Spirit trades cap­tain Krieger to Pride

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS -

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.

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