Lindsay AgnewPlayer Interviews

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We’re hours away from the Spirit debut of phenom Mallary Pugh, but as we wait, we want to introduce another rookie on the team: Lindsay Agnew.

Lindsay was selected 19th overall out of Ohio State University by the Spirit in the 2017 NWSL college draft.

Lindsay talks to us about her introduction to soccer, transitioning to a pro league, and her relationship with her teammates.

Enjoy!

 

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@Lindsay_Agnew

@TimLawson21

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The 2017 NWSL season is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited. The Spirit are coming of a heartbreaking 2016 season that ended with a loss in PKs at the NWSL Championship. After a lot of turnover, the Spirit are ready to prove themselves worthy of another chance at the title.

The video above and the podcast below go over Timothy Lawson’s “5 Bold Predictions” for the 2017 season. He went 1 for 5 last year and is hoping to do at least one better. Check out his predictions and let us know on Twitter which ones you think are too bold and which ones are achievable (@SpiritCoverage).

Crystal DunnPodcast

Crystal Dunn kneeling

The poor news keeps piling on for Washington Spirit fans. Crystal Dunn officially announced that she is leaving the NWSL and heading to Europe to play for Chelsea.

With Dunn leaving, 33% of the Spirit’s scoring in 2016 has left. Banini had five goals, Dunn had two, and Nairn had three. Let’s not forget Ali’s goal, either.

Fortunately, Washington has depth and still has Stengel, Williams, and Ordega ready to command the attack. The question is, will it be as potent at as the 2016 offense?

Tim Lawson, Jordan Small, and Monica Esenwein sat down to discuss Dunn’s departure and the news that WNY Flash have moved to North Carolina. Enjoy the first podcast episode of 2017!

Is there a player or topic you’d like to see featured on the podcast? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Tori Huster

Tori Huster fights for ball

A short while ago, Tori Huster joined the podcast to update us on her off-season, her comments on recent trades, and how she got involved with The Young and The Brave.

The off-season has not been kind to loyal Spirit fans, but Tori reminds us that the Washington Spirit are still a talented team with plenty of potential.

When you’re finished with this episode, please leave a comment and tell us which player you’d like to hear from in the off-season. We’ll see if we can get them on the podcast soon.

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Ali Krieger, Oyster, Nairn traded

Washington Spirit fans have had a lot to deal with this offseason. It started with Ali Krieger being traded for pennies on the dollar. Then Christine Nairn and Megan Oyster were shipped off for more reasonable returns.

With each trade, the Follow Your Spirit team talked about the outcomes and the implications, hoping to glean some perspective and hope.

We welcome our new Spirit players with open arms, but we’re definitely sad to see our beloved Ali, Nairn, and Oyster go. Check out the three episodes we did covering these trades:

Ali Krieger (originally aired Nov 4)

Christine Nairn (originally aired Nov Nov 15)

Megan Oyster (originally aired Nov 23)

Feature photo credit: Kelley Piper Photos

NWSL PlayoffsPodcast

There wasn’t any player interviews this week because of a hectic work week some Spirit players have had with the team and other events.

Don’t be disappointed, though, because we have a great conversation featuring our own Jordan Small and Monica Esenwein from Backline Soccer.

Jordan, Monica, and myself discuss the nominations for the NWSL awards, the Spirit’s goalkeeper situation, and our thoughts on the Spirit v Chicago playoff game.

We hope to see you all at the Plex tonight. If you won’t be there, be sure to watch the live stream on YouTube.

@jols98

@Monz59

@SpiritCoverage

Caitlin BuckleyJordan SmallPodcast

Squadron wish off Reign - Jordan Small and Caitlin Buckley talk Spirit | Photo by Kelley Piper

The second episode of the week features Jordan Small and Caitlin Buckley.

Jordan Small is Follow Your Spirit’s game recap writer and Caitlin Buckley is a contributor at Black and Red United.

Jordan and Caitlin talk about the Spirit’s performance against the Reign, who they believe should get player of the year, the different lineups the Spirit have used, and how they believe the playoffs will shake down.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and follow us on Twitter @SpiritCoverage.

Lori Lindsey

Lori Lindsey holds Spirit Squadron sign | Photo by Kelley Piper

Lori Lindsey joins us this week on Follow Your Spirit.

She played with the Washington Spirit in 2013 and 2014 and is known among the fans as “Lightning.”

Lori and Tim talk about the performance of the Spirit, the growth of the NWSL, and she calls her final two teams for the championship in Houston.

Be sure to hop onto Twitter and thank Lori for joining us @LoriLindsey6.

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Coach Gabarra

The second episode this week features Monica Esenwein from Backline Soccer.

Monica and I have been sharing a media table at Spirit home games all season and have gotten to know each other pretty well during that period. Her colleagues at Backline Soccer have been very kind to have me on their programming and I thought it was only fitting to have her on mine.

The first half of this episode is about the win on Wednesday night against the Reign, the potential playoff match-up, and how we feel about the Spirit overall.

The second half addresses the national anthem controversy from the same game. I served in the military and Monica comes from a military family, so we both had plenty to say about the situation.

If you’re not interested in more national anthem banter, don’t worry, the first 25 minutes is all about the Spirit. Please, take the time to listen to that, because that’s what is most important right now.

Follow our guest on Twitter @Monz59