BOYDS, Md. – Jim Gabarra has paid the price of the Washington Spirit’s poor performance this season.
He is out as head coach and general manager of the National Women’s Soccer League team, the club announced Tuesday morning.
Assistant coach Tom Torres was named to serve as interim head coach for team’s final three games of the season. President Chris Hummer has been appointed GM.
“Jim has put as much of his heart and soul into women’s soccer, this league and this team as anyone,” Spirit owner Bill Lynch said. “He is a great professional with exceptional character and we can’t thank him enough for his efforts and wish him the best of luck.”
The team will conduct a search for a new head coach at the conclusion of the season.
The Spirit (2-15-4, 10 points) sits in eighth place in the nine-team league, with only the winless Sky Blue FC (0-14-5, 5) behind the team. Washington hasn’t won since May 23, almost three full months.
Gabarra, 58, had been the coach of the club since the 2016 season. He also guided the Washington Freedom from 2001-2010, which included stints in the defunct Women’s United Soccer Association and Women’s Professional Soccer. Gabarra also directed Sky Blue FC during two tenures, in 2011 and 2013-15.
Washington will finish its sixth NWSL season with three consecutive home games, starting on Wednesday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex against Utah Royals FC (7:30 p.m. ET).
The Spirit will host Portland Thorns FC at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Saturday in the NWSL Game of the Week on ESPNEWS (8 p.m. ET).
Washington’s season finale will be played Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Maryland SoccerPlex against Sky Blue FC (7 p.m. ET).