This afternoon the Washington Spirit signed forward Mallory Eubanks while putting Cali Farquharson on the disabled list due to a left tibial stress injury. Per NWSL rules, Farquharson will be ineligible to play for at least 45 days, and the Spirit are in the meantime allowed to use her roster spot. Putting Farquharson on the disabled list opens up both the space and need for Eubanks.
Washington selected Eubanks in the second round of this January’s NWSL college draft, and she has been training with the team all season. While Estefania Banini and Yanara Aedo were at the Copa America Feminina during April, Eubanks was signed as a National Team Replacement Player. In NWSL jargon, this means Eubanks was on a short-term contract. Eubanks has played in three games during that spell, including a start against North Carolina last month in a 4-2 loss. Eubanks, a former US under-20 and under-23 player, also scored against the University of North Carolina in preseason play, and can play anywhere across the front line.
Farquharson has appeared in one game this year, a nine-minute stint on the road against Utah Royals FC. The third-year forward was on the injury report for a few weeks at the beginning of the season through the week of April 13, also with a left tibial stress injury. The 45 day requirement will keep her out through the end of June at a minimum.