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Washington Spirit defender Caprice Dydasco cleared to play

After tearing her ACL in last year’s NWSL final, Dydasco has made a swift recovery

Caprice Dydasco (credit Robyn McNeil & ISI Photos) Robyn McNeil & ISI Photos

Washington Spirit defender Caprice Dydasco, who was out due to a left ACL tear, is cleared to play, a Spirit spokesperson confirmed today. Dydasco tore her ACL in the NWSL title game last October. In April, she was cleared to train but is now off the 45-day disabled list. There is no Spirit game this weekend due to an international break but the Spirit face the Chicago Red Stars the following Saturday.

Dydasco joined the team in 2015 as a rookie and played in 12 matches last year, mainly at left back. She could fill in for Alyssa Kleiner or Kassey Kallman, who currently play at left back for the Spirit. If Gabarra reverts to a 3-5-2, then Dydasco is good option at wingback. Dydasco is a speedy outside back which will help the Spirit who have conceded 16 goals in their eight games this season, tied for league-worst.

The Spirit did not need to make any roster changes in order to activate Dydasco. To activate goalkeeper Kelsey Wys or forward Cali Farquharson, who both tore their ACLs last year, the Spirit would need to clear roster space. The Spirit might also sign another player and that signing would require another roster spot. Joanna Lohman, who tore her ACL in the season opener, is on the season-ending disabled list.