Are Goalkeeper Woes Over for the Washington Freedom?

Shobha KondraguntaCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

The Washington Freedom is 1-2-2 in the WPS 2009 season so far.  With veterans like Abby Wambach, Homari Sawa, Briana Scurry, and Cat Whitehill on the roster, this kind of performance is not something that the Freedom was expecting. 

A lack of top-notch goalkeeping has hampered the Freedom—12 goals were scored on the Freedom in five games. 

Olympic gold medalist Scurry, from the very start, showed poor form by allowing teams to score easy goals on her.  She could not create any offense out of her punts and goal kicks, which seldom pass the half-way mark. 

Kati Jo Spisak replaced Scurry in the last two games and allowed six goals.  She made some tough saves but also made her share of mistakes.  When the Freedom played St. Louis Athletica on a rainy day, Hope Solo got full marks for fielding the ball by the book while Spisak scrambled a lot with the slippery ball. 

Now, all eyes are on Erin McLeod who finally got her work visa and arrived in Washington, DC from Canada.   

The pressure on McLeod to deliver shutouts is enormous but it is worth noting that she is returning from an ACL injury.  It remains to be seen how well she performs if and when she starts.  

Photo Credit: WPS