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NWSL: Kristie Mewis traded to Red Stars

Krisite Mewis is heading to Chi-Town.

The midfielder has been traded from the Washington Spirit to the Chicago Red Stars, both clubs announced on Monday.

Mewis will head to the Red Stars, who are fighting for a playoff spot, and the Spirit will receive Chicago’s first-round pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.

In addition, to make room for Mewis, the Red Stars announced that they waived midfielder Morgan Proffitt.

“We want to thank Kristie for all she’s done for the club this year,” said Spirit head coach Jim Gabarra. “She’s made several strong contributions to help our team this season. We wish her all the best in Chicago.”

Mewis began her NWSL career in 2013 with FC Kansas City, making 20 appearances and scoring one goal. In 2014, she signed with the Boston Breakers, where she remained for three seasons. In Boston, Mewis made 51 appearances, scoring 10 goals.

She joined the Spirit this past offseason, in a trade with the Breakers. This season, Mewis made 14 appearances, scoring two goals. 10 of her appearances were starts, and Mewis also added one assist in a Spirit uniform.

It won’t take long for Mewis – who is the older sister of Samantha Mewis of the North Carolina Courage – to face her former club. The Spirit and Red Stars face off on Saturday, at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

On Saturday, Gabarra noted before the Spirit took on the Courage that Mewis was on the trading block. In addition, Gabarra withheld her from the match.

“When we acquired Kristie, our team, our roster was in a different place,” Gabarra said. “She was an important part of our roster at the beginning of the season. We didn’t know that we were going to get [Mallory Pugh]. We didn’t know for sure that [Estefanía Banini] was going to be coming back. We don’t know that Havana [Solaun] was going to be as effective as she has been. We had the opportunity to make some moves now here and maybe get a top draft pick or strengthen our team next year by using a quality piece and maybe providing that to a team that’s in the playoff hunt.”


Photo of Kristie Mewis courtesy of Mike Gridley/ISI

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