Spirit sign young US internationals Wells, Jones

Jennifer Gordon February 7, 2013 1

The Washington Spirit added midfielder Ingrid Wells and goalkeeper Chantel Jones to its roster on Wednesday. Both Jones and Wells were members of the U.S. team that won the 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Both players also have ties to the greater-Washington, D.C. area. Jones is a native of Midlothian, Va., about two hours south of the capitol and played in college at the University of Virginia. Wells played at Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C.

Jones will likely be the Spirit’s starting keeper to begin the season if Ashlyn Harris is not ready to join the team. During her time at the University of Virginia, Jones set the NCAA record for career shutouts (47). Jones was a member of the United States U-16, -17, -18, -20 and -23 teams. She recently played for Icelandic club Thor.

While at Georgetown, Wells set the school record for points scored (108) and assists (46) and was second all-time in goals scored (34). Wells was a member of the United States U-20 team and is currently a member of the U.S. U-23 team. Originally drafted by Sky Blue FC with the 9th pick of the 2012 WPS draft, Wells spent last season with Goteborg FC in Sweden.

The Spirit have three more free agent roster spots to fill. Sources have linked Canadian defender Candace Chapman to Washington, leaving two free agent spots unaccounted for. Washington will also have the first pick of tomorrows NWSL supplemental draft.

  • Steglitz49

    Göteborg has been hit pretty hard by the defection of Ms Wells and Press. Last season Gbg won the ladies’ cup for the second time in a row, and this season they are in the Ladies CL QF where they face the weaker of the French teams and with their full complement would stand a good chance of reaching the SF.

    At the same time one must have some sympathy for players wanting to play in their own country and for wanting to maximize their chances to get to pull on the national jersey. Not everyone is self-selected like Ms Morgan and Solo.