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Washington Spirit recruits Mark Krikorian as general manager

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Mark Krikorian, who made Florida State an NCAA women’s soccer powerhouse, has agreed to become president of soccer operations and general manager for the Washington Spirit, multiple people familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Krikorian guided the Seminoles to 11 Final Four appearances in 17 seasons and won their third national title in December before stepping down in April amid reported disputes with sporting director Michael Alford and administration. He had a record of 310-67-36.

Krikorian, 62, is expected to sign a multi-year contract with the Spirit and start working immediately. At Florida State, he was the highest paid coach in women’s college football with a salary of $450,000.

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The Spirit players were informed of the move on Tuesday morning ahead of training in Leesburg, a person familiar with the team said.

Krikorian was not immediately available for comment, and Spirit officials said they would not comment.

Krikorian inherits a role that had been played by coach Kris Ward and former team chairman Ben Olsen, who left the National Women’s Soccer League organization this spring.

Ward and several Spirit players, including NWSL Players Association president Tori Huster, were involved in the hiring process, people familiar with the talks said. Huster played for Krikorian at Florida State.

Krikorian has experience at the professional level, having coached the Philadelphia Charge for three years in the Women’s United Soccer Association, America’s first all-professional women’s league. He also coached the United States Women’s National Under-19 Team in 2004.

The Spirit won their first NWSL championship last season but have struggled this year: winless in 10 consecutive games in all competitions and in eighth place in the 12-team league with a 1-3-5 record .