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Washington Spirit confirm 2017 roster ahead of NWSL season opener

This year’s squad has no fewer than eight new players

Washington Spirit players celebrate following Line Sigvardsen Jensen’s goal Caitlin Buckley

The Washington Spirit have officially announced their 2017 roster. Per NWSL rules, all clubs had to announce a roster with between 18-20 active players today. In the Spirit’s case, their squad has 22 players, 19 of whom are currently active. The list includes Federation Players Stephanie Labbe and Shelina Zadorsky (both of Canada), as well as eight players who were not under contract with the club in 2016.

Of that latter group, four are rookies. The Spirit ended up signing all three of their draft picks (Lindsay Agnew, Meggie Dougherty Howard, and Cameron Castleberry) as well as Arielle Ship, who was originally drafted by the Seattle Reign and later acquired in the trade that sent Diana Matheson to the west coast. Havana Solaun was also acquired from Seattle, though she was involved in the trade that sent Christine Nairn back to her first pro club.

Kristie Mewis and Kassey Kallman both came from the Boston Breakers in the Megan Oyster deal. Finally, DiDi Haracic was a part of the Spirit Reserves in 2016, and made the first team’s bench as an amateur call-up a few times. In 2017, she’s been upgraded to a full contract and roster spot.

Currently, the Spirit have three players on the Disabled List. Cali Farquharson tore her ACL just before the end of the regular season last year, while the same injury took down Caprice Dydasco (during the NWSL final) and Kelsey Wys (while on loan in Australia during the offseason). All three are still eligible to return to the roster this season, but per league rules must wait a minimum of 45 days before that’s possible.

Dydasco is the closest to a return, and has been able to take part in some parts of Washington’s pre-game warm-ups. Farquharson and Wys, meanwhile, are not yet in town. Washington can add one player to their active roster without issue, so if Dydasco stays on schedule, she may well be added the moment her 45 days are up. Once Farquharson or Wys are ready to go, though, the Spirit will probably have a tough decision to make.

The full roster is as follows:

2017 Washington Spirit roster

Number Player Position Status
Number Player Position Status
1 Stephanie Labbe GK Federation Player (Canada)
3 Caprice Dydasco DF 45 day Disabled List
4 Shelina Zadorsky DF Federation Player (Canada)
5 Whitney Church DF
6 Kassey Kallman DF
7 Line Sigvardsen Jensen MF International (Denmark)
8 Lindsay Agnew MF/FW
9 Havana Solaun MF/FW
12 Katie Stengel FW
14 Francisca Ordega FW International (Nigeria)
15 Joanna Lohman MF
17 Cali Farquharson FW 45 day Disabled List
18 Kelsey Wys GK 45 day Disabled List
19 Kristie Mewis MF
20 Cheyna Williams FW
21 DiDi Haracic GK
22 Alyssa Kleiner DF
23 Tori Huster MF
24 Estelle Johnson DF
29 Meggie Dougherty Howard MF
? Arielle Ship FW
? Cameron Castleberry DF/MF