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NWSL Player of the Week: Trinity Rodman scores brace in return to Spirit

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Trinity Rodman returned to the Washington Spirit from international duty with the U.S. women’s national team in impressive form.

The 20-year-old picked up right where she left off, notching a brace in the Spirit’s 3-3 draw with the North Carolina Courage on Friday.

Rodman’s prolific offensive performance earns her JWS Player of the Week honors.

The star forward opened up scoring in the 42nd minute, getting on the end of a no-look pass from Ashley Sanchez. Then she showed her poise in the final third, executing a clinical finish after making a well-timed run.

Rodman once again linked up with Sanchez in the 56th minute. She brought down a lofted ball with a perfectly weighted touch to beat her defender before rifling a powerful near post shot past Casey Murphy.

In total, Rodman created three chances on the night, showcasing her abilities as a finisher and a playmaker. With an ability to find space between the backline, and a propensity to take players one-on-one, Rodman caused all kinds of problems for North Carolina’s defense.

Rodman dazzled on the other side of the ball as well, making nine recoveries, resulting in an interception and three tackles won.

The reigning Rookie of the Year was a bright spot for the Spirit, a team in the throes of a 14-game winless drought stretching back to the season opener on May 1.

“This team is very, very good at creating scoring chances, unfortunately, we created some for them (the Courage) tonight, and that helped them stay in the game,” Spirit coach Kris Ward said following the game.

Rodman’s busy night brings her regular-season tally to four goals and one assist through 10 matches played.

Honorable mention

USWNT forwards shined across the league this week, including Margaret Purce, who made the run of the season in Gotham FC’s Sunday game for a brilliant individual effort and thrilling goal.