Welcome to matchday-2 of the Washington Spirit’s 2023 NWSL season! After last week’s shock 1-0 defeat of OL Reign, last year’s NWSL Shield winners, Washington is looking to go 2-0-0 to begin Mark Parsons’ second tenure as Spirit coach.
Though the Spirit secured a hard fought win, after the match Parsons was adamant that the manner in which they got the win was not indicative of how he wants the team to play. The Spirit posted some pretty putrid passing numbers, completing just 56% of their attempts, but can be forgiven since the primary task of winning on opening day was accomplished.
But Parsons, his players and supporters are eager to see what the team’s new style looks like in action, against live competition. While Parsons said it may take 5-10 games for it to take hold, we’re hoping the team can show glimpses of their new identity versus a team not as well-drilled as OL Reign.
The Spirit’s opening day lineup included some surprises with Tara McKeown starting her first game as a center back and undrafted rookie Paige Metayer lining up in midfield with Andi Sullivan and Ashley Sanchez. That lineup might start becoming familiar as the Spirit are unchanged from opening weekend!
Racing Louisville (433): Lund; Pickett, Erceg, Holloway, Milliet; Borges, Pukkujämsä, DeMelo; McDonald, Kanu, Shuang
Washington Spirit (4132): Kingsbury; Carle, Staab, McKeown, Bailey; Sullivan; Feist, Sanchez, Metayer; Hatch, Rodman