Where: Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds.
When: 7 p.m.
Live video: www.youtube.com/NWSLsoccer.
Records: Spirit 1-4-3, 6 points; Flash 4-2-2, 14.
Outlook: The Spirit returns from a three-week layoff without three key players: D Ali Krieger is with the U.S. national team for two friendlies against South Korea and D Robyn Gayle and MF Diana Matheson rejoined Canada for a friendly at Germany. Flash F Abby Wambach, the NWSL’s scoring leader with six goals, also is on U.S. assignment. Two new acquisitions are expected to debut for the Spirit: Mexican MF Teresa Worbis and U.S. under-23 national team D Toni Pressley. Washington still is awaiting clearance to activate former German national team F Conny Pohlers, acquired on loan from Wolfsburg this week. The Flash is unbeaten in five straight (4-0-1). The Spirit is 0-2-2 at home.
— Steven Goff