Around the country: American soccer news

• Washington Spirit's
Kris Ward fined. The Spirit coach was fined an undisclosed amount by the NWSL for "criticizing league operations" during a press conference after last week's Portland-Washington game. Ward lambasted the officiating during the match, which ended in a 1-1 tie. "They get a failing grade in every sense of the word tonight," Ward said after a go-ahead goal by the Spirit's Emily Sonnett was disallowed and he said no explanation was given. He also criticized the general lack of protection for players, describing it as "absolute madness." The Spirit was also fined for comments made by the team via social media (ESPN FC analysis)

Americans Abroad:
• Terrence Boyd's Kaiserslautern promoted to 2. BundesligaTuesday's 2-0 playoff win over Dynamo Dresden lifted Kaiserslautern out of Germany's third tier. The  Germany-raised U.S. international moved to Kaiserslautern this winter from Hallescher SC. Boyd, 31, scored with 15 goals -- eight after his move to the Red Devils -- in 2021-22 and has scored 47 goals (in 98 games) during his four seasons in 3. Liga since returning to Germany after a brief stint with Toronto FC in 2019. (Highlights)

USL W League:
• Oakland Roots SC adds women's team. Launched in 2018 and now competing in the USL Championship, Oakland Roots SC has launched a women's team, Oakland Soul, which will join the USL W League for the 2023 season. (Video)

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