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PREVIEW: Sky Blue FC to face rival Washington Spirt at home

Sky Blue to face Washington Spirit at home in third rivalry match

Tasha Kai running down the field
Robyn McNeil

Saturday, July 24, will see two rival teams, Sky Blue FC (5-4-4, 19 points) and Washington Spirit (8-2-2, 26 points) meet again for their penultimate game this season. Sky Blue and the Washington Spirit both have one win against the other this season, and both of those wins were on the other team’s turf.

Sky Blue will be without two players this week as the players compete in Olympic Friendlies. Kelley O’Hara and Raquel Rodriguez will be facing off against each other in the United States vs. Costa Rica friendly on Friday in Kansas City. Domi Richardson has been called up to the roster to fill in for Rodriguez.

Washington Spirit will be missing five players who are out fulfilling national team duties, on both the United States national team and the Canadian national team. They will be missing Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn for the United states match against Costa Rica, and Stephanie Labbe, Diana Matheson, and Shelina Zadorsky for Canada against France this weekend.

Sky Blue Head Coach Christy Holly previews Saturday’s home game against their rival, Washington Spirit, above.

SKY BLUE FC INJURY REPORT:

OUT: Kim DeCesare (Disabled List - right knee contusion), Danielle Schulmann (right thigh strain), Caroline Stanley (left shoulder sprain)

DOUBTFUL: None

QUESTIONABLE: Sarah Killion (left quad strain)

PROBABLE: Leah Galton (left hip strain), CoCo Goodson (back strain), Maya Hayes (left MCL sprain)

WASHINGTON SPIRIT INJURY REPORT:

OUT: Laura del Rio (Season Ending - left ankle cartilage defect)

DOUBTFUL: None

QUESTIONABLE: None

PROBABLE: None

SKY BLUE FC ROSTER:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Caroline Casey, Jill Loyden,

DEFENDERS (6): CoCo Goodson, Kristin Grubka, Maya Hayes, Christie Rampone (C), Erin Simon, Erica Skroski

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kelly Conheeney, Shawna Gordon, Sarah Killion, Taylor Lytle, Domi Richardson, Nikki Stanton

FORWARDS (4): Leah Galton, Tasha Kai, Danielle Schulmann, Catherine Zimmerman