The Washington Spirit announced early Monday morning that they have relieved Head Coach Mike Jorden and assistant coaches Kris Ward and German Peri of their coaching duties following a 1-7-3 start to the season. The Spirit have not won a game since a 4-2 win over Seattle on May 16.
“I feel everyone at the club has, and will continue to have, great respect for Mike as a professional and as a person,” Spirit general manager Chris Hummer said. “But the poor results of the past six weeks have pushed the team into last place, and that’s just not something we can accept. We have the best fans in NWSL, and they deserve a winning team.”
Washington Spirit Reserves coach Mark Parsons will take over for the Spirit effective immediately but will have little time to make any major changes as the Spirit take the field on July 3 when they host FC Kansas City. Parsons has coached the DC United Women Under 20 team to a national final and has spent time with Chelsea FC in various coaching roles, including as a head coach of the Chelsea Ladies Reserve.
The news comes just days following a 4-0 steamrolling by the Western New York Flash where goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris hinted that changes needed to be made in order for the team to turn it around in the second half of the season.