At Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy
Kickoff • Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Radio • ESPN 700
Records • Royals 6-6-7, Spirit 2-13-4
Last meeting • Royals 2, Spirit 0 (May 5 at Rio Tinto Stadium)
About the Royals • They’re coming off a big 2-1 comeback road win in Houston on Sunday, with Christen Press and Katie Stengel scoring for Utah. ...More good news: The Royals expect to get Becky Sauerbrunn, Christen Press, Amy Rodriguez and Katrina Gorry back from national team duty for Wednesday’s game. ... They’re four points below the NWSL’s playoff cut. ... The Royals play three games this week, including a Saturday afternoon home match against Seattle.
About the Spirit • They’ve lost six straight and haven’t won a match since a victory over Sky Blue on May 23. ... The Spirit are led by midfielder Rose Lavelle and 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year Ashley Hatch. ... Like the Royals, the Spirit are coming off a Sunday game, a 2-0 loss to Seattle. ... The Spirit call the Maryland SoccerPlex home, but they’ll play their first game in the brand-new Audi Stadium on Aug. 25 vs. Portland.