Washington Spirit and U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris will join Swedish club Tyresö FF after the NWSL season, Tyresö announced on Monday. The deal “extends initially until November 2013.”
The inaugural NWSL regular season ends on August 17. Washington officially became the first club eliminated from playoff contention after losing to Chicago 1-0 on Saturday and the Western New York Flash’s 3-0 win over Sky Blue FC on Sunday.
Via the Swedish press release, Harris said the move is all about gaining valuable experience at the current Damallsvenskan leaders. Fellow U.S. international Christen Press plays for Tyresö and leads the league in scoring with 12 goals. Marta — her teammate — has nine. U.S. teammate Meghan Klingenberg also plays at Tyresö.
“In Ashlyn we get a goalie with the classic American winning attitude,” Tyresö coach Tony Gustasson said. “Ashlyn is very good at communicating, an athletic goalie who is good with her feet and totally fearless in the penalty area.”
Tyresö’s last scheduled league game is Oct. 20, but they are in the UEFA Champions League.