Washington Spirit’s Joanna Lohman Announces Retirement from Professional Soccer
Montgomery County native, Washington Spirit midfielder Joanna Lohman announced yesterday that she has officially retired from the National Women’s Soccer League and professional soccer effective immediately. The 36-year-old played professionally in the Washington D.C. and Philadelphia areas for over a decade.
Lohman, a Maryland native hailing from Silver Spring, has nine caps with the United States Women’s National Team and began her professional career after four years at Penn State University. After graduating with honors in 2003, with no domestic professional league in place, Lohman spent time overseas until she was drafted by Saint Louis Athletica of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) during the 2008 WPS Draft. Lohman did not want to leave the Maryland area and she was traded to the Washington Freedom, who played their home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
Lohman first joined the Spirit in 2015 and played 17 out of 20 matches in her first year with the team. In the 2016 NWSL season, Lohman propelled the team to a championship appearance by playing in all 20 matches plus the playoff semifinal. In 2016, Lohman scored four goals which was good for second-best on the team that year. She netted a spectacular bicycle-kick goal against the Boston Breakers a in the 2016 season opener.
She suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the 11th minute of the opening game of the 2017 NWSL season, but fought back through rehabilitation to return at the beginning of the 2018 season fully healthy and scored the Spirit’s first goal of that season against Seattle. In the final game of 2018, Lohman was named the honorary captain of the Spirit.