The Washington Spirit will finally catch a break off the temporary loan of German forward Conny Pohlers to help their struggling offense.
With a loan to the Spirit, Pohlers will help the team throughout the rest of the NWSL season (which runs through August). Pending the completion of international and NWSL paperwork, it’s possible the forward could be available for a spot on the starting roster as early as Saturday, June 15 when WNY Flash clashes with the Spirit at the SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD.
The native of Halle, East Germany recently lead VfL Wolfsburg to its first UEFA Championship League title after beating out French powerhouse Lyon 1-0 in the final. She also helped the same team capture Bundesliga and German Cup trophies. Netting eight goals in her most recent Champions League campaign, Pohlers sits at the top of the table for all time leading scorer in the Champions League with 42 career European goals.
The striker has had a successful career so far, capturing three Champions League titles with three different clubs, FFC Frankfurt in 2008 and Turbine Potsdam in 2005. The 2008 title was won alongside current Spirit defender Ali Krieger whom she contacted in March about playing in the NWSL.
The previous German Women’s National Team forward recorded 28 goals in 67 appearances with the team which was enough to place her in 12th on Germanys all time leading scorer list. She was a member of the 2003 squad that brought home gold from the Women’s World Cup as well as bronze from the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Said to be one of the most prolific scorers in German Women’s Soccer Pohlers is a three-time leading scorer in the Bundesliga, twice with Turbine Potsdam in 2002 and 2006 and most recently in 2011 with FFC Frankfurt netting 25 goals in all competitions.
“She’s a world class player who has scored goals at every level. We’re extremely excited to get Conny onto the field,” said Spirit Head Coach Mike Jorden. “She also will be a great mentor for the young group of attackers we have here today.”
Washington Spirit who sit in sixth place in the NWSL standings (1-4-3 6pts) will look forward to adding a strong, experienced, offensive player to their roster. The team also recently signed U.S under-23 defender Toni Pressley. Because of these transactions the Spirit will have to say goodbye to a current player on their roster to make room for Pohlers and Pressley, as NWSL rules limit active rosters to 20 players. No word yet from the Spirit on who has been released.