Dash open NWSL season trying to focus on soccer amid investigation of coach James Clarkson

Tuesday night, the Dash learned their coach, James Clarkson, had been suspended after the team received a report on a joint investigation by the National Women’s Soccer League and its players’ association into alleged discrimination, harassment and abuse.

Wednesday morning, the team reported for its normal training. On Sunday, the team will play its season opener at PNC Stadium against San Diego. The five days in between have been an exercise in maintaining focus after becoming the latest NWSL team to deal with reports of discrimination and harassment.

“When we hear something, we just have to roll with the punches,” said goalkeeper Jane Campbell, who noted the players were informed just 20 minutes before a news statement on the investigation was released. “The timing was quite fast. The next morning we had training and showed up like normal and the same schedule.

“Our first (conversations as a team) was we had a game and we have to prepare.”

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