The Washington Spirit will travel to take on the Seattle Reign in the opening game of the sixth NWSL season.
10:00 PM ET on Saturday, March 24, 2018
Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington
Projected Starting Lineup
Aubrey Bledsoe; Taylor Smith, Rebecca Quinn, Estelle Johnson, Caprice Dydasco; Andi Sullivan, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Havana Solaun; Mallory Pugh, Ashley Hatch, Estefania Banini
The Spirit picked up forward Tiffany Weimer off of waivers on Wednesday. Washington traded Weimer to Houston in February. Weimer will join the team in D.C. this week.
OUT: Cali Farquharson (left tibial stress injury), Rose Lavelle (left hamstring strain), Cheyna Matthews (pregnancy), Arielle Ship (right ACL recovery – D45)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None
Key to Victory
Sound Defense. Against North Carolina in the preseason finale last week, the Spirit struggled defensively. There were visible holes in the group in their first game together. The play got a lot better when Rebecca Quinn slid into the centerback role, but a goal was still allowed. It is going to take a bit of getting used to for this group with the right side being completely new, but a strong showing against Seattle could go a long way.