Washington Spirit Hires Morinao Imaizumi as Player Development Coach

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During the offseason, the Washington Spirit are continuing to make roster adjustments. The most recent piece of information that has come to light is that Morinao Imaizumi has been hired to serve as Player Development Coach. The Spirit has brought on not one but two new coaches in the past seven days.

Because Imaizumi was a coach at Florida State University from 2011 to 2012 and again from 2015 to 2021, Spirit President of Soccer Operations Mark Krikorian and Imaizumi have a very close relationship.

It’s likely that Imaizumi was able to move to Washington, DC more easily because of this connection.

What do you think about the hiring of Imaizumi?

Before accepting the position of assistant coach with the Seattle Sounders in January, Imaizumi worked as an assistant for the Chicago Red Stars. In Japan, he has coached at many different levels, from beginners to pros, and has even been an assistant coach for the Japanese national team.

“I have had the pleasure of working with many great coaches, and Ima is one of the best in the world when it comes to player development,” Krikorian said in the press release announcing the hiring of Imaizumi. His knowledge of both how the game works and how to play it well will help our players a lot.

The Spirit is a young team that struggled during the previous season because they relied on players with less experience than usual. They would greatly benefit from hiring a coach who has previous experience training younger players.

Krikorian and Spirit owner Y. Michele Kang have made it a top priority to strengthen the team’s technical staff and provide more opportunities for players to learn and improve their skills. The fact that they chose to work with Imaizumi demonstrates how significant they consider this matter to be.

Fans are happy with how hard the players are working to build infrastructure that didn’t exist before or wasn’t good enough. This must make the players happy to see that there is, in fact, some progress being made.