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Spirit midfielder scores in Mexico's Women's World Cup opener

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Spirit midfielder scores in Mexico's Women's World Cup opener

BY SEBASTIAN SALAZAR

The Women’s World Cup is underway in Canada. Among the many world-class competitors are several Washington Spirit players called up to women's soccer's biggest stage. Two played in Tuesday's action: 

Veronica Perez (Midfielder - Mexico)

The Spirit midfielder played the full ninety minutes and scored Mexico’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Colombia. Her goal came in the 36th minute, when the former University of Washington star struck from the narrowest of angles following a short corner kick. The Mexicans were denied their first ever Women’s World Cup victory thanks to a late Colombian equalizer.

Ari Romero (Defender - Mexico)

The University of Nebraska product didn’t feature for Mexico in their Group F opener. However, Mexican Head Coach Leo Cuellar used the Spirit defender plenty at right back during his team’s run up to the tournament, so don’t be surprised to see Romero at some point over the next two matches.

Of Note: 

She doesn’t play for the Washington Spirit, but Colombia’s Nataly Arias does have local ties. The 29-year-old defender went to Bishop O’Connell High School and the University of Maryland prior to launching her international career. Arias played the full match against Mexico Tuesday, in what was her 44th senior international appearance.  

Next Up:

Thursday’s schedule is a mixed bag. Tournament-favorites Germany face Norway in a match likely to decide Group B’s winner, while hosts Canada could punch their ticket to the next round with a victory over New Zealand. In perhaps the most-intriguing game, Ivory Coast -- who lost 10-0 to Germany on Sunday -- look to rebound against a Thailand side that didn’t fair much better in their opener (4-0 loss to Norway).

MORE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: Spirit players show well in Women's World Cup action Monday

Premier League Roundup: Tottenham sell Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid

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Premier League Roundup: Tottenham sell Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid

With less than a month to go until the summer transfer window closes on Aug. 8, Premier League clubs are wheeling and dealing to ship out or bring in talent. Here's the latest Premier League news:

Player Notes

Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs have sold right-back Kieran Trippier to La Liga side Atletico Madrid, the club announced Wednesday. The English defender made 114 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions after joining from Burnley in 2015. 

West Ham United: Sebastien Haller has been acquired from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in a £45m move. The French striker scored 20 goals last season and replenishes West Ham's attacking options after the departures of Marko ArnautovicAndy Carroll and Lucas Perez.

Everton: In a surprise move, English midfielder Fabian Delph is joining the Toffees from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. The 29-year-old signed a three-year deal with Everton which runs through 2022. 

Newcastle United: Joselu is heading back to his native Spain, the 29-year-old striker joining La Liga club Alaves for an undisclosed fee. His departure leaves the Magpies thin at forward, top scorers Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon are also leaving the club this summer. 

Sheffield United: The Premier League newcomers have signed former Manchester United academy graduate Ravel Morrison on a one-year contract. "Ravel is an undoubted talent, and we are delighted that we have put together a deal that suits all parties," Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC. 

Source: Rotoworld

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Mallory Pugh, Rose Lavelle return to Spirit (but Lavelle may not play) Saturday

Mallory Pugh, Rose Lavelle return to Spirit (but Lavelle may not play) Saturday

Barely two weeks removed from their Women's World Cup Championship victory, U.S. Women's National Team youngsters Rose Lavelle and Malory Pugh will return for the Washington Spirits' matchup against the Houston Dash on Saturday, though Lavelle may not play according to the Washington Post's Steven Goff

Pugh scored once and had one assist in the World Cup, while Lavelle notched three goals, including the game-securing goal in the World Cup final. The pair, along with the rest of the USWNT, partied hard after their gold medal win, but now will rejoin their club team. 

Lavelle is still working back from a hamstring injury that almost kept the midfielder out of the World Cup. She is unlikely to play on Saturday, but will be in attendance to greet fans and sign autographs. 

Fans can watch the Spirit and the Dash face off Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. 

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