Notebook: Spirit re-signings; Sky Blue preseason schedule and more
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The Spirit midfielder chipped in one assist in the 2018 NWSL season. (Photo credit:
The Spirit midfielder chipped in one assist in the 2018 NWSL season. (Photo credit:

The Washington Spirit re-signed six players for the 2019 NWSL season, the club announced on Friday.

Meggie Dougherty Howard, Mallory Eubanks, Ashley Hatch, Tori Huster, Arielle Ship and Andi Sullivan all will return to the Spirit.

“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.”

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.


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.


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.”

“I look forward to returning to play with Reign FC as soon as I’m physically able to give it my all,” said Averbuch.


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