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Washington Spirit hosts Portland Thorns FC, bids farewell to World Cup players

Washington Spirit bid farewell to last group of World Cup players. Photo Courtesy of Washington Spirit.
 
 

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Washington Spirit coach Richie Williams told his players that this season is divided into three parts: pre-World Cup, World Cup and post-World Cup.

The Spirit hosts Portland Thorns FC Saturday in what will be the turning point from pre-World Cup to World Cup periods. 

Last week, the Washington Spirit snapped its 13 road-game drought with a 3-2 win over Sky Blue FC, thanks to a brace from Jamaican forward Cheyna Matthews.
This week the Spirit bid farewell to Matthews, as well as Australians Chloe Logarzo and Amy Harrison, in their final game before leaving for the World Cup. Matthews has quickly become a key piece of the Spirit’s offense and stepped up against Sky Blue in the absence of U.S. women’s national team forward Mallory Pugh. 

Logarzo and Harrison will also be missed this summer, along with USWNT midfielder Rose Lavelle. Both Australians contributed to the build up to rookie Jordan DiBiasi’s first career goal last week. 

“We have looked at our season in small segments,” coach Richie Williams said. “This is the beginning of a particularly tough run for us. We are good to be in a good place mentally. We are good to be in a good place with points on the board and wins under our belt. This is another test.”

Game Information

When: Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. ET

Where:  Maureen Hendricks Field, Maryland SoccerPlex — Boyds, Maryland

Live stream: Monumental Sports Network & Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Sports app (U.S); NWSLsoccer.com (international)

Broadcast: NBC Sports Washington

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