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Spirit to Host Defending Champs in Home Opener Saturday



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Germantown’s professional sports franchise, the Washington Spirit hope to get their first win of the very young NWSL season on Saturday as they host the defending National Women’s Soccer League Champions FC Kansas City.

The Spirit home opener will take place at 7:00 pm at Maureen Hendricks Field in the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds against FC Kansas City, who come to the Germantown area after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Sky Blue FC in Kansas City last week.

FC Kansas City boasts the firepower of United States Women’s National Team players Becky Sauerbrunn, Amy Rodriguez, Lauren Holiday, and Erika Tymrak.

“We are very excited to play in front of our own fans,” said Spirit Head Coach Mark Parsons. “This weekend we will be focused on being more dangerous with the ball and taking the game to Kansas. Playing against the champions is tough but I know we will be better and have full confidence we can put in a great performance.”

The Spirit also began the 2015 NWSL season, last Friday night with a 2-0 loss road loss to the Houston Dash and the possible loss of their captain Ali Kreiger for a few games to what was initially diagnosed as a mild concussion.

Krieger posted to social media on Saturday that she “will be okay” following the head injury she sustained after knocking heads with Dash forward Jessica McDonald in the 17th minute of the match. Krieger was stretchered off with a neck brace and she was initially diagnosed with a mild concussion. NWSL and USSF concussion protocols are being followed and she is being monitored.

The Spirit head coach reiterated what the Spirit released over the weekend regarding Kreiger’s injury, “She travelled back with the team, mild concussion and continues with testing this week,” said Parsons in an email.

“I’m very grateful for everyone who has reached out to me,” Krieger posted to sqor.com. “I truly appreciate the outpouring of support and I can’t thank my teammates, coaches and the entire soccer community for your kind words. I will be okay!”


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The Dash victory was secured by a goal from midfielder Carli Lloyd in first half stoppage time and a goal from forward Kealia Ohai in the 50th minute.