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Home again, Washington Spirit looks to rebound from road defeat

Washington Spirit vs. Western New York Flash

Where: Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds.

When: Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Live stream: National Women’s Soccer League YouTube channel.

Records: Spirit 7-5-3, 24 points; Flash 5-8-3, 18 points.

Outlook: With the playoff race intensifying, the Spirit will seek to rebound from a 2-1 defeat at last-place Boston on Saturday. Washington is in third place, two points ahead of both Kansas City and Portland and four in front of Houston. The Spirit, which has five games remaining, has played one fewer than all three of those pursuers. Eight of the nine teams are in action Wednesday. (Boston is off.)

At home, Washington is 6-0-2 with a 15-5 goal differential. Its subsequent three matches are on the road against postseason contenders. Crystal Dunn leads the NWSL with 12 goals. The Spirit is fourth in the league in average attendance at 3,882. The previous three home games surpassed 5,000.

In the previous meeting with the Flash, May 23 in Rochester, N.Y., the Spirit recovered from two deficits before dropping a 3-2 result on a 57th-minute goal by Jasmyne Spencer (University of Maryland).

The Flash is coming off a 4-0 loss at Kansas City on Saturday. The lineup has added and lost firepower in the past month: Colombian attacker Lady Andrade, who scored twice in the World Cup, joined the team, but Sydney Leroux, a U.S. World Cup forward, was lost for the season with an ankle injury. U.S. center back Whitney Engen anchors the back line.

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