The Seattle Reign face Sky Blue FC at Memorial Stadium for their final regular season home match in 2015 on Saturday. The Reign have already secured the NWSL Shield, but Coach Laura Harvey has made it clear the team does not plan to take its foot off the pedal leading into the playoffs.
The Reign also have a 21-game home unbeaten streak to add to. Why put the brakes on now?
If you haven't ventured out to Memorial Stadium this year, Saturday would be a great day to reconcile that and view the match from the stands.
Billed as the Reign's Fan Appreciation Night, the team has a lot planned for those attending their 7 p.m. kickoff.
NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush, who rarely makes public appearances, will be at the game to present the NWSL Shield to the Reign in a post-match ceremony. In case you missed the news, the Reign secured the shield for the second straight year when they took down the Boston Breakers 3-1 on Wednesday.
In addition to the shield presentation, fans attending the match will have the opportunity to grab a photo with the World Cup trophy. Yes, THAT World Cup trophy.
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The Reign will face a Sky Blue team that has jumped up the standings after its World Cup stars returned. Sky Blue, while out of playoff contention, has risen from eighth to sixth place with a real possibility to surpass Portland before the season is over.
The New Jersey team boasts USWNT stars Christie Rampone and Kelley O'Hara, who scored a ninja-kick World Cup goal against Germany and apparently never gets tired. They also have two Australia national team stars: the speedy Samantha Kerr on the wing and the young, breakout defender Caitlin Foord.
In addition to some fun fan festivities, it promises to be a match filled with high-quality soccer.
If the Reign manage to bring in more than 4,137, it will bring their season home match average to 4,000 for the year — a roughly 11 percent jump from their 3,632 average in 2014. Haven't purchased your ticket yet? It's not too late; tickets are still available.
If you can't make the match, you'll have one final opportunity to catch the Reign at home this year. On Sept. 13, the Reign face a to-be-determined opponent in the NWSL semifinals. A win in that match will send them to a second straight NWSL final, although this one will be played at Portland's Providence Park.