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Boyds, Md. (3/22/19) – Washington Spirit new signee, Paige Nielson, who first played in the NWSL in 2016 before a stint in South Korea, had this to say on the quality of the league: “I’m excited. The league has changed in many ways, we see a lot of new faces a lot of new coaches,” she continued, “the league is just getting better and better. We have more foreign players, we’re competing to be the best league in the world.
The defender was confident in the Spirit’s younger players, and understood their role during a World Cup year: “I think the rookies will play a bigger role this year, which is exciting with the World Cup and everything… The veterans have been really accepting to all the new rookies and new players, as well as the rookies being open and kind. We’re all meshing together well.”
Nielsen echoed the team mantra on making winning a habit when discussing what it will take to create a winning culture in Washington. She was sure in the defense’s ability to stay focused and not allow goals, citing two important factors, confidence and consistency, as keys to being successful.