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Sky Blue FC vs. Washington Spirit | Live, go90
Last-place Sky Blue host eighth-place Washington Spirit for the second meeting of the season between the teams
Sky Blue FC forward Shea Groom (left) and Washington Spirit defender Whitney Church (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)
Sky Blue FC forward Shea Groom (left) and Washington Spirit defender Whitney Church (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)
Sky Blue FC vs. Washington Spirit

When: Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: go90 (U.S.) | NWSLsoccer.com, NWSL app (international) | Ways to Watch

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Where: Yurcak Field | Piscataway, New Jersey

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The Game
  • While the rest of the league remains off for the international break, Sky Blue FC and the Washington Spirit will face off this Friday night. Both teams enter this game after failing to pick up any points in Week 10, after Sky Blue suffered a late defeat to Utah Royals FC on Saturday night and the Washington Spirit lost 2-0 to the Chicago Red Stars after a lengthy weather delay.
  • Sky Blue FC remains in pursuit of their first win of the season, second only to the 2013 Seattle Reign for the longest winless start to a season (11 games) and tied with the 2013 Reign for the fewest points heading into game 10 (1 point). Sky Blue’s only draw of the season — and the last time the team earned points in a game — came in a 1-1 result against the Chicago Red Stars in Week 4.
  • Washington Spirit forward Francisca Ordega is currently fourth in the league for scoring, with four goals on the season, however she is out for the Spirit this week on international duty for Nigeria.
  • Sky Blue FC’s Savannah McCaskill and Carli Lloyd remain on international duty after receiving call-ups to the U.S. Women’s National Team for friendlies against China PR. Sky Blue recently signed Duke alum Imani Dorsey as a national team replacement player and on Thursday the team announced another national team replacement player in the signing of defender Cassidy Benintente.
  • This week, Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle was added to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the team’s upcoming friendlies. Lavelle has struggled with injuries and game fitness for much of the past year, but has played in the Spirit’s last three games.
  • Spirit midfielder Rebecca Quinn will miss this Friday’s game due to international duty. Quinn was recently called up to the Canada Women’s National Team ahead of their June 10 friendly against Germany.
  • The Washington Spirit have signed Maddie Huster as a national team replacement player, the team announced on Tuesday. Huster, a third round pick by the Spirit in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, joins the team after playing at Wake Forest University and the Spirit reserves. She is the younger sister of Spirit midfielder Tori Huster, setting up the pair to be the first sister duo in NWSL history to take the field for the same team.
  • Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe has 50 saves on the season, putting her in the league lead for saves. Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan is tied in fourth in the league for saves this season, with 31.
  • In the midfield for Sky Blue, Sarah Killion leads the team in tackles won (22), touches (585), and successful passes (339). Killion has also recorded two assists this year, tied for second place in the league.
  • Defender Whitney Church has played every minute of the Spirit’s 11 games thus far this season. In that time, Church has made 44 clearances, 78 passes into the final third, and eight blocks. Teammate Andi Sullivan has also played every minute of the Spirit season this year. Sullivan has won 20 tackles and 64 duels, and leads the Spirit in successful passes (403).
  • Caprice Dydasco leads the Spirit in passes into the final third (90) and touches this season (890). She is second to teammate Mallory Pugh (15) for chances created, with 11. Pugh is currently out for the Spirit after recently suffering a knee injury at the end of last month.
  • Sky Blue FC defender Rebekah Stott leads her team in clearances (38) and is second only to Killion in successful passes (255).
  • Spirit forward Ashley Hatch has scored two goals in the team’s last three games. Hatch leads the Spirit in shots (34) and duels won (68).
  • Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan leads her team in passes into the final third of the field (64). She is the only goalkeeper in the league to lead her team in this statistic.
  • Shea GroomCarli LloydKatie Johnson, and Savannah McCaskill are the only players who have recorded goals for Sky Blue this season, putting the team in the lead for the fewest number of scorers on the season (4). The Spirit are tied with the Seattle Reign for the second-fewest number of scorers on the year (5): Ashley Hatch, Estefanía Banini, Francisca Ordega, Mallory Pugh, and Joanna Lohman have found the back of the net this season for Washington.

By the Numbers Sky Blue FC

0-8-1, 1 point, 9th place (Home: 0-5-0, Away: 0-3-1)

6 goals for, 16 goals against

Katie Johnson2 goals, 2 assists

Savannah McCaskill: 2 goals

Carli Lloyd: 1 goal, 1 assist

Kailen Sheridan: 31 saves, 16 goals against

 

Washington Spirit

2-7-2, 8 points, 8th place (Home: 2-3-1, Away: 0-4-1)

10 goals for, 17 goals against

Ashley Hatch: 3 goals, 1 assist

Francisca Ordega: 3 goals

Mallory Pugh: 2 goals, 1 assist

Aubrey Bledsoe: 50 saves, 15 goals against, 2 shutouts

Kelsey Wys: 2 saves, 2 goals against

 


In Focus
The Last Time They Met

Washington Spirit 1 | Sky Blue FC 0

May 23, 2018 at Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland

  • Spirit forward Ashley Hatch scored in the 64th minute to secure a 1-0 victory over Sky Blue FC in Week 9.

What They’re Saying

Sky Blue FC

Washington Spirit


Injury Report
SKY BLUE FC
OUT: Jen Hoy (right knee sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: Amanda Frisbie (neck strain), Raquel Rodriguez (back spasms), Erica Skroski (right hamstring strain)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Janine Beckie (CAN), Adriana Leon (CAN), Carli Lloyd (USA), Savannah McCaskill (USA), Thaisa Moreno (BRA), Rebekah Stott (NZL)
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
OUT: Cali Farquharson (left tibial stress injury -D45), Cheyna Matthews (pregnancy), Mallory Pugh (right knee swelling), Arielle Ship (right ACL recovery –D45, Havana Solaun (left knee chondral avulsion)
QUESTIONABLE: Ashley Hatch (left hip flexor soreness), Tori Huster (right groin soreness), Kelsey Wys (right knee swelling)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Yanara Aedo (CHI), Rose Lavelle (USA), Francisca Ordega (NGA), Rebecca Quinn (CAN)

 

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