Spirit Logo 200Boyds, Md. (Released April 7, 2014) – Led by general manager and head coach Mark Parsons the Washington Spirit are set to begin their second season in the NWSL with their home opening match on Sunday, April 13 against the 2013 regular season champions Western New York Flash at 4pm at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Parsons was named Washington Spirit head coach on July 1, 2013 after serving as Spirit Reserves head coach for the first half of the season. He was named general manger of the team on September 1, 2013.

Prior to joining the Spirit Parsons took the Washington Spirit Reserves to the 2012 National Championship Finals as head coach of the D.C. United Women’s U-20 squad. Previously, Parsons spent six years in multiple coaching roles at Chelsea FC in England, including time as the head coach of Chelsea Ladies Reserve, which he led to an unprecedented three championships in his first season. During that time he graduated nine players to the Chelsea Ladies first team in two years.
Parsons also coached youth and senior internationals, including players who participated in the Euros, World Cup and Olympics, and he spent time as the Chelsea Ladies’ Center of Excellence Director for the U-10 to U-16 age groups. Parson has been involved in several education programs across Europe and the U.S. on behalf of Chelsea FC.

The following are allocated players on the Spirit roster: US – Yael Averbuch, Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger. Mexico – Renae Cuéllar and Veronica Perez. Canada – Robyn Gayle and Diana Matheson.

The current Spirit roster is highlighted by the number one 2014 NWSL College Draft pick, Crystal Dunn. Dunn, a defender is a US allocated Player who has been called up to join the senior USWNT team. Dunn is a very versatile player who is known for her defensive play but is able to be dangerous at goal. As a junior at UNC, Dunn won the MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s best player, scoring five goals. She was named the 2013 ACC offensive player of the year for her senior season, scoring 14 goals. Dunn was also ACC defensive player of the year in 2010 and 2012. She was the first player since Mia Hamm in 1993 to win the ACC player of the year three times. She was named All-ACC all four years in college.

The Spirit has three members of the Mexican Women’s National Team on its roster. Renae Cuéllar, 23, comes in as a striker, Veronica Perez, 25 will be representing the Spirit in the midfield and Bianca Sierra, 21, in defense. Sierra has been a member of the Mexican Women’s National team since 2009 in the U-20 division. In 2010 she played in the U-20 CONCACAF Championships in Guatemala, helping Mexico advance to the quarterfinals at the World Cup. She played 261 minutes. In 2012, Sierra as selected to represent Mexico at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, B.C. Throughout her college career at Auburn University, Sierra played in 85 matches, starting in 66. She scored five goals as a defender and assisted in seven, recording a total of 6,457 minutes of playtime.

Other players to look out for this season will be Canadian Women’s National Team defender Robyn Gayle and midfielder Diana Matheson. Matheson proved to be a key player during the 2013 NWSL for the Spirit playing and starting in 19 matches, scoring eight goals and assisting in three, playing a total of 1,699 minutes.

During the preseason the combination of Matheson and striker Tiffany Weimer has been one that has excited Spirit fans. Weimer played in the NWSL last season for the Portland Thorns FC. Weimer joined the Thorns late in the 2013 season and played in 10 matches scoring one goal in the NWSL semifinal.
Join the Washington Spirit in their home opener at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Sunday, April 13 at 4pm against the Western New York Flash.

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Washington Spirit Official 2014 Roster

1 Harris Ashlyn GK Tyresö FF USWNT
2 Williams Colleen M Univ. of Dayton
3 Pressley Toni D Ryazan VDV
4 Averbuch Yael M Göteborg FC USWNT
5 Gayle Robyn D UNC CANWNT
6 Lindsey Lori M Canberra United
7 Nairn Christine M Seattle Reign FC
8 Matheson Diana M Team Strømmen CANWNT
9 Cuellar Renae F FC Kansas City MEXWNT
10 Miller Caroline F UVA
11 Krieger Ali D Tyresö FF USWNT
12 Sandvej Cecilie D Perth Glory FC
14 Taylor Jodie F Sydney FC
16 Weimer Tiffany F Portland Thorns FC
17 Perez Veronica M Western NY Flash MEXWNT
18 Jones Chantel GK Perth Glory FC
19 Dunn Crystal D UNC USWNT
21 Gay Adelaide GK Portland Thorns FC
22 Sierra Bianca D Auburn Univ.
23 Huster Tori D Western Sydney
28 Angeli Jordan M Boston Breakers
99 Adams Danesha F Sky Blue FC

The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. Launched in 2012, the Spirit play in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit www.WashingtonSpirit.com, follow the club on Twitter@WashSpirit and on Facebook at facebook.com/washingtonspirit.

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring players from Canada, Mexico and U.S. The eight founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Houston Dash, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.

Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the United States Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and Federation of Mexican Football. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league’s official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.


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