Despite a dense summer schedule, the Reign have thus far managed to avoid going up against a Seattle Sounders home game on the schedule. That luck ends tonight as their scheduled kickoff against the Boston Breakers is at the same time as the Sounders' kickoff against DC United. So it will be interesting to see how much effect it has on the team's attendance. At the very least, it'll affect our coverage, since I'll be at the Sounders match. But the stream is here for those who aren't at either game. I recommend watching both simultaneously.
Other than the schedule, it's a good time to be a Reign fan. They're on a three game unbeaten streak since (but not just because) Megan Rapinoe joined the team and now welcome the Boston Breakers to town a week after coming back to beat them for Seattle's first win of the season.
This is actually the Reign's fourth game in 10 days, which is a little ridiculous, but as long as the team is picking up points they won't complain. Rapinoe played only about a third of Saturday's win over Chicago, so she'll likely be good to go. But some of the other players may see some rotation. Jess Fishlock in particular has been playing nonstop, but she's the heart of the team in the midfield and would be difficult to replace.
Fortunately the team has reinforcements lined up. They recently added Stephanie Cox, Ranae Cuellar, and Jessica McDonald and it sounds like all three may be available to play tonight. Cuellar should be a significant upgrade to a forward position that's been in dire need of upgrading all season. And Cox is a national team quality left back who can help solidify a young defense.
The team has already moved off the bottom of the standings with their recent run. A win tonight would put them only a point behind Chicago and four behind Boston for fifth in the league. There's a big gap after that to climb into a playoff position, but it's not impossible.