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Find out what Seattle needs to do to start the season with a win.

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We are just one more night of sleep away from the Seattle Reign FC kicking off the 2018 season and after the club invited season-ticket holders to KEXP studios on Wednesday night for a season kickoff party, fans are ready to make some noise on Saturday.

And so is the team.

After training, we spoke with forwards, Jodie Taylor and Megan Rapinoe, midfielder Allie Long, and goalkeeper Michelle Betos about what the team will need to do to start the season with a win, as well getting to know a bit about them in the same fashion we got to know some of the squad on Wednesday night.

Jodie Taylor / Forward / #14

New team, new players, new coach, new city. What’s been the biggest challenge/adjustment?

Every time you go to a new club, moving places, getting into your apartment, accommodations, getting new things, getting to know the girls. The coach, the style, the philosophy, gelling with people, that’s probably the biggest challenge of all. But coming here, the transition has been really easy.

Who is the one teammate with an on-the-field skill you wish you had?

Pinoe with her set pieces and her crosses. She’s unbelievable on central free kicks.

Life on the road presents time to listen/watch/read – name one thing from any of those categories you’d recommend?

The TV series, Ray Donovan.

Which pop culture spectacle would you rather be in attendance for: Super Bowl or WrestleMania or the Oscars?

The Super Bowl.

What does Seattle need to do to get the win on Saturday?

I think work hard. We have a lot of talent on the team and I think we’re gelling quite well. Just work hard on and off the ball and stay patient. It’s early in the season, we’re going to make mistakes and might not all be on the same page, but if we stay persistent and work hard, I think we’ll get the three points.


Allie Long / Midfielder / #6

New team, new players, new coach, new city. What’s been the biggest challenge/adjustment?

I think the tight turnaround of coming from national team duty and then just a week and a half to prepare. It’s been really fun learning the new players I’m with has been the one thing that’s taken time, but I’m enjoying it.

Who is the one teammate with an on the field skill you wish you had?

The way Pinoe can serve the ball.

Life on the road presents time to listen/watch/read – name one thing from any of those categories you’d recommend?

The TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale.

Which pop culture spectacle would you rather be in attendance for: Super Bowl or WrestleMania or the Oscars?

The Super Bowl.

What does Seattle need to do to get the win on Saturday?

Be relentless in the attack and defense. Just stay true to our game and not let up.


Michelle Betos / Goalkeeper / #18

New team, new players, new coach, new city. What’s been the biggest challenge/adjustment?

Anytime you go to a new team with a new coach, you want to understand their philosophy, how it works with all the girls around you. For me it’s learning how Vlatko wants to play. He’s been extremely successful before so it’s easy to buy in and getting an understanding as a goalkeeper what does he want me telling my defenders, what do we want to look like.

I think you’re always learning, no matter how long you’ve been in this league. I think Vlatko’s a very good defensive-minded coach and a big proponent of winning the ball high, winning it back quickly. Let’s keep the ball so we don’t have to defend that much, but if we have the ball, let’s think about what we’re going to do defensively. There’s been a lot to learn and it’s been cool to see.

Who is the one teammate with an on the field skill you wish you had?

Naho’s ability to ‘meg a goalkeeper is something I’d like to add to my repertoire or Pinoe’s service for sure is something I don’t think we see anywhere else.

We brought up Naho’s desire from last season that she would like to be a goalkeeper so maybe one day Michelle and Naho can switch roles and square off. Betos said:

I have yet to see something Naho is bad at, so I’ll never count her out at anything.

Life on the road presents time to listen/watch/read – name one thing from any of those categories you’d recommend?

The podcasts, Arrow Living, The Tim Ferriss Show, and Bulletproof Radio with Dave Asprey.

Which pop culture spectacle would you rather be in attendance for: Super Bowl or WrestleMania or the Oscars?

The Super Bowl.

What does Seattle need to do to get the win on Saturday?

Play together. We have a ton of talent, if you look at our roster, it’s pretty impressive lineup. I think it’s just about doing everything together, buying in, pressing together, dropping together, defending together, attacking together. If we can all work together and put in the work for ninety minutes, I think we’re going to be a very hard team to beat.


Megan Rapinoe / Forward / #15

New team, new players, new coach, new city. What’s been the biggest challenge/adjustment?

I guess challenging is a way to say it, but it’s more exciting getting to know everyone. Getting to know what kind of balls Jodie likes, what kind of runs she’s going to make. I’ve played with Allie for a long time, so for me it’s kind of fun and exciting. Obviously last year was not the result we wanted and I think we have a lot better chance to have a lot better performance this year.

Who is the one teammate with an on the field skill you wish you had?

I wish my feet were as smooth as Rumi’s.

Life on the road presents time to listen/watch/read – name one thing from any of those categories you’d recommend?

The podcast, Pod Save The World.

Which pop culture spectacle would you rather be in attendance for: Super Bowl or WrestleMania or the Oscars?

WrestleMania. The Oscars would probably get pretty boring and I’ve actually been to the Super Bowl so no need to go to that again.

And for those curious, sadly Pinoe did not get to keep the WWE Championship she posed with during the FIFA World Cup victory parade.

I think the Federation has it. I think it’s at their soccer house.

What does Seattle need to do to get the win on Saturday?

I think stick to the process that we’ve had so far. Can’t try to win it all at one time, just focus on the things we talked about through pre-season and through the week and then the fun stuff comes. Gotta get the little stuff right first, from the back and all the way up.


Seattle Reign FC host the Washington Spirit in their 2018 season opener at UW Medicine Pitch at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, March 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM. Be there!

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