The Washngton Spirit moved to the top of the NWSL table on Thursday night with a road victory over the Houston Dash in a match postponed from earlier in the season. It was the "game-in-hand" that Washington had maintained ever since and they made the most of it with Christine Nairn scoring her first two goals of the season to give the spirit their 2-1 victory. The Spirit now sport a 10-3-2 record with five games remaining in their regular season, only two of them at home.
The Spirit's next game is on the road against the Orlando Pride on August 26 before they return home for their final Saturday night game, September 3 against the third-place Western New York Flash. Just four nights later, their final home contest of the regular season will be on Wednesday, September 7 against the Seattle Reign before they go on the road again for their final two matches of the season against Seattle and the fourth-place Chicago Red Stars.
The Spirit are almost certain to make the post season playoffs again this year for the third successive season with a home game at the end of September or beginning of October should they finish the regular season in first or second place. The NWSL Championship game will be played in Houston on Sunday, October 9.