Washington Spirit Midfielder Croix Bethune Named NWSL Rookie of the Month, Presented by Ally

Washington Spirit  |   May 7, 2024

Bethune recognized as the best first-year player in the NWSL during March and April competition 


Washington, D.C. (05/07/2024) – Washington Spirit midfielder Croix Bethune has been named the NWSL Rookie of the Month, presented by Ally, for her performance during March and April play, the league announced today. 


Bethune was a key reason for the Spirit’s hot start to the 2024 regular season as she netted three goals, two of which were game-winners, and added an assist during the club’s March and April matches. Her stellar performance helped the Spirit to a four-match win streak, it’s longest since the side’s NWSL Championship run in 2021. 



Bethune is already making a case to be May’s Rookie of the Month as well. In the Spirit’s first match of the month, she became just the fifth player in NWSL history to record three assists in a single regular season match, paving the way for big midweek victory for Washington against the Red Stars.


Selected with the third overall pick in this year’s NWSL Draft, Bethune started all six matches of March/April competition, playing 532 out of a possible 540 minutes to start the year. Alongside fellow first-year player Hal Hershfelt and Spirit veteran Andi Sullivan, Bethune completes a starting midfield that accounted for six goals in six matches. Bethune is the second Spirit player to earn Rookie of the Month honors in the past year, joining fellow midfielder Paige Metayer who won the award for her performance last June. 

The NWSL Rookie of the Month, presented by Ally award is selected each month of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis, and the NWSL’s on-air broadcast talent. 



About The Washington Spirit  

The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based in Washington, D.C. and plays at Audi Field in Buzzard Point. The Spirit was founded on November 21, 2012 and are an inaugural member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the premier women’s soccer league in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit WashingtonSpirit.com and follow the club on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

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