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Audi Field welcomes NWSL action for the first time

For the first time in NWSL history, a match is being played in Washington, D.C. The Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns will face off at Audi Field, the new home of D.C. United. United played their first game in the stadium back in July, and now it is time for the Spirit to get their crack at the brand new stadium.

Kick-Off

8:00 PM ET on Saturday, August 25, 2018

Location

Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

Projected Starting Lineup

Aubrey Bledsoe; Taylor Smith, Estelle Johnson, Rebecca Quinn, Caprice Dydasco; Andi Sullivan, Rose Lavelle, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Mallory Pugh; Ashley Hatch

Noteworthy

This week, Jill Ellis announced her roster for the upcoming matches against Chile. Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh were both among those chosen for the two friendlies. Also being called up for international friendlies were Andi Sullivan, Mallory Eubanks, and Ashley Hatch. That trio will represent the U.S. at the under 23 level in the Nordic Cup. Rebecca Quinn will also represent Canada’s national team in upcoming friendlies against Brazil. Finally, it was announced on Saturday that goalkeeper Didi Haracic was called up to the Bosnian National Team.

Injuries

OUT: Estefania Banini (right MCL sprain), Tori Huster (left ankle inflammation), Cheyna Matthews (pregnancy), Tiffany Weimer (left knee Baker’s cyst – D45), Kelsey Wys (right knee meniscus scope) QUESTIONABLE: Francisca Ordega (left foot contusion)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

Key to Victory

Be smart defensively. It’s no secret that the Spirit have struggled offensively lately. But instead of beating a dead horse on that topic, it’s best if the Spirit focus on the other problematic area of their game. Against Utah on Wednesday, the Spirit once again had a strong performance from their goalkeeper, this time it being Didi Haracic, and yet still made a mess in front of her. The Spirit need to come together as a group and play strong in front of their goalkeeper to ensure that they have a chance in this game.

Stream

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