WNT on TV: Thorns and Spirit Under the Friday Night Lights

Providence Park is sure to be rocking when the Portland Thorns welcome the Washington Spirit on Friday night in a matchup set to feature several U.S. WNT players looking to continue their strong early-season form.

Friday, April 20

Portland Thorns FC vs. Washington Spirit – 10:30 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Third-place Portland will host fifth-place Washington on Friday asLindsey Horan, Emily Sonnett andMeghan Klingenberg take onMallory Pugh, Andi Sullivan, Ashley Hatch and Taylor Smith.

This will be the eighth meeting between the teams in Portland and the Thorns have never lost to Washington when playing at home. The Thorns have outscored the Spirit 19-7 over that span. Washington has won just three of their last 17 games, but two of its three wins came on the road.

Saturday, April 21

North Carolina Courage vs. Utah Royals FC – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
This week’s Lifetime Game of the Week will featureAbby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Lynn Williams, Samantha Mewis and the NWSL-leading Courage, the only team to win its first four games of the season, taking on Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Amy Rodriguez and the Utah Royals FC in Cary, North Carolina. The game will be the second game this week for the Courage which also played on Wednesday and picked up a 1-0 win against Seattle.

After scoring a goal in their first game this season, Utah has failed to score in each of their last two. Meanwhile, the Courage has tied a franchise record by keeping a clean sheet in their last four home games (four wins, including last year’s playoffs).

Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC – 8 p.m. ET (go90.com)
After a strong 3-0 win against the Houston Dash on a frigid Wednesday night in Chicago, the Red Stars are back in action on Saturday evening, this time hosting Carli Lloyd, Savannah McCaskill and Sky Blue FC at Toyota Park. Sofia Huerta, who scored on Wednesday, and Alyssa Naeher will look for another win this weekend, hoping to keep the second-place Red Stars close to NWSL leader North Carolina in the standings. Meanwhile, SBFC will look to earn its first win of the 2018 season.

In 12 all-time meetings between the Red Stars and Sky Blue, Chicago has yet to lose a game, posting a 5-0-7 record. Sky Blue has won just one of their last five road games, conceding 3.6 goals per game over that span.

Sunday, April 22

Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash – 5 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Both Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris and Orlando, as well as Jane Campbell and Houston, are coming off losses in their last matches and are hoping to turn things around when they meet on Sunday night. The Dash most recently lost on Wednesday against Chicago, while Orlando dropped its April 15 match against Portland.

Orlando and Houston split the series one win apiece last season with the away team winning both games. The Dash are winless in their last four away matches (0-1-3), getting outscored 7-1 in the process. Five of the seven goals conceded have come in the first half.

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The complete 2018 NWSL schedule is here. For more in-depth information and the latest news and updates about the NWSL schedule, matchups, records, etc., visit: www.nwslsoccer.com and follow them on Twitter @NWSL.

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