After a very successful 16 year career in professional soccer as a midfielder/ defender for the Washington Spirit. Joanna Lohman has announced on Facebook that she will be retiring from playing professional soccer. Her farewell career game is going to be on June 22nd for the Washington Spirit Pride Night as she prepares for the next stage in her life. Her FB announcement reads…

“After 16 years of playing pro soccer, I have decided it’s time to say goodbye to the game and HELLO to the bright future ahead of me.

Saturday night was an incredible way to go out (scoring the winning goal!!) and I want to thank EVERYONE who has been a part of this beautiful journey. While it is a hard decision, it is made easier by the fact I have the support of my friends, family, teammates, fans and the entire Washington Spirit organization.

I am so excited for what comes next, including the role of Spirit Ambassador, HUGE retirement game on June 22nd (Pride Night), speaking tours all over the country, sports diplomacy around the world, giving the gift of beauty through my online course, and who knows…maybe I will even run for office!

So, let’s keep this rainbow party rocking. I love you ALL!!!!!!!“

Highlights of her career include 3x NSCAA All-American, 2x Heisman Trophy Finalist, 6x National Team Appearances, and Big Ten Player of the Year.

As her announcement teases, Lohman has a lot of opportunities ahead of her that will continue to drive her energy, spirit, and passion for soccer off the field. We are looking forward to a bright future for Joanna!

By Dirk Smith