By The Sports Pulse Staff
Boyds, Md.– The Washington Spirit announced an initial 31-player roster as the 2020 NWSL Preseason officially begins today.
Included on the 31-player roster are six non-roster invitees and five players that were selected in the 2020 NWSL College Draft.
The Spirit will have an inaugural preseason warm-weather camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida, from March 12 to March 25. The warm-weather camp will provide Spirit players with high-quality pitch conditions and will improve the quality of outdoor training sessions.
The Spirit will return to the DMV to play their first game of the preseason on March 28 against the University of Virginia at the Maryland SoccerPlex. For the Spirit’s full preseason schedule, and more information, click here.
Five members of the roster have recent the United States Women’s National Team experience, with midfielders Rose Lavelle and Andi Sullivan currently with the team at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup and Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe, forward Ashley Hatch, midfielder Jordan DiBiasi having joined the USWNT for training camps in November, December and February, respectively.
Canadian international Jenna Hellstrom joined the Canadian Women’s National Team for the 2019 World Cup, and forward Kumi Yokoyama has 43 career caps for the Japanese Women’s National Team.
The Spirit roster has five 2020 NWSL College Draft picks on the roster for the second year in a row. The players were selected across all four rounds of the draft, ranging from the No. 4 overall pick to No. 32. No. 4 pick Ashley Sanchez (UCLA), No. 13 Natalie Jacobs (USC), No, 17 Averie Collins (Washington State University), No. 23 Katie McClure (Kansas), and No. 32 Kaiya McCullough (UCLA) will be making their professional debuts March 28 against the UVA.
The six Non-Roster Invitees are Taylor Aylmer, Alexandra Jackson, Morgan Goff, Lauren Harkes, Meghan McCool, and Dani Rhodes.
Lavelle and Sullivan will rejoin the club after the conclusion of the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. Bledsoe and Staab will rejoin the team after the conclusion of play in the W-League in Australia. Bledsoe’s Sydney FC and Staab’s Western Sydney will both be playing in the W-League Semi-Finals this weekend.
Tickets for all Spirit home games and the home opener against OL Reign at Audi Field on April 18 are available now!
2020 Washington Spirit Preseason Roster
Goalkeepers (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (NYR), Devon Kerr, Katie Lund
Defenders (10): Tegan McGrady, Sam Staab (NYR), Paige Nielsen, Taylor Aylmer (NRI), Jenna Hellstrom, Brooke Hendrix, Tori Huster, Alexandra Jackson (NRI), Kaiya McCullough (CDP), Natalie Jacobs (CDP)
Midfielders (10): Dorian Bailey, Jaye Boisierre, Jordan DiBiasi, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Morgan Goff (NRI), Lauren Harkes (NRI), Rose Lavelle (NYR, FED-USA), Meghan McCool (NRI), Jessie Scarpa, Andi Sullivan (NYR)
Forwards (8): Averie Collins (CDP), Bayley Feist, Ashley Hatch, Katie McClure (CDP), Dani Rhodes (NRI), Ashley Sanchez (CDP), Crystal Thomas, Kumi Yokoyama
CDP – 2020 NWSL College Draft pick
NRI – Non-Roster Invitee
NYR – Not Yet Reported to Camp
FED – 2020 Federation Player