Reign vs FC Kansas City - Livestream & Game Thread

Tonight is final match of the Reign's extended three-game road trip to start the season, when they'll take on FC Kansas City — another of the NWSL franchises (along with Seattle and Portland) that got a team largely on the strength of their community's MLS support.

Those pundits who didn't pick the Portland Thorns to win the league mostly picked FC Kansas City instead. They're built around a solid and deep midfield and defense. In their home opener (which was also the inaugural NWSL match) they drew the Thorns 1-1 thanks to a very early goal from Mexican international Renae Cuellar. After their missed match last week thanks to Boston being unable to travel, this is their second game of the season, so they're likely to still be settling into their roles.

The stream quality should be good, but be prepared for football lines.

The Reign are coming off of a 2-1 loss to the Thorns. Losing is never fun, but they have to feel pretty good about keeping it close against the attacking talent that Portland can roll out, especially with the inexperienced Seattle backline. The player of the match (and NWSL player of the week) was Jess Fishlock, who controlled the midfield and scored Seattle's only goal late in the match. But Michelle Betos had another solid game in relief of the injured Hope Solo and the defense — particularly Kate Deines — was solid behind another good midfield performance. The question for Seattle is where the goals will come from consistently. We could see forward Tiffany Cameron take the field for the first time tonight, which would improve the offense significantly.

This will be another tough match and if Seattle can hold out for a draw and get out of their difficult early season schedule with a couple of points in three road matches they should feel pretty good heading into a rematch against FCKC in the home opener next week.

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