North Carolina Courage vs Washington Spirit
Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, NC)
Paramount+ (viewers in the United States), Twitch (international)
Get ready for this week’s match against the Courage with some fast facts below:
- The last time the Spirit took on the Courage, it scored twice late in the second half to tie the match but conceded a stoppage time game-winner as North Carolina won 3-2 on Saturday, June 11.
- This will be the fifth time the Spirit has played the Courage in four months and the third time in Cary. The two sides played three times in the Challenge Cup (once in DC, twice in Cary) and faced off once so far in the regular season (June 11 at Segra Field). Full season history:
- Wednesday, March 30 in DC (Challenge Cup group play): 2-2 draw
- Saturday, April 23 in Cary (Challenge Cup group play): 2-2 draw
- Saturday, May 7 in Cary (Challenge Cup final): Courage wins 2-1
- Saturday, June 11 in Leesburg (regular season): Courage wins 3-2
- Washington last beat North Carolina in last season’s first round playoff matchup at Audi Field when the Spirit advanced after an Ashley Hatch extra time goal.
- The Spirit will have its USWNT players back for the first time since June 17’s match against Racing Louisville FC. Forward Ashley Hatch, goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury, defender Kelley O’Hara, forward Trinity Rodman, midfielder Ashley Sanchez, defender Emily Sonnett and midfielder Andi Sullivan all helped the U.S. win the Concacaf Women’s Championship earlier this month and secure a spot in next year’s World Cup and the 2024 Olympic Games.
- With the return of the Spirit’s seven USWNT players, the six national team replacement (NTR) players signed in June are no longer on the side’s active roster. Despite the changes, four NTRs are still training with the team (midfielders Brenna Connell, Katie Murray and Marissa Sheva and forward Audrey Harding).
- North Carolina will be without its two Brazilian stars as Debinha and Kerolin continue to compete with their home country in the Copa América Femenina in Colombia.
- The Courage will also be without defenders Merritt Mathias and Jaelene Daniels on Friday night.
- Former Spirit player Havana Solaun is currently a midfielder for the Courage.
A Homecoming of Sorts for Four Spirits:
- Four Spirit players will be playing in familiar territory as they return to the state in which they played college ball on Friday night.
- North Carolina alumnae Amber Brooks and Dorian Bailey
- Wake Forest alumnae Aubrey Kingsbury and Bayley Feist
The match will be broadcast on Paramount+ for fans in the United States and on Twitch for international viewers. Following the match, the Spirit will host a press conference with head coach Kris Ward and two players. Fans can stream the postgame presser via the Washington Spirit Twitch channel.