The Washington Spirit will kick off their first game of the 2019 NWSL season on Saturday, April 13th at 7:00p.m. The Spirit will host the Sky Blue FC at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.
Washington finished the 2018 season in eighth place with a 2-17-5 record and 35 goals. However, with some new additions to the roster they are expected to make major improvements in the 2019 season.
During the off-season the Spirit announced former professional soccer player Richie Burke as the new head coach and signed all five of their 2018 NWSL College Draft picks, including first-round picks Jordan DiBiasi, Sam Staab, Tegan McGrady and Dorian Bailey, and second-round pick Bayley Feist. The Spirit also added two new international players in midfielders Amy Harrison and Chloe Logarzo of Australia.
USWNT trio Andi Sullivan, Mallory Pugh and Rose Lavelle and goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe will return to the team.
In 2018 Bledsoe and Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridanboth led the league in saves with 108, setting a new NWSL record.
The last time the two teams met they played to a 1-1 draw. Sky Blue FC midfielder Sarah Killion tied the game in the 87th minute after Spirit forward Arielle Ship put the Spirit in the lead during the 71st minute.
Tickets can be purchased here.
As teams around the world prepare for the start of Champions League play, the Premier League continues to ramp up play.
Here are the latest updates from the Premier League:
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.
Coming out of an international break for World Cup qualifying, there is plenty of news and notes coming out of the Premier League.
Here's the latest news coming from across the pond:
Tottenham Hotspur: Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso has been ruled out for at least six weeks with a groin injury he sustained during the international break while playing for Argentina. He originally played down the incident, insisting it was just a precautionary measure. The Real Betis midfielder, who's on a season-long loan to Spurs will now be out until at least the end of October, according to a team statement
Tottenham Hotspur: A bit of good news from Hotspur Way as 17-year-old striker Troy Parrott has been making waves all summer on the Republic of Ireland's U-23 side. He provided a last-minute assist in a preseason win over Juventus. With Lo Celso's injury, Parrott could soon emerge as a substitute option for Spurs.
Newcastle United: F Andy Carroll was involved with first-team training as he prepares to return from ankle surgery. Barring any setbacks, it shouldn't be more than a month before he's able to return to the pitch. "Andy, we'll have to still be patient," said manager Steve Bruce. "However, for the first time, he joined in with the group to a degree. He only took part in half of the session, non-contact, but it's good to see him out kicking a ball again. I always knew that it would be towards the end of this month, and halfway through the next month."
Source: NBC Sports Rotoworld