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Utah Royals FC vs Washington Spirit Preview

The Utah Royals return the RioT this Saturday to face the Washington Spirit, here’s what you need to know:

1.  The Royals are sitting in 7th in the NWSL with 4 points with a record of 0-4-1, and are looking for that elusive first franchise win.  The Royals have held a lead or scored first in 3 of their 4 draws but haven’t been able to hold on, giving up 3 goals in less than 20 minutes after scoring against Orlando, North Carolina, and Portland.  Head coach Laura Harvey is 10-4-1 against the Spirit all-time.

2.  Amy Rodriguez got her first start for Utah last Saturday against the Portland Thorns and scored in the 53rd minute, giving the Royals a 1-0 lead over the defending NWSL Champions.  Amy’s goal was the first home goal in Utah Royals history.

After the match, head coach Laura Harvey joined the media to discuss the impact Amy has on the team.

Catch Laura’s full post-game press conference here and Amy’s here.

3.  The Washington Spirit sit in 6th place, just above URFC, with 5 points and a record of 1-2-2.  The Spirit has given up 8 goals in their 5 games with losses against North Carolina and Seattle Reign.  Mallory Pugh and Fransisca Ordega lead the team with 5 combined goals this season.  Washington is winless on the road, with 1 loss at Seattle Reign and 1 draw at Portland Thorns.

The Utah Royals kick-off against the Washington Spirit at 7 PM on Saturday, May, 5th on ESPN700.

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