German National Team veteran and reigning Champions League winner Conny Pohlers joining Washington Spirit
By Washington Spirit by Kim Tate
The Washington Spirit have agreed to loan terms with German forward Conny Pohlers, who is coming off a historic championship campaign with Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg. During her campaign with Wolsburg, she became the all-time leader in goals scored in European competition. Pending the completion of NWSL and international transfer paperwork, the native of Halle, East Germany could be available as early as Saturday, June 15, when the Spirit host Western NY Flash at the SoccerPlex (7:00 p.m. kickoff - tickets.washingtonspirit.com).
Pohlers recently helped VfL Wolfsburg to its first UEFA Women's Champions League title along with Bundesliga and German Cup trophies. She boasts 32 goals in 35 appearances across all competitions, capturing her third Champions League title with a third different club, having won also with FFC Frankfurt in 2008 and Turbine Potsdam in 2005. Pohlers won the 2008 title alongside current Spirit defender Ali Krieger, who she contacted in March about playing in the NWSL this summer.
"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."
With eight goals in the her latest Champions League campaign, Pohlers moved to the top of the all-time list with 42 career European goals.
The successful season added to Pohlers' legacy as one of the most prolific scorers in German women's soccer. She has amassed more than 300 goals in nearly two decades as a professional, including one season with the Atlanta Beat of the WUSA in 2003. She is a three-time scoring champion in the Bundesliga, twice with Turbine Potsdam (2002, 2006) and most recently with 25 goals in all competitions for FFC Frankfurt (2011).
Pohlers was a force with the heralded German national team for most of the last decade, with 67 career appearances and 28 goals, good for 12th on Germany's all-time scoring list. She was a member of teams that captured the 2003 Women's World Cup and the 2005 European Championship, and she owns bronze medals from the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
The addition of Pohlers along with previously announced U.S. Under-23 defender Toni Pressely will require the Spirit to waive or trade a current player before both are officially added, as NWSL rules limit active rosters to just 20 players.
Additional Notes: Spirit players Carolyn Miller and Colleen Williams will attend the U.S. Open Cup match Wednesday at the Maryland SoccerPlex between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union (tickets at dcunited.com). Ticket sales for the Spirit's game this Saturday against the Flash have reached 3,500. Partial season ticket plans offering approximately 50% face value for the Spirit's remaining seven regular season home games will only be available until midnight this Friday, June 14. Fans are encouraged to order tickets in advance at tickets.washingtonspirit.com.