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NWSL: Spirit release Stengel, Castleberry

After signing two new players in the span of two weeks, the Washington Spirit have now released two players.

The Spirit announced on Wednesday morning that Katie Stengel and Cameron Castleberry have been waived.

Stengel has been with the Spirit since 2016, making 21 appearances. The forward has tallied four goals for the Spirit. She started her career in 2013 with the Los Angeles Blues, and remained there until 2014. Then, she moved on to Bayern Munich‘s women’s team in Germany, where she made 20 appearances, scoring nine goals.

During the NWSL offseason, Stengel featured in the Australian league for the Western Sydney Wanderers. In 12 appearances, Stengel scored six goals in Australia.

As for Castleberry, the midfielder was selected by the Spirit in the 2017 NWSL College Draft with the 36th overall pick. In her rookie season, Castleberry only made one appearance for the Spirit, against Sky Blue FC on May 6.

Her college career was spent with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, where she made 63 appearances and scored nine goals. She was a regular started in in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

On Twitter, Spirit head coach Jim Gabarra wished both players the best.

“Want to thank & wish Katie Stengel & Cameron Castleberry nothing but the best. Very tough decisions, both have bright futures ahead,” Gabarra wrote.

The Spirit will face off against the Boston Breakers on Saturday at Jordan Field. The match will kick off at 4 p.m. ET.

Pride, Courage release players

The Orlando Pride also released a forward.

In order to bring back Alex Morgan, and meet NWSL roster requirements, the club announced that Christina Burkenroad has been waived.

Burkenroad has been with the Pride since 2016, and has made eight appearances. Despite the release, Burkenroad is not without a new club; before she was released, she made arrangements to sign with IK Grand Bodø in Norway.

“We’re sad to see Christina leave the Pride. She has been a dedicated professional and a wonderful contributor to our team, the Club and the community,” Pride coach Tom Sermanni. “Knowing her playing time would likely have been limited with Alex’s return, we believed it would be in her best interest to provide her the opportunity to explore other options for her career. We wish Christina every success and look forward to seeing her continuing to grow both on and off the field.”

Also being waived is Rosana of the North Carolina Courage.

Rosana has been a professional since 1997, starting her career in her native Brazil with São Paulo. She has featured in different clubs in Brazil, Europe and the United States, totaling 118 competitive appearances known. Four of those appearances have come with the Courage this season.

Internationally, Rosana has represented the Brazilian Women’s National Team 112 times since 2000. She has totaled 21 goals and has appeared in the 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments.

According to the Courage, Rosana has been offered a contract from another team. However, head coach Paul Reilly did not release the name of the club.

“Rose has a better opportunity to further her career and I want to personally thank her for her commitment to the club while she was in North Carolina,” Reilly said. “She has worked hard on her personal fitness, and she now wants the opportunity to play full-time. We cannot offer that opportunity, but we sincerely wish her all the luck in her future endeavors.”


Photo of Katie Stengel courtesy of Nicole Gamard/ISI Images.

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