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Preview: Washington Spirit vs. FC Kansas City

Washington Spirit vs. FC Kansas City

Where: Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds. When: 7:30 p.m.

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Records: Spirit 1-7-3, 6 points; Kansas City 7-4-2, 23.

Outlook: After five consecutive shutout defeats, coach Mike Jorden was fired Monday and replaced by reserve team coach Mark Parsons. Parsons guided the D.C. United Women under-20 squad to the 2012 national finals and worked with the Chelsea women’s program in England for several years. The Spirit, which is last in the eight-team National Women’s Soccer League and has gone 461 minutes without a goal, acquired F Lindsay Taylor, 23, from Seattle for a 2014 second-round draft pick. To make room, MF Domenica Hodak (11 appearance, six starts) was waived. MF Diana Matheson (team-high four goals) has missed the past two matches with a sprained ankle but is available against Kansas City, which is on a 4-1-1 surge and four points behind first-place Sky Blue (New Jersey). Kansas City F Lauren Cheney leads the league with eight goals.

Steven Goff

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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