NWSL Week 8: Will the Washington Spirit end their regular-season slide?

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The Washington Spirit looks to get back in the win column, Angel City continues without Christen Press and more in a full slate of  NWSL weekend action.

Washington Spirit looks to snap winless streak

The Washington Spirit finally received some much-needed rest, with the club getting a week off between games after a jam-packed start to the season.

Between injuries and a heavy schedule, the Spirit have struggled this year, riding an eight-game winless streak as they head into Friday’s matchup against Racing Louisville.

Week 8, however, could be the Spirit’s chance to get back into the win column, with Washington hosting Racing Louisville at Segra Field with fresh legs.

Washington has a proven ability to finish, especially at home, with 1.41 expected goals on the season as the club’s attack continues to crystalize. If the hosts can shore up their defensive holes, which have allowed the fourth-most goals in the league with 10, the Spirit may just be able to blunt their regular-season slide against Louisville.

How will Angel City fare without Christen Press?

Angel City returns to the pitch Saturday for the first time without Christen Press after the star forward tore her ACL in the club’s game against Racing Louisville.

The team’s attack is built around Press as the club’s marquee player, forcing the squad to step up without the veteran up top. Simone Charley and Tyler Lussi have shown flashes of attacking brilliance but will need to find the back of the net with consistency to make up for the loss of the team’s leading goal scorer.

ACFC will take on OL Reign on Saturday at Lumen Field, with the Seattle-based team hoping to find offensive consistency. The squad have a slew of new names joining the team, including Tobin Heath and Kim Little, with OL Reign now boasting a stacked attack. Notching the second-least number of goals in the NWSL, OL Reign will look to finish in the final third ahead of the club’s new additions.

Gotham FC is out for redemption

Gotham FC will host the San Diego Wave at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, with the matchup airing on CBS.

The NJ/NY club enters the contest with a point to prove after San Diego thumped Gotham FC 4-0 during their May 7 game. Eager to erase the stunning shutout, Gotham FC will need to jumpstart their floundering attack. With five goals on the season, Gotham FC ranks last in the NWSL. In a promising sign, however, Gotham also has the least amount goals against at six, with four of those coming in the infamous San Diego game.

Gotham’s defensive-minded approach will once again be tested by San Diego. Alex Morgan is on a tear, tallying nine goals in nine matches played.

As hosts of the weekend’s marquee match on CBS, Gotham FC has an opportunity to turn the tides of their inconsistent season with a major win against the NWSL’s top team at Red Bull Arena.

Week 8 Schedule

  • Washington Spirit vs. Racing Louisville FC, Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on Paramount+
  • Kansas City Current vs. Chicago Red Stars, Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET on Paramount+
  • OL Reign vs. Angel City FC, Saturday at 10 p.m. ET on Twitch
  • Portland Thorns FC vs. Orlando Pride, Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on Paramount+
  • NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. San Diego Wave FC, Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on CBS
  • North Carolina Courage vs. Houston Dash, Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on Paramount+