Spirit trades captain Krieger to Pride
Defender Ali Krieger, the Washington Spirit captain who helped inspire a run to the National Women’s Soccer League final last month, was traded to the Orlando Pride on Wednesday. In exchange, the Spirit swapped spots with the Pride in the NWSL’s distribution ranking order, which determines the allocation of elite players to the 10 teams. Washington is now No. 2 on the list behind the Boston Breakers, while Orlando falls to No. 9. Krieger, 32, a two-time U.S. World Cup starter from Dumfries, Va., had played for the Spirit since the NWSL’s inaugural season in 2013. The trade reunites her with goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, a U.S. teammate who departed the Spirit for Orlando last offseason in the expansion draft. Krieger and Harris were Washington’s original allocations from the U.S. national team player pool. It’s unclear whether Krieger requested a trade or the team made the decision unilaterally. According to sources, she learned of the trade from the Pride, not the Spirit.