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Krueger inks three-year deal with Spirit in move from Chicago
Washington, D.C. (01/10/2024) – The Washington Spirit has agreed to terms with free agent defender Casey Krueger on a three-year contract, the club announced today.
Krueger began her NWSL career with the Boston Breakers after she was selected with the fifth overall pick in 2013’s inaugural NWSL College Draft. Due to injuries, Krueger was unable to compete in the 2013 or 2014 seasons, despite the Chicago Red Stars acquiring her discovery rights following the 2013 season. Following a successful stint abroad, Krueger began her playing career in the NWSL in 2016 with the Red Stars, where she stayed until signing her new deal with the Spirit this offseason.
In 129 matches (all competitions), Krueger has started all but three, logging 11,214 minutes, eight goals (including five game-winners) and 11 assists. She has earned multiple Best XI honors and in 2019, was the first NWSL player to feature on every Team of the Month squad. Krueger has also been a longtime feature on United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) rosters, recording 42 career caps and four assists, including appearances in five USWNT matches in 2023.
“I am beyond excited to be joining the Washington Spirit,” said Krueger. “From the outstanding leadership to the incredibly talented roster, it is clear that this is a world class organization that’s leading the way in women’s football. I look forward to continuing my growth as a player in the Nation’s Capital and helping the team accomplish even more success.”
Hailing from Naperville, Illinois, Krueger attended Florida State University, where she played for the Seminoles program led by Mark Krikorian, the Spirit’s current President of Soccer Operations/General Manager. A standout from her first season, Krueger earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors in 2008 before being recognized on the All-ACC Second Team in 2010 and 2012. She finished her Florida State career tied for first in program history with 11 assists in ACC play. In July of 2022, Krueger gave birth to her son, Caleb.
“Casey brings a championship pedigree and veteran presence to the Spirit,” said Mark Krikorian, Washington Spirit President of Soccer Operations/General Manager. “With her world-class defensive qualities, she will instantly enhance our defense’s potential. Her experience and grit will be essential to our team both on and off the pitch.”
About The Washington Spirit
The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Launched in 2012, the Spirit plays in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit WashingtonSpirit.com and follow the club on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.