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Spirit’s winless streak reaches 9

Jessica McDonald, younger sister of D.C. United’s Brandon McDonald, scored twice in four minutes of the first half Sunday night as the Seattle Reign defeated the Washington Spirit, 2-1, in an NWSL match in Tukwila, Wash.

The Spirit (1-10-4) is winless in nine straight (0-8-1), dating to a 4-2 victory at Seattle two months ago. Diana Matheson converted an 11th-minute penalty kick past Hope Solo for her sixth goal of the year, but McDonald, signed off waivers three weeks ago, one-timed a 12-yarder into the right corner in the 30th and headed in past charging goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris from close range in the 34th.


Playing before its first sellout of the season at Starfire Stadium (3,855), the Reign (4-9-3) stretched its unbeaten streak to six (4-0-2).

Washington’s Ali Krieger departed in the 61st minute after a head-to-head collision. She was being tested for a possible concussion.

The match was the first of six in NWSL’s regular season carried by Fox Soccer this month and next.

The Spirit will visit the Chicago Red Stars (5-6-4) on Saturday.

In Portland, 13,021 witnessed the Thorns and Western New York Flash play to a 1-1 draw. In suburban Chicago, 1,549 saw the Red Stars score in the 90th minute and again in the sixth minute of stoppage time to tie FC Kansas City, 3-3.

Video of McDonald’s goals:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.



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