Mark Parsons named Spirit coach

The Washington Spirit on Monday replaced head coach Mike Jorden with the team's current W-League head coach Mark Parsons for the second half of the 2013 season.

"I feel everyone at the club has, and will continue to have, great respect for Mike as a professional and as a person," Spirit general manager Chris Hummer said. "But the poor results of the past six weeks have pushed the team into last place, and that's just not something we can accept. We have the best fans in NWSL, and they deserve a winning team."

Jorden was named the first coach of the Washington Spirit after leading the D.C. United Women W-League team to the Eastern Conference championship and W-League final in 2012.

Parsons led the D.C. United Women Under-20s to the 2012 National Championship finals and previously spent six years in multiple coaching roles at Chelsea FC in England.

Parsons will take over the Spirit's NWSL team immediately, the team said. His first game will be on July 3, when the Spirit host FC Kansas City.

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