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Stats don’t tell the whole story of Washington-Orlando midfield battle

In tonight’s 0-1 loss to the Orlando Pride, the Washington Spirit took more shots and put more on target, attempted more passes with better accuracy, and out-possessed the Pride. Yet it was the Pride who came away with the victory, and the Pride who passed the eye test as the better team all night. The difference lies in their midfields, and it also raises the question as to whether the Pride can get all three lines to function on the same day.

Where is Washington’s midfield?

During the offseason, the Spirit bulked up in the center of the park, adding the two best midfielders in the draft–Andi Sullivan and Reebecca Quinn–as well as burgeoning USWNT star Rose Lavelle. Since the season started, that group has perpetually underperformed, and they did so again tonight. …

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