The Washington Spirit re-signed six players for the 2019 NWSL season, the club announced on Friday.
“We have a fabulous group of players returning to our 2019 squad,” said Spirit head coach Richie Burke said in a press release. “I’m really looking forward to getting going with all of them during our preseason preparation starting next week.”
NEWS | Washington Spirit re-signs six core players ahead of 2019 season
— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) March 1, 2019
The Spirit also announced earlier in the week that they signed forward/defender Paige Nielsen.
Nielsen was selected in the 2016 NWSL College Draft by Reign FC, but has spent the past few years playing overseas. Most recently Nielsen played in the W-League for Canberra United.
— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) February 28, 2019
Sky Blue FC announced their full preseason schedule which includes four matches at Sportika Sports.
Sky Blue will first face St. John’s University on Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. ET. Next up, Denise Reddy’s team will play the University of West Virginia on Saturday, March 23 at 3 p.m. ET and then will close out the month against Rutgers University on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. ET. Sky Blue’s final preseason match will be against the University of North Carolina on Saturday, April 6 at 3 p.m. ET.
Preseason schedule is here!
— Sky Blue FC (@SkyBlueFC) February 28, 2019
On Friday, Reign FC defender Yael Averbuch announced that she will not return to the team for preseason ahead of the 2019 NWSL season due to illness. Averbuch has been in an ongoing battle with ulcerative colitis.
“Yael is a warrior. I know how much she loves the game and how hard she has worked to get back on the pitch,” Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski said in a press release. “The entire team supports her in her fight to get healthy and we’ll welcome her back to the team whenever she is ready to play again.”
Defender @Yael_Averbuch has suspended her playing career due to an ongoing illness. We hope to have her back with the team as soon as she is ready. Read more here: https://t.co/gOizR6ZDTC pic.twitter.com/tZIE2Za01Y
— Reign FC (@ReignFC) March 1, 2019
“I look forward to returning to play with Reign FC as soon as I’m physically able to give it my all,” said Averbuch.