Angel City FC vs Washington Spirit
Wednesday, September 21 at 10:30 p.m. EST
Banc of California Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
CBS Sports Network (viewers in the United States), Twitch (international)
Get ready for this week’s match against Angel City with some fast facts below:
- Wednesday night’s match represents the first leg of a two-match road trip for the Spirit. After the match, Washington will head directly to Kansas City for its final away match of the year when it takes on the Current on Sunday, September 25.
- The last time the Spirit took on Angel City FC was also the first time these two sides ever faced off. At Audi Field back in May, Washington dropped a 1-0 decision to the expansion club. Christen Press scored the match’s lone goal.
- Washington currently has ten draws in its 19 regular season matches. With one more tie this year, the Spirit will equal 2021 NJ/NY Gotham FC’s league-record 11 single-season draws.
- Spirit interim head coach Albertin Montoya will put his undefeated record with the defending champs to the test Wednesday night as he looks to lead the side to its third straight victory.
- Spirit midfielder Ashley Sanchez is tied for second-most assists in the league this season with five in 16 matches played.
- Reigning Golden Boot Ashley Hatch currently has the sixth-most goals scored across the NWSL during the 2022 regular season with eight.
- Defender Sam Staab has maintained an ‘iron woman’ streak throughout the 2022 season, having played in all 1,710 possible minutes this regular season through 19 matches. Staab is one of just seven field players to hold an ‘iron woman’ streak at this point in the season.
- Forward Tinaya Alexander transferred from the Spirit to French club Montpellier HSC this week. Alexander played 162 minutes in nine appearances during the 2022 regular season with Washington.
- Angel City FC defender Vanessa Gilles was loaned out to Olympique Lyonnais this week. Gilles will be with the French club through next June.
- Spirit Homecoming
- Midfielder Ashley Sanchez hails from Monrovia, California, about 30 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Sanchez also played college soccer at UCLA from 2017 through 2019 before being drafted by the Spirit with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft.
- Forward Trinity Rodman is originally from Newport Beach, California, approximately 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
- Forward Tara McKeown is a native of Newbury Park, California, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles. McKeown also competed for the USC Trojans for four seasons before being selected by Washington with the eighth overall pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft.
- Defender Karina Rodriguez is from Torrance, California, about 15 miles south of Los Angeles. Rodriguez stayed close to home for college, playing four seasons at UCLA before signing with the Spirit in June 2021.
- Former Washingtonians
- Angel City FC defender Paige Nielsen spent three years with the Spirit from 2019 through 2021, helping Washington to its first league title last season.
- Angel City FC goalkeeper DiDi Haračić has extensive professional experience in the nation’s capital. Haračić played for D.C. United Women in 2011 and 2012 before serving two stints with the Washington Spirit Reserves team in 2013 and 2016. Haračić also spent 2016-2018 on the Spirit senior roster.
- Angel City FC forward Jasmyne Spencer spent the inaugural NWSL season with the Spirit in 2013. Spencer made 17 appearances with the side.
The match will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network for fans in the United States and on Twitch for international viewers. Following the match, the Spirit will host a press conference with interim head coach Albertin Montoya and two players. Fans can stream the postgame presser via the Washington Spirit Twitch channel.