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The Washington Spirit are hitting the road to face off against Utah Royals FC on Saturday

The Washington Spirit are hitting the road to face off against Utah Royals FC on Saturday

The Washington Spirit are hitting the road as they prepare to face off against the Utah Royals FC on Saturday at 9 p.m. 

Utah is hosting Washington in their home opener of the season at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. 

The Spirit are coming off of a victory over Sky Blue FC 2-0. The win moving the Spirit to the top of the NWSL rankings. 

It was a big night for the Spirit’s new additions.

During Saturday’s game against Sky Blue FC Spirit rookie defender Sam Staab scored a corner kick during the 59th minute giving the Spirit a 1-0 lead. Washington’s Megan Crosson also scored her first goal two minutes into the second half-stoppage time, sealing the win.

This will be the first game of the season for Utah. Utah finished the 2018 season with a record of 9-7-8, falling two points short of the playoffs. 

New Utah Royals FC midfielder Veronica “Vero" Boquete is expected to be a major contribution to Utah this season. Boquete is a Spanish Women’s National Team veteran midfielder who was captain of Spain’s first-ever World Cup in 2015. Bouquet was named NWSL Best XI after winning league Player of the Week three times. 

The last time the Washington played Utah, Washington lost 0-1. 

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Here's the latest news from around the Premier League:

Player notes

Arsenal: Manager Unai Emery sent a handful of Arsenal Academy graduates onto the pitch Thursday as the Gunners opened Europa League group play against Eintracht Frankfurt, and the move paid off. Midfielder Joe Willock scored the game's first goal, inspiring Arsenal to secure a 3-0 win. Willock controlled possession for the Gunners throughout the match and was lively defensively. But Bukayo Saka, another Gunner youngster, scored a highlight-reel goal before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a third.

West Ham United: The Hammers will be faced with a decision this weekend as their first-choice left-back Arthur Masuaku picked up two red cards Monday night and a subsequent suspension for the next match.

Chelsea: After months of speculation, Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi inked a new five-year deal with the club. He's the latest homegrown product to sign a long-term deal with the club, joining Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Newcastle United: American international Deandre Yedlin will return to action and compete for a starting spot on the Magpies' backline after recovering from groin surgery. 

Source: Rotoworld

Premier League Roundup: Everton's André Gomes sidelined indefinitely

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Premier League Roundup: Everton's André Gomes sidelined indefinitely

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Here are the latest updates from the Premier League:

Player Notes

Everton: Marco Silva said midfielder André Gomes was unable to practice due to a rib injury he sustained in week four. Gomes' status is uncertain for the near future.

Chelsea: 21-year-old forward Tammy Abraham scores a hat trick in Chelsea's 5-2 win over Wolves. Abraham has established himself as Chelsea's top forward, as he has now scored 7 goals on 11 shots over the past three games.

Norwich City: An extensive injury report could not stop the Canaries against Manchester City, as striker Teemu Pukki tallied a goal and an assist. Norwich City now finds itself with two wins and three losses after the historic 3-2 victory over the reigning Premier League champions.

Tottenham Hotspur: Forward Son Heung-min scored twice as the Spurs scorched Crystal Palace for four goals in the first half, blanking Crystal Palace the rest of the way. The well-balanced offensive attack saw six different Tottenham players contribute at least one point.

Liverpool: Midfielder Roberto Firmino impresses off the bench with a late assist to forward Mohamed Salah as Liverpool pulls off the comeback win against Newcastle United. 

Source: Rotoworld