Washington, D.C. – The Washington Spirit has made several roster moves this offseason in preparation for its upcoming 12th season in 2024, the club announced today.
The Spirit has six players in the NWSL’s latest free agent class. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, defender Amber Brooks, midfielder Bayley Feist and midfielder Tori Huster are all unrestricted free agents (UFA) and thus eligible to sign with any club with which they reach an agreement. Defender/forward Camryn Biegalski and midfielder Marissa Sheva are restricted free agents (RFA) and are thus able to negotiate with other clubs but the Spirit retains the right to match any offers they may receive. These players were able to begin negotiations for their 2024 Standard Player Agreements on Friday, September 22, 2023. Agreements for all NWSL free agents will be announced when their terms are finalized through the league office.
The club would like to thank midfielder Nicole Douglas, defender Maddie Elwell and midfielder Inès Jaurena for their valuable contributions to the Spirit. The playing rights for all three will be distributed through the waiver wire. Should their rights not be picked up through the waiver wire, they will become eligible for the discovery process as they do not yet meet the three-year NWSL service time minimum requirement to be eligible for restricted free agency.
“Nicole, Maddie and Inès all played important roles during their tenure with the Spirit and provided phenomenal value on and off the pitch,” said President of Soccer Operations/General Manager Mark Krikorian. “We thank them for their dedication and work ethic and look forward to following their future successes.”
Elwell joined the Spirit after being drafted by the club in the second round of the 2022 NWSL Draft and appeared in 19 total matches over the past two years, tallying one goal across over 800 minutes of action. Jaurena signed with the club in February, making the jump to the NWSL after ten professional seasons in France. She appeared in 17 total matches for the Spirit in 2023, playing over 1,100 minutes. Douglas was drafted by the Spirit in the third round of the 2023 NWSL Draft and made 16 total appearances for the club this year, seeing over 400 minutes of playing time.
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