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Washington Welcomes Sam Kerr and the Red Stars to the Plex

The Washington Spirit will return home to face the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday evening.


7:00 PM ET on Saturday, April 28, 2018


Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland.

Projected Starting Lineup

Aubrey Bledsoe; Taylor Smith, Whitney Church, Estelle Johnson, Caprice Dydasco; Andi Sullivan, Tori Huster, Meggie Dougherty Howard; Mallory Pugh, Ashley Hatch, Francisca Ordega


Estefania Banini and Yanara Aedo have returned to the active roster. Both were representing their countries, Argentina and Chile respectively, at the 2018 Copa America Femenina. With their return, Mallory Eubanks was released from the roster.


OUT: Rose Lavelle (left hamstring strain), Cheyna Matthews (pregnancy), Arielle Ship (right ACL recovery – D45)

QUESTIONABLE: Rebecca Quinn (right TFL muscle strain)


Key to Victory

Keeping Sam Kerr in check. After helping Australia qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Kerr returns to the NWSL and will make her Red Stars debut. The 2017 NWSL MVP was part of a monster draft day trade that sent her from Sky Blue to Chicago. If the Spirit want to come away with a point, keeping Kerr contained will be vital. Also, the Spirit will need to score quickly again and protect it because no lead is safe with Kerr on the other side of the pitch.



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