Washington Spirit names Mark Parsons as new head coach

Washington Spirit names Mark Parsons as new head coach

The Washington Spirit introduced that Mark Parsons will rejoin the crew as the brand new head coach, after beforehand main the NWSL facet from 2013 to 2015.

He replaces Kris Ward, who departed in August following an incident within the Membership’s coaching grounds. Previous to his dismissal, the crew had been on a 17-match winless streak.

“Mark is without doubt one of the finest coaches within the sport and we’re thrilled to have him guiding our crew as we begin a brand new chapter,” Spirit president of soccer operations Mark Krikorian mentioned.

“After an intensive search course of, we’re assured that Mark’s expertise and accomplishments are what we’d like as we proceed to rebuild this membership.”

Parsons will take over as a well-recognized determine within the Washington Spirit group. After his preliminary departure in 2015, he went on to guide the Portland Thorns to the NWSL Protect in 2016 and the championship in 2017.

He additionally propelled the Thorns to the Problem Cup title in 2021.

Parsons went on to guide the Netherlands girls’s nationwide crew in 2021, taking the crew to the summer season’s Euros earlier than parting methods when falling within the quarterfinals.

However because the Spirit’s announcement, the top coach mentioned he’s “grateful” for the chance. 

“We now have a robust basis of world-class gamers and we’re going to construct on that,” he mentioned. “I’m dedicated to assembling the absolute best crew with Mark Krikorian to carry out on the highest degree day in and time out. We’ll create a Spirit normal of excellence, one which D.C. and our supporters can proudly put money into. Michele [Kang] is constructing a world-class membership and I’m excited to be part of it.”

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