The women's professional soccer team that will take the field at Maryland SoccerPlex this spring in the National Women's Soccer League will have a familiar feel.
Ali Krieger, Lori Lindsey and Ashlyn Harris, who were allocated to the Washington Spirit, all represented the Washington Freedom of the recently defunct WPS. Lindsey also played for the Freedom a decade ago in the WUSA.
None of them was on the gold medal-winning team at last summer's Olympics -- the only one of seven NWSL teams for which that is the case. Krieger, a 28-year-old defender from Dumfries, was out with a knee injury but is now healthy. Lindsey, 32, was an Olympic alternate. Harris, 27, is further down the U.S. depth chart.
The biggest attractions of the third attempt at a women's league will be with Thorns FC in Portland, Ore., and the Western New York Flash. Thorns FC received U.S. forward Alex Morgan and legendary Canadian striker Christine Sinclair, while Abby Wambach will return to her native Rochester alongside Carli Lloyd, who scored both U.S. goals in last summer's gold-medal match.
- Craig Stouffer