Spirit Return to ‘Plex for Saturday Night Matchup With Portland
The Washington Spirit’s three-week hiatus between home games will come to an end on Saturday night when reigning NWSL champion Portland Thorns FC visits the Maryland SoccerPlex.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm with a live stream available on go90, as well as the NWSL website and mobile app.
The game will be the second of three meetings between Washington and Portland during the 2018 NWSL regular season, and first of two hosted by the Spirit. They will close out the season series on August 25 in the first ever women’s pro soccer match at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
Washington and Portland played to a 1-1 draw in their first matchup at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. on April 20, as Spirit forward Francisca Ordega and Thorns forward Christine Sinclair exchanged goals late in the first half. Washington goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe made a critical save in the 87th minute, stopping a potential game-winning penalty kick off the foot of Lindsey Horan.
Returning home following a two-game road stint, Washington’s offense will aim to get back on track Saturday at Maureen Hendricks Field, where they have scored five of their seven total goals this season. Ordega (3 goals) and U.S. international forward Mallory Pugh (2 goals) have paced the Spirit attack throughout the season, particularly at home, where the duo has scored four of the club’s five goals.
On the defensive side, Bledsoe continues to lead the NWSL with a league-high 37 saves. Her high volume of saves has been matched by top-tier efficiency, as her save percentage (77%) ranks second in the league.
Meanwhile, Spirit defender Estelle Johnson ranks second in the NWSL with 45 clearances, and her partner at center back, Whitney Church, has racked up a team-high of six blocked shots.