The Washington Spirit have announced that midfielder Kristie Mewis has been traded to the Chicago Red Stars for a first-round draft pick. The trade was made official today despite knowing about the trade since Saturday.
Prior to the Spirit’s matchup with the North Carolina Courage on Saturday, Washington announced that Mewis would be unavailable for the match because of an upcoming trade. This was strange for fans to see because it didn’t make sense why the trade was just announced. It later came out that paperwork was holding up the deal and would be completed on Monday.
This trade is one that makes sense for both sides. For Chicago, it gives them a solid midfielder to add depth prior to the playoffs. Not only can Mewis play in the midfield, but she can also add depth as a forward. As a quality free kick taker, there is a lot of upside to her play.
For Washington, a draft pick helps them build for the future. Currently sitting in tenth place in the standings, Washington has little left to play for this season. The move allows them to unload a player off the roster while also preparing for the 2018 season.
“We’re in a situation where we have some extra depth and if we can get some good value for players maybe moving to a team that’s got something to play for to get into the playoffs and get a piece or a draft pick for the future that’s going to help us next year,” Gabarra said after the game vs. North Carolina. “Yeah, we’re not giving up on this year and looking towards next year but at the same time, you have to take advantage of the assets you have and if someone is interested in a player and they come to us, we’re going to consider it.”
With forward Francisca Ordega and goalkeeper Kelsey Wys set to return this week, the Spirit will have to make some roster moves to keep both on the active roster. The Mewis trade will certainly help, but another move would have to be made to keep both on the roster. Forward Yanara Aedo had surgery recently for a meniscus tear. It is most likely that she will be put on the Season Ending Injury list or the 45-day disabled list.
As the playoffs draw closer, don’t be surprised if other playoff-bound teams make moves to shore up their roster for the final stretch.