The Washington Spirit has signed forward Mallory Eubanks as a National Team Replacement Player. Eubanks will serve as national team replacement while defender Estefania Banini is away with the Argentina Women’s National Team competing in the Copa America Feminina.
Washington selected Eubanks with the sixth pick of the 2nd round (No. 16 overall) in the 2018 NWSL College Draft. The 21-year-old forward finished her college career in 2017 at Mississippi State University ranked second in program history with 17 assists.
Eubanks scored the Spirit’s first goal of the 2018 preseason, netting an 87th minute equalizer in a 1-1 draw against the University of North Carolina on March 10.
National Team Replacement players can be signed when a National Team Player is away on international duty and will not count against the team’s 20-player roster limit. More information on National Team Player Replacements can be found here.
Tickets for all 2018 Washington Spirit home games are available now at https://tickets.washingtonspirit.com.
The Washington Spirit will open the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League regular season on Saturday night with a road game against Seattle Reign FC. Kickoff from UW Medicine Pitch at Memorial Stadium is set for 10 p.m. ET with a live stream available on go90.
Saturday’s season-opener will be the first of three meetings between Washington and Seattle this season, two of which will be played in the Pacific Northwest. The Spirit and Reign both enter the 2018 campaign with several new weapons on their roster.
“Seattle is always a really difficult place to play,” said Spirit head coach and general manager Jim Gabarra. “There’s a couple teams that have made a lot of changes [in the offseason]. We’re one of them and I think Seattle has as well. We’re really looking forward to the challenge.”
Washington is set to debut a new-look roster, which includes the additions of four U.S. Women’s National Team players and several other key offseason acquisitions.
In a trade with the North Carolina Courage announced on January 16, Washington acquired U.S. Women’s National Team defender Taylor Smith and U.S. international forward Ashley Hatch, who was named the 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year after scoring seven goals in her debut season.
Just days later, the Spirit selected U.S. international midfielder Andi Sullivan with the top overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, and Canadian international defender/midfielder Rebecca Quinn with the third overall pick.
On January 30, Washington selected U.S. international midfielder Rose Lavelle with the No. 1 pick in the NWSL Dispersal Draft. It was the fifth acquisition of a U.S. or Canadian international player under the age of 25 by the Spirit in a two-week span.
With Quinn, five total U.S. internationals including forward Mallory Pugh - who led the Spirit with six goals as a rookie in 2017 - as well as returning midfielders Yanara Aedo (Chile) and Estefania Banini (Argentina), and forward Francisca Ordega (Nigeria), the Spirit roster feature nine total players who are members of their respective national teams.
Just a few of the team’s additional key returning players include: defender Estelle Johnson, who was named to the NWSL Team of the Month twice in 2017; midfielder Havana Solaun, who scored five goals and led the team with four assists in her first season with the club; and midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard, who led the team in passing as a rookie.
Washington brings 23 players into the 2018 regular season, three of which will not be counted against the active roster for all or part of the year.
Midfielder Rose Lavelle is exempt from counting against the active roster limit due to being acquired via the NWSL Dispersal Draft; forward Arielle Ship opens the season on the 45-Day Disabled List; and forward Cheyna Matthews will miss the season due to maternity.
In addition to the official roster below, Washington retains the NWSL rights to 2018 College Draft picks Schuyler DeBree, Brittany Basinger, Mallory Eubanks; Maddie Huster and Rachel Moore, along with Dispersal Draft pick Elizabeth Wenger.
The Spirit enters the season with four Federation Players: defender/midfielder Rebecca Quinn (CAN), defender Taylor Smith (USA), Lavelle (USA) and forward Mallory Pugh (USA).
Washington also returns three international players, including midfielder Yanara Aedo (Chile), midfielder Estefanía Banini (Argentina) and forward Francisca Ordega (Nigeria).
Washington will travel to the West Coast for a match-up with Seattle Reign FC on March 24, in the club’s NWSL regular season opener. Kickoff in Seattle is set for 10 p.m. ET.
