Washington Spirit makes NWSL debut with 1-1 draw


With U.S. national team player Ali Krieger, shown in a 2011 game against North Korea, the Washington Spirit played to a 1-1 draw at the Boston Breakers in the team’s inaugural National Women’s Soccer League match on Sunday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)
April 14, 2013

The Washington Spirit made its National Women’s Soccer League debut Sunday evening with a 1-1 draw against the Boston Breakers in Somerville, Mass.

Tiffany McCarty, The Post’s All-Met player of the year in fall 2007 at St. John’s High School, scored on a six-yard header in the 15th minute, assisted by Georgetown graduate Ingrid Wells.

But U.S. national team forward Sydney Leroux scored the equalizer in second-half stoppage time, beating goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris with a 10-yard shot to the far corner.

The Spirit had several other quality scoring opportunities in the game, but Breakers goalkeeper Ashley Phillips tipped Diana Matheson’s 30-yard bid off the crossbar and blocked Stephanie Ochs’s point-blank shot.

The Spirit will play its home opener Saturday night against Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Maryland SoccerPlex.

— Steven Goff

Man. City gains FA Cup final

Manchester City reached the FA Cup final by beating defending champion Chelsea, 2-1, in a free-flowing game at Wembley.

Goals by Samir Nasri in the 35th minute and Sergio Aguero in the 47th built a 2-0 lead. Demba Ba scored for the Blues in the 66th minute. City plays Wigan in the May 11 final.

In the Premier League, Manchester United won, 2-0, at Stoke, getting a goal from Michael Carrick and a penalty kick by Robin van Persie.

SPANISH LEAGUE: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to reach 50 goals for the third straight season, helping Real Madrid (21-5-5) win, 3-0, at Athletic Bilbao.

Barcelona rested Lionel Messi and his ailing hamstring in a 3-0 win at Real Zaragoza.

DUTCH LEAGUE: American forward Jozy Altidore scored his third hat trick of the season during a 10-minute span of the first half, raising his goals total to 28 in AZ Almaar’s 6-0 rout of Utrecht.

MLS: Brad Davis had a goal and an assist, and the Houston Dynamo set an MLS record for longest home unbeaten streak in all competitions (35) with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire. . . .

Marco Di Vaio of the host Montreal Impact and Domenic Oduro of the Columbus Crew traded goals four minutes apart in the second half for a 1-1 draw.

— Associated Press

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