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Washington Spirit plays in front of franchise-record crowd

The Women’s World Cup boost for the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) shows no sign of ending any time soon.

The Washington Spirit on Aug. 24 drew a franchise-record crowd of 19,871 for their 2-1 victory against the Orlando Pride at Audi Field, the home of Major League Soccer team DC United.

The attendance was more than double the team’s previous record of 7,976, which was recorded last year, also at Audi Field. With the stadium at its 19,400 seating capacity, standing-room only tickets were admitted.

The Spirit, which usually play at the 5,500-seat Maryland SoccerPlex in suburban Germantown, Maryland, has scheduled another game at Audi Field this season, against Reign FC on Sept. 14.

A week ago, the New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC drew a franchise-record crowd of 9,415 for their 1-1 draw with Reign FC at Red Bull Arena. It was the team’s inaugural game at the home of MLS team New York Red Bulls.

The match was moved from Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J., after demand exceeded that venue’s capacity of 5,000.

Elsewhere, it has been reported that MLS team Atlanta United and United Soccer League franchises Sacramento Republic and Louisville City are looking to put teams in the NWSL in 2020 and 2021.

Further reading NWSL looking to translate Women’s World Cup aura into long-term gains