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Upon Further Review: United earn hard-fought draw

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Upon Further Review: United earn hard-fought draw

It is one point in the standings for DC United that must feel like three points. On the road against Toronto FC, United was able handle the pressure of the home team, create some chances of its own, and secure the valuable point in an entertaining 0-0 draw.

Credit should be given to United for a disciplined road result.  United only recorded four shots, but placed three of them on target.  United’s best opportunity missed the frame when in the first half Nick DeLeon did well to rise to meet a Fabian Espindola corner kick, only to have his open header go wide to the right of the goal. 

Toronto, which had been averaging close to two goals a game at home, kept the pressure on with 18 shots.  Like United, only three of Toronto’s shots were on goal.  It was only the second tie all season for The Reds who are desperate to make the playoff for the first time in the nine-season history of the franchise.

The tie with Toronto ended a week that started with a home win Sunday against New England and then another victory Wednesday in Chicago. Now United briefly returns home to get set for Tuesday’s U.S. Open quarterfinal in Philadelphia before heading out to play in Seattle on July 3rd.  

Conclusions:
1.    Organized and disciplined. Toronto has an amazing attack led by Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley, and Jozy Altidore.  In the last meeting between the teams Giovinco slipped into dangerous spaces and scored two goals in a 2-1 win at RFK Stadium.  Saturday Giovinco was still dangerous, but his effect was muted. Steve Birnbaum and Bobby Boswell specifically kept Giovinco in check and received support when needed. Altidore was also was frustrated and subbed out in the second half. Bradley had his moments, but more often than not he was denied space at critical moments through the work of Davy Arnaud and Perry Kitchen. 

2.    Good day for the right side. United also did a get job of limiting the progress of Toronto’s left flank which features Canadian national teamers Ashtone Morgan and Jonathan Osorio. While limiting Morgan and Osorio, United’s right side of midfielder Nick De Leon and defender Chris Korb were active and involved going forward.  De Leon has still yet to score a goal this season, but continues to make a difference with his defensive work and in recent games has been more dangerous on offense.

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)