Thanks to it being conveniently scheduled for just after the Sounders match, you can continue your soccer Saturday with a match between the Reign and Sky Blue FC of New Jersey.
Seattle remains at the top of the league by a lot. They're ahead of second place Kansas City by eight points and two games in hand. They're ahead of third place New York by 15 points — and two games in hand. They are lapping the rest of the league. But they're not going to rest on any laurels. They have an undefeated streak that's now stretched beyond the entire first half of the season and it's getting to the point that you can occasionally hear the word "Invincibles" muttered in conversations about the team.
Tonight's opponent is Sky Blue, who are struggling to get back into playoff contention. It's their first and only trip to Memorial Stadium this season, and to get something out of this game they're going to have to figure out how to score on the road. Their 16 goals in 15 games is the lowest scoring rate in the league. Their leading scorer is midfielder Katy Freels with 5 and behind her is defender Kelly O'Hara with 3. In comparison, Kim Little has 11 by herself.
So don't expect any swashbuckling from Jersey. They'll try to absorb a significant amount of pressure from the home team and try to nick a goal on a set piece or a counterattack.
For Seattle, the gang will all be back together — including Hope Solo, who last week was arrested in Kirkland on a domestic violence charge. The team has said that as long as the legal process is in process, she'll be presumed innocent and she's expected to be fully available to train and start tonight. But Haley Kopmeyer has deputized well, and the stout Seattle defense and midfield doesn't afford many shots, so keeper isn't an area of significant concern.
Megan Rapinoe remains questionable on the injury report with her lingering foot problem, so don't expect her to play her second game of the season tonight. But the Reign have shown they can be not just good, but dominant, in her absence. There's no reason not to expect that to continue tonight.