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NWSL allocates Krieger, Lindsey, Harris to Washington Spirit

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Penalty Kicks,Sports,Craig Stouffer

The women’s professional soccer team that takes the field at Maryland SoccerPlex this spring in the National Women’s Soccer League will have a familiar feel.

The Washington Spirit were allocated seven of 55 players distributed among the seven teams that form the foundation of the third attempt at establishing the women’s pro game, including a trio of Americans who have played here before.

U.S. national team veterans Ali Krieger, Lori Lindsey and Ashlyn Harris all represented the Washington Freedom of the recently defunct WPS. Lindsey also played for the Freedom a decade ago in the WUSA.

Krieger,a 28-year-old defender from Dumfries, was a fixture in the back for the U.S. during the 2011 Women’s World Cup before missing last year’s Olympics with a knee injury. Aside from 10 matches with the Freedom in 2009, she has spent her entire professional career with FFC Frankfurt in Germany.

Lindsey, 32, who played at the University of Virginia, was an alternate in the midfield for the Olympic team and a reserve during the World Cup. She won the WUSA crown with the Freedom in 2003.

Harris, 27, was the Freedom goalkeeper in 2010 and the WPS goalkeeper of the year in 2011 for Western New York.

The Spirit were also allocated defender Robyn Gayle, 27, and midfielder Diana Matheson, 28, from the Canadian national team; along with defender Alin Garciamendez, 21, and midfielder Teresa Worbis, 29, from the Mexican national team. Garciamendez, notably, is from Texas – she has been with the Mexican team since 2008, but she  won an NCAA title with Stanford in 2011.

The NWSL was founded last fall by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which is running the league and subsidizing the salaries of up to 24 U.S. national team players in the league. The Canadian and Mexican federations are doing the same for up to 16 of their respective players.

The rest of the allocations are below. Thorns FC, Portland’s club, appears to have made out the best, landing U.S. forward Alex Morgan, a FIFA player of the year finalist this seasons, and legendary Canadian forward Christine Sinclair.

The NWSL will have a college draft next Friday in Indianapolis.

Boston Breakers
Sydney Leroux (USA)
Heather Mitts (USA)
Heather O’Reilly (USA)
Adriana Leon (CAN)
Rhian Wilkinson (CAN)
Anisa Guajardo (MEX)
Cecilia Santiago (MEX)

Chicago Red Stars
Shannon Boxx (USA)
Amy LePeilbet (USA)
Keelin Winters (USA)
Erin McLeod (CAN)
Carmelina Moscato (CAN)
Maribel Dominguez (MEX)
Dinora Garza (MEX)

FC Kansas City
Nicole Barnhart (USA)
Lauren Cheney (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Desiree Scott (CAN)
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN)
Renae Cuellar (MEX)
Marylin Diaz (MEX)

Portland Thorns FC
Rachel Buehler (USA)
Tobin Heath (USA)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Luz Saucedo (MEX)
Marlene Sandoval (MEX)
Karina LeBlanc (CAN)
Christine Sinclair (CAN)

Seattle Reign FC
Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Amy Rodriguez (USA)
Hope Solo (USA)
Kaylyn Kyle (CAN)
Emily Zurrer (CAN)
Jenny Ruiz (MEX)
Teresa Noyola (MEX)

Sky Blue FC
Jill Loyden (USA)
Kelley O’Hara (USA)
Christie Rampone (USA)
Sophie Schmidt (CAN)
Melanie Booth (CAN)
Monica Ocampo (MEX)
Lydia Rangel (MEX)

Western New York Flash
Carli Lloyd (USA)
Abby Wambach (USA)
Bryana McCarthy (CAN)
Jodi-Ann Robinson (CAN)
Veronica Perez (MEX)
Pamela Tajonar (MEX)

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