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Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth Premier League Championship Sunday: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth Premier League Championship Sunday: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

After successfully avoiding relegation from the Premier League once again, Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth square off on Championship Sunday at Selhurst Park on  NBC Sports Washington. 

Both clubs are heading into the final day with some momentum, Crystal Palace winning two of their last three matches and Bournemouth coming off a 1-0 victory over Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday. 

While both clubs have secured safety, Crystal Palace will be looking to avenge a 2-1 loss in October, when a late Junior Stanislas penalty gave Bournemouth all three points. 

Want to watch Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth on NBC Sports Washington? Here are all the details:

Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth How to Watch

What: Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth, English Premier League Matchday 38

Where: Selhurst Park, London, UK

When: 10:00 a.m. ET Sunday, May 12

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington

Stream: NBCSports.com/Live or the NBC Sports app. 

Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth Preview

Record: Crystal Palace (13-7-17, 46 points), AFC Bournemouth (13-6-18, 45 points)

Last Game: 3-2 win at Cardiff City, 5/4 (Crystal Palace), 1-0 win vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 5/4 (AFC Bournemouth) 

Last Head-to-Head Matchup: AFC Bournemouth 2-1 win on 10/1/2018

Top Scorers: Luka Milivojevic, 12 goals (Crystal Palace), Callum Wilson, 14 goals (AFC Bournemouth)

Washington Spirit and Australian national players try American treats for first time

Washington Spirit and Australian national players try American treats for first time

Washington Spirit and Australian national players Chloe Logarzo and Amy Harrison sat down with NBC Sports Washington to taste test a few American favorites and rate the treats. For the first time ever, Aussies Logarzo and Harrison each tried a Twinkie and took a sip of Coke.  

For Harrison, the initial comment after taking a bite was disgust, "Ew."  

However, Logarzo gave the twinkie a 10 out of 10, "if I was seven years old." 

Both players enjoyed the Coke and had tasted it before. 

The Washington Spirit are returning home to their stomping grounds to host Portland Thorns FC at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 17.

Both the Spirit and Thorns are coming off wins from last weekend, with the Spirit defeating Sky Blue FC 3-2 and the Thorns beating the Orlando Pride 3-1. This weekend is a chance for both teams to move up in the NWSL standings. The Spirit currently sits in 6th place (2-1-1), just one spot behind the Thorns in 5th place (2-0-2).

If the Spirit secure a win against the Thorns they could move up as high as second place in the NWSL table, their highest ranking since 2016.

Both the Spirit and the Thorns will be missing a few contributors to their rosters who are currently preparing with the U.S. Women’s National team for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Spirit forward Mallory Pugh and midfielder Rose Lavelle will be absent and Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, midfielders Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, forward Christine Sinclair and defender Emily Sonnett will be absent as well.

This has been a big week for the Spirit. Both defender Cheyna Matthews and goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe received accolades for their contributions in the league.

During the 22nd and 68th minutes of last weeks game against Sky Blue FC, Matthews scored to put Washington ahead. Matthews was nominated for the NWSL’s week five Goal of the Week.

In addition, Bledsoe was named the Westfield W-League’s goalkeeper of the year after helping Sydney FC claim the 2019 W-League title. Bledsoe is only the third American goalkeeper to receive this award.

Spirit vs. Thorns FC takes place at the Maryland SoccerPlex, on the team's first annual Armed Forces Night. The Spirit will show appreciation to veterans and active duty service members at halftime and provide discounted priced tickets to the game.

Washington Spirit Head Coach Richie Burke reminisces on childhood as Liverpool FC fan and love for soccer

Washington Spirit Head Coach Richie Burke reminisces on childhood as Liverpool FC fan and love for soccer

In part two of an interview with NBC Sports Washington, the Washington Spirit’s head coach Richie Burke reminisced about his childhood growing up in Liverpool as a passionate Liverpool FC super fan. 

Burke explained how attending each game as a child with his father developed his love for Liverpool FC and for soccer. 

“I used to know the names of the team. I used to name them right off the top of my tongue, I knew the starting eleven, I used to watch it and loved it,” Burke expressed. 

He also shared the impact that the atmosphere had on him, especially when the Liverpool fans would sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” 

“For me as a kid, you could imagine I’m just looking and there are 26,000 people and all of these scarves up in the air. It was really impactful.” 

At the age of 15, Burke signed with Liverpool FC to play for their boys academy team. He said that after being a professional player his goal was always to pursue a coaching career. 

The Washington Spirit will hit the road to face off against Sky Blue FC for their fourth match of the season. This will be the second time that Washington is competing against Sky Blue this season. In the previous match, the Spirit defeated Sky Blue 2-0. Washington Spirit defenders Sam Staab and Megan Crosson were key contributors to the Spirit’s success, scoring goals in 59th and 90+2 minutes.

Washington is looking to secure another three points against Sky Blue on Saturday in hopes to rise up to 3rd place on the table. Sky Blue is also looking to collect three points in addition to their first win of the season. 

Last Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex, the Washington Spirit and Reign FC played to a scoreless draw. Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe dominated collecting six saves going into halftime. In the second half, she picked up three, finishing with a total of nine saves. 

Following her strong performance, Bledsoe was named the NWSL Player of the Week for Week 4 by the NWSL Media Association.

This weekends match will take place at the Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted live on NBC Sports Washington.