Depleted Spirit Earn 1-1 Road Draw at Chicago
The Washington Spirit (2-5-2, 8 pts) picked up a point in a 1-1 draw on the road against the Chicago Red Stars (5-2-2, 17 pts) in Saturday afternoon’s NWSL on Lifetime Game of the Week played in front of 3,189 fans at Toyota Park.
Washington earned at least one point for the second week in a row, following up on the team’s 2-0 shutout win over the Houston Dash in its previous game on June 3. Chicago extended its’ current unbeaten streak to six games, but the Spirit ended the second place Red Stars’ three-game winning streak.
“It was a really good team performance, I thought we came out as a team and played well,” said Spirit Head Coach and General Manager Jim Gabarra. “Everybody’s disappointed we didn't get the three points. It’s a tough place to play.”
The Spirit continue to deal with an ever shifting lineup due injuries. U.S. Women’s Team standout and NWSL rookie 19-year-old Mallory Pugh did not play due an injury suffered in last week’s USWNT friendly. Veteran midfielder Tori Huster continues to recover from injury. Veteran forward Katie Stengel is also out with injury.