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Megan Rapinoe earns her first Seattle Reign start in 2016

The Reign need 3 points to remain in the hunt for an NWSL playoff spot.

Mike Russelll

Seattle Reign FC face Washington Spirit tonight in one of their most important matches of the season, and Megan Rapinoe will be getting her first start of the season for the match. Rapinoe replaces Naho Kawasumi, while the Reign lineup remains unchanged otherwise from their last match.

Rapinoe, who tore her ACL in December, made a miraculous recovery and was on the U.S. National Team roster for the Olympics, although she could only manage about 30 to 35 minutes in the limited playing time she saw.

Since returning to the Reign, Rapinoe has been used as an impact sub, coming in around the 60th or 70th minute. In her first match back, she scored in stoppage time against the Portland Thorns. She was a constant threat against the Spirit, but was unable to find the back of the net.

Pinoe, however, has caused the Spirit all sorts of trouble the past few seasons. She scored on them in the 2014 and 2015 playoffs, and had a powerful strike against them at the close of the 2015 season. Here's hoping she can produce a few more of these tonight.

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