Briana Scurry: “I’m excited to bring my experiences and knowledge to our players, and to contribute in an effective and positive manner to the culture of the team.” (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

BOYDS, Md. – Former U.S. national team goalkeeper and 2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Briana Scurry has joined the Washington Spirit.

She will serve on the technical staff as first assistant coach of the National Women;s Soccer League club and as technical advisor for the Spirit Academy programs in Maryland and Virginia.

Scurry is a Women’s World Cup champion and two-time two Olympic gold medalist, having served as the U.S. starting goalkeeper during its championship runs at the 1996 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games. She played every minute in net during the team’s run to the 1999 Women’s World Cup title and became a global icon for women’s soccer at the finalinal, making the shootout save that set up teammate Brandi Chastain’s winning kick that vaulted the U.S. to victory over China.

Scurry, who played professionally for the Washington Freedom from 2009-2010 and resides in the D.C. area, was named an honorary captain for the Spirit in 2016, in recognition of her contributions as a mentor for current players and as an ambassador for women’s soccer.

“I’ve always been a loyal fan of the Washington Spirit and now I have the wonderful opportunity to truly be a part of the team,” Scurry said in a statement. “I’m excited to bring my experiences and knowledge to our players, and to contribute in an effective and positive manner to the culture of the team and organization as a whole.”

Added Spirit head coach and general manager Jim Gabarra: “We could not possibly be more excited and grateful to have Bri join our Spirit family. Bri brings an immense level of resources and experience that will help our players grow and develop. I look forward to working with her and helping her in her own personal growth and development.”