Match preview: Utah Royals FC at Washington Spirit

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Royals FC hosts the Chicago Red Stars, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Saturday April 14, 2018. Utah Royals FC forward Amy Rodriguez (8).

At the Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, Md.

Kickoff • Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. MT
Records • Royals FC 8-6-3; Spirit 6-7-3

Series • Tied, 1-1
Last meeting • Spirit 2, Royals FC 0 (June 1)
Radio • ESPN 700
About the Spirit • Washington has lost three of its last four games. The Spirit are coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Thorns before 20,000 in Portland. ... The Spirit are stout defensively, limiting the opposition to a league-fewest 15 goals in its 16 games, but is struggling to find the back of the next, scoring just two goals in its last four games. ... Washington is six points behind the Royals in the race for NWSL’s final playoff spot.
About Royals FC • They’ve won three in a row, including a 2-0 victory over the Pride in Orlando last Saturday and currently sit fourth in the NWSL. ... F Amy Rodriguez has been nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award, given for the goal of the year. Rodriguez’s came against Sky Blue on June 15 against Sky Blue at Rio Tinto. ... URFC now has eight shutouts this season after GK Nicole Barnhart blanked Orlando.
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