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.
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) July 15, 2013
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: