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Preview: Utah Royals at Washington Spirit

#1 and #2 in the NWSL face-off on Saturday, June 1st in Washington D.C., here’s what you need to know before the match:

1.  Utah Royals are coming off a 2-0 home win against Orlando Pride last Saturday.  Amy Rodriguez got her fourth goal of the season, third most in NWSL, while Makenzy Doniak netted her first of the season in the 89th minute to secure the win.  With the win, the Royals remain in first place in the NWSL, with a record of 4-1-1 and 13 points.

Lo’eua LaBonta, who scored the lone goal in the season opener against Washington back on April 20th, has been suspended for two matches after kicking out at an Orlando Pride player in last week’s match.

2.  The Royals are 1-0-1 on the road in 2019 and averaging one goal every 77.1 minutes of play, while Washington averages one goal every 54 minutes of play.  Utah has kept a league-best four clean sheets through six matches.  Three Utah Royals players, Amy Rodriguez, Rachel Corsie, and Vero Boquete were named to NWSL May Team of the Month.

3.  The Washington Spirit currently sit in second place in the NWSL with a record of 4-1-1 and are coming off a 0-2 win at Chicago Red Stars.  Cheyna Matthews leads Washington with two goals and one assist, while Jordan Dibiasi and Ashley Hatch have two goals each.  The Spirit haven’t dropped points since drawing 0-0 with Seattle Reign on May 4th, picking up nine points in their last three matches.

Coverage of Utah Royals at Washington Spirit can be heard on Saturday, June 1 at 5 PM on our sister-station 105.5 The Eagle.

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