Spirit to start season with Harris, without Garciamendez

Jeff Kassouf February 23, 2013 6
Ashlyn Harris

Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris will be available for the Washington Spirit from the start of the season. (Photo Credit: Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

Washington Spirit and Mexican international defender Alina Garciamendez will be unavailable for the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season as she finishes her studies at Stanford University, The Equalizer has learned.

Garciamendez was left off the latest Mexico training camp roster due to the same reason. Commencement at Stanford takes place on Sunday, June 16, meaning she likely won’t be available until after that date.

Christopher Cuellar, who serves as one of Mexico’s assistant coaches under his father, Leo, confirmed on Twitter on Saturday that Sofia Huerta was also not on the roster due to academic commitments. Huerta attends Santa Clara University.

In more positive news for the Spirit, US goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris is set to start the season in Washington after having her FCR Duisburg contract terminated. She announced the news via Twitter early Saturday.

Surrounding tweets by Harris suggest her time in Duisburg did not end on the most pleasant of terms:

  • Alfred

    If Washington got an extra free agent cause Harris wouldn’t be there I think she should not be allowed on the team till June.

    • StarCityFan

      Well, they haven’t actually signed that free agent, so maybe they won’t be allowed to now.

    • necron99

      They would just immediately ask for said player as a discovery player, before anyone else would know about it.

    • Steglitz49

      Seeing that Duisburg is in financial difficulties — hard to believe of a team that won the CL just a couple of years ago but that is the precarious life of ladies’ soccer the world over — letting DC take her from day one makes sense from the balancing of their books if nothing else.

      The details will be worked out in a comradely and mutually trustful spirit.

  • StarCityFan

    Good on Garciamendez for putting her studies first. I just hope we get her this summer instead of Frankfurt.

  • Steglitz49

    Good news for soccer-playing young girls in west London. The Chelsea Foundation is creating a lasting legacy for women’s football by providing free girls-only coaching sessions for under-12s at local schools. See:
    http://www.chelseafc.com/chelsea-ladies-article/article/3084203/title/schools-could-win-free-girls-only-coaching-with-the-chelsea-foundation

    This is to celebrate the Ladies’ Champions League Final coming to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s main ground. There will be 10 free coaching sessions for the shcools that qualify. The coaching sessions will culminate in a female football festival at the club’s training ground where each of the teams will compete in a 4v4 tournament. Teams will play against other girls’ clubs and girls-only school teams at the festival for the chance to win the Chelsea Cup.

    To think that just a couple of years ago Chelsea almost followed Man Utd and closed down their women’s section. John Terry, of all people, stepped in and helped the ladies survive.