's continuous run as a head coach in the three U.S. women's pro leagues -- from WUSA in 2001 to the NWSL in 2018 -- is over.
The former U.S. international and indoor
star was fired as the Washington Spirit's head coach and general manager on Tuesday. Jim Gabarra (WUSA/WPS/NWSL):
(WUSA, 2001-03) Washington Freedom
(WPS, 2009-10) Sky Blue FC
(WPS, 2011) Sky Blue FC
(NWSL, 2013-15) Washington Spirit
Washington is in the midst of a 12-game winless streak with just one goal scored in its last 11 games. Amazingly, the Spirit (2-15-4) is not the worst team in the NWSL.
Sky Blue FC is 0-14-5.
Assistant coach Tom Torres
will coach the Spirit for the final three games of the season, including Saturday's game against Portland at D.C. United's new
Audi Field. Spirit president Chris Hummer
will assume Gabarra’s GM duties.
After his playing career ended, Gabarra moved into coaching, working indoors until 1997 when he
joined his wife, Carin Gabarra
, at the Naval Academy, where she is the women's head coach.
He became the head coach of WUSA's Washington Freedom when it launched in 2001 and led it
to the league title in 2003, its third and final season.
Two other Gabarra teams reached league finals -- the WUSA Freedom in 2002 and NWSL Spirit in 2016.
But the Spirit
followed up on its run to the 2016 championship game, where it lost on penalty kicks to the Western New York Flash, with a last-place finish in 2017.
U.S. international Ali Krieger
and Crystal Dunn
left Washington after the 2016 season amid reports of unhappiness within the player ranks, and the Spirit never recovered even though it orchestrated a series of moves to land
young star Mallory Pugh
. It is 7-30-8 over the last two seasons.
“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 in a statement. “He is a great professional with exceptional character and we can’t thank him enough for his efforts and wish him the
best of the luck.