multiple missed clearances by the Washington defense, forward Ashley Hatch slotted her shot past Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé to give the Courage a 1-0 lead.

“The first one was right off the kickoff. It felt like they were dribbling and the seas kind of opened. No one was really stepping to put pressure on it and we were a bit passive and on our heels a bit on that,” Labbé said. “It’s just a quick reminder that coming out in the second half, just because the first half went well, you have to put in the hard work at the beginning of the second half to make sure you’re up at that level again.”

In the 84th minute, the Spirit put themselves in an even deeper hole with an own goal. North Carolina’s Sam Mewis played in a corner kick that bounced around in the box with multiple failed clearances by the Spirit. A clearance off the line from Cali Farquharson deflected off the face of Kallman before finding the back of the net.

Prior to the game, the Spirit announced that midfielder Kristie Mewis would be unavailable for the match because of an upcoming trade. It appears as if the trade will be announced on Monday.

“We’re in a situation where we have some extra depth and if we can get some good value for players maybe moving to a team that’s got something to play for to get into the playoffs and get a piece or a draft pick for the future that’s going to help us next year,” Gabarra said after the game. “Yeah, we’re not giving up on this year and looking towards next year but at the same time, you have to take advantage of the assets you have and if someone is interested in a player and they come to us, we’re going to consider it.”

Washington returns to the Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturday, August 26 to take on the Chicago Red Stars. For that match, Francisca Ordega and Kelsey Wys could be off the 45-day disabled list, according to Gabarra. Kickoff for the match is 7 p.m.