Washington, (6/17/2022) – The Washington Spirit have signed six players to the current roster as replacements for the national team (NTR), the club announced today. Players will fill in the roster in the absence of seven USWNT Spirit players and one Mexico women’s team player.
Among NTR there is a midfielder / forward Brenna Connellforward Jamia Fieldsmidfielder Andrea Frekerforward Audrey Hardingmidfielder Cathy Murray and midfielder Marissa Sheva. Both Harding and Sheva were most recently classified as injury substitutes but will now be reclassified as NTRs.
Brenna Connell comes to Spirit from BIIK Kazygurt in Kazakhstan. A native of Olney, Maryland, Brenna played four seasons at George Mason University. During her career with the Patriots, Connell appeared in 60 games and played 2,065 minutes in addition to one goal and seven assists. Since her college days, Connell has also played professionally in Israel and Germany.
Jamia Fields joins Spirit from Houston Dash. She attended Florida State University from 2011 to 2014, playing four seasons for the Seminoles. During her time at Tallahassee, Fields scored 30 goals and earned All-ACC second-team honors, as well as ACC and College Cup All-Tournament honors in 2014. After attending college, Fields turned professional and has played for Western New York ever since. Flash, Orlando Pride and Houston Dash of the NWSL, as well as Arna-Bjornar and Avaldsnes IL of Toppserien, Norway’s top women’s soccer league.
Andrea Freker played college football at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. In her five seasons with the Cougars, Frerker scored 11 goals and provided 13 assists. She earned All-Ohio Valley Conference Second Team honors in 2018 and was named Conference First Team in 2021 and was named the league linebacker of the year.
Audrey Harding attended UNC-Wilmington from 2017 to 2021. The Northeast Ohio native has earned All-CAA first team honors in each of her last two seasons at UNCW and second team honors in 2019. Harding scored 23 goals and 20 assists in her five seasons. in Wilmington, having seen playing time in 68 games, 35 of which were starts. Harding’s 2021 season proved to be her best season statistically, with eight goals and seven assists in 13 starts and the most minutes played in her entire college career.
Katie Murray arrives in Washington from the Dutch club PEC Zwolle. In four seasons at the University of Illinois, Murray scored 13 goals and had four assists for the Fighting Illini. Murray also received All-Big Ten Second Team and All-Tournament First Team honors in 2018. After her career in Illinois, Murray played professionally in Finland and Spain before landing in the Netherlands.
Marissa Sheva has won the Big Ten Offensive of the Week award twice in her past two seasons in Pennsylvania. In her senior season, Sheva scored three game-winning goals for the Nittany Lions. Sheva scored 13 goals and nine assists in her four seasons at State College, playing time in 92 games, 60 of which were starts. Sheva previously played for NWSL club Utah Royals FC in 2020 after a brief stint with Deportivo Alavés Gloriosas in the Primera División, Spain’s top women’s league.
FIFA Spirit will play three matches without foreign players during the summer window. Washington will travel to Southern California to play San Diego Wave FC on Sunday, July 3rd before hosting Kansas City Current at Segra Field on Sunday, July 10th and Orlando Pride at Audi Field on Sunday, July 17th.
On the Spirit of Washington
The Washington Spirit is a professional women’s soccer team based at Segra Field in Leesburg, Virginia and Audi Field in Washington, DC. Spirit, founded in 2012, plays in the Women’s National Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about Spirit, visit www.WashingtonSpirit.com and follow the club on Twitter. @washspirit and on facebook at facebook.com/washingtonspirit.