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Mixed emotions for United after 1-1 draw

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Mixed emotions for United after 1-1 draw

There are mixed emotions on East Capitol Street. DC United is still in first place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. The Black and Red’s home unbeaten streak in all competitions has now reached 17 games after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City at RFK Stadium.

First place and a home unbeaten should be satisfying, and it is, but there is reason for DC United to have frustration to go with its satisfaction. Points lost at home have become a trend. Three of the last four matches at RFK Stadium have ended in draws after United scored the first goal including an especially painfully 2-2 result with the Red Bulls when Lloyd Sam equalized in the 90th minute.

United still shares first place with New England and on 18 points from nine matches has the best points per game average in MLS. Still, to add to the frustration United had a chance to take sole possession of first place after the Revolution lost a two-goal lead on Friday and had to settle for a 2-2 draw in Orlando.

Ben Olsen:

“We prepared for them (Sporting Kansas City) to be much more aggressive, in their usual manner, but credit to them for slowing the game down and making it tough for us to break them down. I think it took a little bit of our energy and hunger away, but a lot of that (their tactics) didn’t change in the second half. We just looked more alive in the second half. “

Conclusions
1. United has multiple combinations. What head coach Ben Olsen described as a “pretty banged up knee” kept Fabian Espindola on the sideline. After two straight games using a productive forward partnership of Espindola and Chris Rolfe, Olsen went with Jairo Arrieta and Chris Pontius in the first eleven. Rolfe moved back to the left flank. Pontius assisted on Arrieta’s goal in the 42nd minute. The goal was against the run of play and the improving pace of Pontius along with the determination and work rate of Arrieta were on display. Luis Silva was also an option to start up top and he came on as a substitute for Arrieta in the 66th minute. While United has multiple options in attack, goals have not been easy to come by. In nine games United has a very average total of 11 goals and against Sporting Kansas City recorded only seven shots and two on target.

2. Wednesday’s match against Orlando is a bigger deal. United’s three-game home stand started with a bang in as 2-0 win over Columbus, but has been muted a bit by the 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City. The stay at RFK ends Wednesday against Orlando City and United needs to get the full three points from a win with three consecutive road matches on the way including a trip to Portland and a meeting with fellow Eastern Conference leaders New England.

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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.

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)