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Spirit to start season with Harris, without Garciamendez

Ashlyn Harris

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:

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