Washington Spirit acquires Australian national team midfielder Chloe Logarzo
(Original article posted Feb 14, 2019 via washingtonpost.com, © 2019)
The Washington Spirit has acquired two Australian players ahead of the National Women’s Soccer League season: national team midfielder Chloe Logarzo and her Sydney FC teammate, midfielder Amy Harrison.
Logarzo, 24, will arrive on loan from Sydney; Harrison, 22, is a transfer.
“Adding two quality players of proven international pedigree like Chloe and Amy is huge for our club,” first-year coach Richie Burke said in a written statement Thursday. “Having spoken to both players regularly during this process, I know they are very excited to join us here in Washington — and I believe they will make a huge impact with our team and in our league.”
Logarzo has played regularly for the national team since November 2013 and scored six goals for sixth-ranked Australia, which will be among the contenders at the Women’s World Cup in France this summer. She scored against the top-ranked United States last summer during a Tournament of Nations match in East Hartford, Conn., finishing a blistering counterattack.
Logarzo has spent most of her club career with Sydney FC. She also had spells with Newcastle (Australia), Eskilstuna (Sweden) and Avaldsnes (Norway).
Her most recent appearance for the national team came in November during a 5-0 victory over Chile. She played 73 minutes and recorded an assist.
Harrison has not played for the national team since late 2017. She has been part of the Sydney program since 2012, missing the 2016 campaign with a knee injury.
This weekend, Sydney will host Perth Glory in the W-League championship game. Spirit goalkeeper Audrey Bledsoe is playing on loan for Sydney during the NWSL offseason.
The Spirit, which had a 2-17-5 record, will open training camp next month with a roster featuring U.S. national team players Mallory Pugh, Rose Lavelle and Andi Sullivan. The league will kick off its seventh season April 13-14.
Washington has scheduled four preseason matches: James Madison University on March 16 in Richmond; French club Bordeaux on March 23 at Maryland SoccerPlex; University of North Carolina on March 30 in Leesburg; and Virginia Tech on April 6 at SoccerPlex.