Krieger allocated to Washington women’s team

nwsl-logoU.S. national team veterans Ali Krieger and Lori Lindsey will play for the Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League, the third attempt to sustain a U.S. women’s pro circuit.

The Spirit will play home matches at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County beginning in April.

Krieger, a 28-year-old defender from Forest Park High School who rose through the Prince William Soccer youth program, has spent almost her entire pro career with FFC Frankfurt in Germany after starring at Penn State. She was a mainstay at right back during the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany but missed the Olympics last year with a major knee injury. She is expected to be at full strength for the start of the NWSL season.

Lindsey, 32, played for the University of Virginia and the Washington Freedom in both the WUSA and WPS. She made one appearance during the 2011 Women’s World Cup and was an alternate on the Olympic roster.

In allocating 55 players to the eight clubs, the NWSL assigned five others to the Spirit: U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, 27, who has been playing for Duisburg in Germany; defender Robyn Gayle, 27, and midfielder Diana Matheson, 28, from the Canadian national team; and defender Alina Garciamendez, 21, and forward Teresa Worbis, 29, from Mexico’s national team.

Matheson, a Princeton graduate who has represented Canada on the senior level for 10 years, scored in Canada’s 1-0 victory over France in the Olympic bronze medal match. Gayle played at North Carolina. Garciamendez is an American from Texas who starred at Stanford before committing to Mexico through family lineage.

Among the marquee U.S. players available, goalkeeper Hope Solo and midfielder Megan Rapinoe were allocated to the Seattle Reign; forward Abby Wambach, the 2012 FIFA player of the year, to the Western New York Flash in her hometown of Rochester; and forward Alex Morgan to the Portland Thorns. Canadian striker Christine Sinclair was also sent to Portland.

The entire allocation list is available here.

The U.S., Canadian and Mexican federations are subsidizing the league by paying salaries of their top players: 23 Americans and 16 from each of the other countries.

Wambach had played for the Washington Freedom in the two previous top-tier leagues: WUSA (2001-03) and WPS (2009-11).

A four-round college draft will take place next Friday in Indianapolis. Clubs will fill out their 20-player rosters by signing free agents and up to two additional foreigners.

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