As an expansion team, there’s always the first week, whether it’s good or bad.
This week for Angel City FC, it will look to avoid consecutive game losses while visiting the Washington Spirit (Paramount+, 2 p.m.).
Angel City secured their season-opening win over North Carolina with a disappointing 1–0 loss to Orlando Pride.
Angel City coach Freya Combe said: “We did things really well, especially in the first half.” “It’s really hard to beat us defensively, because we put teams like North Carolina under a lot of pressure and we were good on the ball and we created good attacking opportunities.”
“I think the hardest thing for so many new teams is consistency. We build in that direction, so we’re not fluctuating every week, being more consistent in that area.”
Orlando scored in the third minute last week, and even though Angel City pressed on and chased the game, an equalizer was never scored.
The Spirit opened the regular season on 1 May with a 2–1 win over OL Reign. Six days later, they met again in the final of the Challenge Cup, which OL Reigns won 2–1.
Angel City’s defensive act will surely be challenged by the Southern California pair of Ashley Sanchez (Pasadena/UCLA) and Trinity Rodman (Newport Beach). Throw in Ashley Hatch and Spirit’s attacking group is definitely one of the best in the league.
Angel City goalkeeper Didi Harasic has allowed just two goals for five shots on goal through two games.
“I wouldn’t say those are highs and lows,” Harasik said. “I would say they are character builders. I’d rather let it click right away than go through adversity with the club because I think that’s what makes people.
“We’re all here for a reason. We move on from pressure, and that’s part of the job. We have the opportunity to do something that’s potentially never been done. We’re all here, and we know.” What to expect. It’s just a matter of putting things together well.”
The Angel City backline has changed. Sarah Gordon, who was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Red Stars, has been ruled out with a knee injury and Megan Reid, a late acquisition, has settled in one of the centre-back spots.
“The connection happens naturally,” Harasik said. “We’ve all clicked. I’m not worried at all. We know it’s not going to be pretty right now, but that’s also the beauty of it when you look at where we go from month one to month 10. I I’m excited.”
Angel City FC at Washington Spirit
When: Sunday at 2 pm
Where: Audi Field, Washington, DC