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Spirit’s Trinity Rodman and Ashley Sanchez show off in NWSL win

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Trinity Rodman and Ashley Sanchez put on a show during the Washington Spirit’s 3-1 win over the visiting San Diego Wave on Saturday.

After a scoreless first half at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., Rodman took full advantage of a pass from Sanchez, beating her defender and sneaking the ball just outside the reach of Wave goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan (video embedded below).

Twenty minutes later, Rodman returned the favor by setting Sanchez up with a beautiful scoring opportunity of her own (video embedded below). The duo commemorated the goal with an emoji-worthy celebration: a handshake.

After Paige Metayer put Washington up 3-0 in the 79th minute, Alex Morgan prevented a Spirit shutout with a goal in the 90th minute.

With the win, the Washington Spirit are now undefeated through their first six games of the 2023 NWSL regular season (three wins, three draws). Trinity Rodman also becomes the first NWSL player in history to record at least 10 goals and 10 assists before turning 21 years old, per OptaSports. As of Saturday, the 20-year-old Rodman has 13 career goals and 10 career assists in NWSL competition.

“When we have Sanchez, Trin, and (Ashley) Hatch like they were today. Yeah, it’s a problem (for other teams). It’s a big problem,” Washington Spirit head coach Mark Parsons said post-game.

Those three Spirit players — plus Andi Sullivan — were all called up to the most recent USWNT camp and are expected to factor into this summer’s USWNT World Cup roster.