The Washington Spirit are set to take on Portland Thorns FC Saturday evening at the Maryland SoccerPlex in what will be the team’s first ever Armed Forces Night. To celebrate the occasion, all veteran and active duty service members will be honored at halftime.
The night will also mark the first matchup of the season between the two teams.
Both squads are coming off road wins last weekend – the Spirit defeated SkyBlue FC 3-2 while Portland downed the Orlando Pride 3-1. The Spirit stand at sixth place in the NWSL with a 2-1-1 record (7 points) while the Thorns are one notch above in fifth place with a 2-0-2 record (8 points).
Both squads will be short some key players who are with the U.S. Women’s National Team in preparation for next month’s FIFA World Cup. The Spirit will be missing forward Mallory Pugh and midfielder Rose Lavelle while the Thorns will be down a total of 5 players – goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, midfielders Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, defender Emily Sonnett and forward Christine Sinclair.