Single game tickets for the Spirit’s regular season home games, including their March 31 home opener against the Orlando Pride, are available now at Tickets.WashingtonSpirit.com or by calling the club’s ticket office at 301-591-0927.
2018 Washington Spirit Roster
Rostered Players (23 of 20 spots filled):
Goalkeepers (3): Aubrey Bledsoe, DiDi Haracic, Kelsey Wys
Defenders (5): Whitney Church, Caprice Dydasco, Estelle Johnson, Rebecca Quinn (FED-CAN), Taylor Smith (FED-USA)
Midfielders (9): Yanara Aedo (INTL-CHI), Estefanía Banini (INTL-ARG), Meggie Dougherty Howard, Tori Huster, Rose Lavelle (FED-USA, DD), Joanna Lohman, Morgan Proffitt, Havana Solaun, Andi Sullivan
Forwards (6): Cali Farquharson, Ashley Hatch, Francisca Ordega (INTL-NGA), Mallory Pugh (FED-USA), Arielle Ship (D45), Cheyna Matthews (MAT)
Federation Players (FED): 4
International Roster Spots Filled (INTL): 3
-FED (Federation Player): Any player assigned to a roster by virtue of being a Federation Player
-INTL (International Player): Any player using an international roster spot
ROSTERED PLAYERS NOT COUNTED AGAINST ACTIVE LIMIT:
-D45 (45-Day Disabled List): Any player on the 45-Day disabled list
-SEI (Season Ending Injury List): Any player on the season ending injury list
-NTR (National Team Replacement): Any player replacing a player who is with their National Team.
-GKR (Goalkeeper Replacement): Any goalkeeper replacing a goalkeeper on the roster due to injury.
-MAT (Maternity): Any player out for an extended period due to maternity
-LOA (Loan): Any player who is loaned out to another club
-PEN (Pending): Any player signed that will join club on a future date
-DD (Dispersal Draft): Any player acquired via the Dispersal Draft
The updated roster features 29 total players, including three non-roster invitees.
Six Spirit players currently with their respective national teams - midfielder Yanara Aedo (Chile), forward Francisca Ordega (Nigeria), forward Mallory Pugh (USA), defender/midfielder Rebecca Quinn (Canada), defender Taylor Smith (USA) and midfielder Andi Sullivan (USA) - will be re-joining or reporting to training camp later this week, at the conclusion of the FIFA international break.
Defender Rachel Moore, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NWSL College Draft, has returned to William & Mary to complete her academic coursework.
Forward Cheyna Matthews (pregnancy) will be unavailable for the 2018 NWSL season.
The Spirit will kick-off its preseason slate this Saturday, March 10 for a friendly against 22-time women’s college champion University of North Carolina. The game will be played at Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, Va. [TICKETS]
On March 17, the Spirit will host the first ever NWSL match played in Richmond, Va. when they face the North Carolina Courage at the historic City Stadium. More than 2,000 tickets have already been sold for the game. Tickets are available at RichmondKickers.com. [TICKETS]
Single game tickets for the Spirit’s regular season home games are available now at Tickets.WashingtonSpirit.com or by calling the club’s ticket office at 301-591-0927.
2018 Washington Spirit Preseason Roster
Goalkeepers (3): Aubrey Bledsoe , DiDi Haracic, Kelsey Wys
Defenders (8): Chiny Asher (NRI), Brittany Basinger (CDP), Whitney Church, Caprice Dydasco, Estelle Johnson, Rebecca Quinn (CDP/NYR), Taylor Smith (NYR), Elizabeth Wenger (CDP)
Midfielders (10): Yanara Aedo, Estefania Banini, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Maddie Huster (CDP), Tori Huster, Rose Lavelle, Joanna Lohman, Morgan Proffitt, Havana Solaun, Andi Sullivan (CDP/NYR)
Forwards (8): Cali Farquharson, Ashley Hatch, Ashley Myers (NRI), Francisca Ordega (NYR), Mallory Pugh (NYR), Arielle Ship, Marissa Sullivan (NRI), Mallory Eubanks (CDP)
CDP – 2018 NWSL College Draft pick
NRI – Non-Roster Invitee
NYR – Not Yet Reported to Camp