The Seattle Reign v. Portland Thorns rivalry is still young, as the NWSL is just finishing up its fourth season. Despite that, it gets more heated every game, and Seattle fans have had their share of exciting matches and fun goals over the last few years.
Seattle Reign FC has scored 13 goals against their PNW rivals in the last four seasons, and will hopefully have a few more to add to the list this weekend when they once again face the Thorns at home.
Need some help getting excited? Let’s take a look back at five of Ride of the Valkyries’ favorite goals against Portland for some assistance.
5. Naho Kawasumi, July 27, 2014
This was Naho’s second goal in a 5-0 Reign thrashing at home against Portland. While we could have easily included every goal from this fun match, we had to narrow our selection—and this goal made the cut for a few reasons. First, Naho does a great job sneaking behind the defense and getting back onside at the perfect time. Second, this is a Vintage Kim Little (TM) ball into the box. Naho is easily able to run onto it, and sends a perfect volley into the far corner of the net.
4. Bev Yanez, July 26, 2015
This was another lively home match, with World Cup stars returning to play and Seattle winning 3-0 just four days after facing Portland on the road. One of the best things about this goal was the fact that it came while the Rose City Riveters were shouting “dodgy keeper.” Such sweet, sweet timing. Yanez does a fantastic job getting herself in a position to win that header, too. Oh, and another perfect Kim Little cross. So pretty.
3. Naho Kawasumi, July 27, 2014
So we all knew by this point in 2014 that Naho was a lethal shooter and a pinpoint crosser. But at just 5’ 2” she wasn’t really known as someone who scored many goals with her head. On this glorious day, Naho proved us wrong. We already shared the second goal Naho scored in this match, but this was definitely our favorite. What a ball from Little. And look at the hops on tiny Naho! We were all smiling widely after this beautiful play.
2. Jess Fishlock, April 21, 2013
Ah, 2013. Such a tough year for Seattle Reign fans. But this moment early in season won us over and made Jess Fishlock one of the most beloved Reign players in the team’s short history. The goal isn’t all that impressive. But it was a delight to see both Fishlock and Winters, a pair that would become a force in the NWSL, work hard to win the ball on a cross—especially with Seattle down 2-0 at this point.
Despite the tough season, this team had so much fight. Fishlock’s reaction after the goal made this one so memorable. THAT is a player who loves her team.
1. Kim Little, July 22, 2015
As if there could be any other option? This was the only goal scored in a 1-0 win on the road against Portland. Kim Little gets the ball in space outside the box, takes on two defenders, makes a great hesitation dribble, holds off a physical challenge in the box, and slots it into the back of the net. She makes it look ridiculously easy. It’s amazing how often she does that. And this was against a Portland defense that was one of the most
So many great goals—many involving Kim Little or Naho Kawasumi. Hopefully, that’s something that will be repeated on Saturday when Seattle takes on Portland at home. But if I’m being honest, I don’t care who scores the goals for Seattle. I just want three points.
Which goal or goals have been your favorite in this rivalry matchup? Share them in the comments below! AND GET HYPE.