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Megan Rapinoe is back!

Reign vs. Sky Blue Photo credit - MikeRussellFoto

Quick Recap: Seattle Reign FC put on a show at home, taking down Sky Blue FC 4-1 at Memorial Stadium. After recovering from a hamstring strain, Megan Rapinoe returned to the field for her first match in a month and scored two beautiful goals. Allie Long and Jodie Taylor found the back of the net as well.

Seattle returns to Memorial Stadium next weekend, taking on the Chicago Red Stars on May 19 at 7 PM PT.


The time has finally come; Seattle Reign FC is back at home after nearly two months of road battles, bye weeks, and international breaks. On Saturday, the club takes on Sky Blue FC at Memorial Stadium in a match that kicks off at 7 PM PT. Fans who cannot watch in person will be able to stream the game on the go90 app and website.

Winning on the road against their Cascadia rivals last week propelled Reign FC’s record to 3–1–1 and put the team second in the league. Sky Blue, meanwhile, has yet to find its first win. The club sits at 0-3-1 and has struggled mightily to find the back of the net.

Former Seattle Reign forward Katie Johnson has proved to be a spark for the New Jersey side. She scored two goals in the club’s last match against the Houston Dash — and nearly earned her first NWSL hat trick. She also assisted on the team’s only other goal of the season, which was scored by rookie Savannah McCaskill.

Despite their goal-scoring struggles, Reign FC fans should know that Sky Blue is not a team to discount. Their roster boasts plenty of attacking talent and a lot of speed — something that has been difficult for Seattle’s defense to contain in recent years. In addition to Johnson, Sky Blue’s attack includes the dynamic and creative play of McCaskill, along with Shea Groom, who thrived in FC Kansas City under now-Reign head coach Vlatko Andonovski but hasn’t quite found her rhythm with Sky Blue.

“I think they’re going to be very good,” Andonovski said of Sky Blue FC. “The players they have on their team are all national team players for different countries. We know that every game they’re going to get better and better.”

The primary area on the field where Sky Blue has been lacking is in the midfield. A group of players like Janine Beckie, Carli Lloyd, Raquel Rodriguez, and Sarah Killion shouldn’t have as much difficulty as they are moving the ball, but that’s exactly what has happened in their first four matches. Under a new head coach, Denise Reddy, the club has tried to move to a more technical, possession-based style of play. You can see them trying to execute that game plan, but the pieces haven’t all clicked for the New Jersey club — yet. It could be scary when they do.

These two sides have met once already this season — a 1-0 victory for Seattle. It was Sky Blue’s first home match of the season and was in monsoon-like conditions. Seattle’s only goal came thanks to a Megan Rapinoe penalty kick in the 6th minute. Rapinoe would come out of that match with a hamstring strain, and she hasn’t featured since.

The good news for Seattle fans is that Rapinoe is off the injury report, and Andonovski said she probably could have played against the Thorns — but the team opted to be careful in her recovery, looking to keep her healthy in the long term. Rapinoe should be a strong spark for Seattle’s attack, which has looked more threatening in recent weeks without her, scoring three against Portland and once against Orlando.

If Seattle is running on all cylinders, this should be another really fun match for Seattle Reign FC fans.

Updates

Jodie Taylor finished a lovely Steph Catley cross in the 5th minute!

Hellllo, Megan Rapinoe. She puts Seattle up 2-0 in the 38th.

Welcome back, Rapinoe! Her second goal for the night puts Seattle up 3-0.

Savannah McCaskill puts a goal in for Sky Blue. 3-1 Reign now.

Reign get an insurance goal for good measure. Go up 4-1 on this Allie Long goal.

What a save by Lydia Williams!


Lineups

Megan Rapinoe returns to the Starting XI! Lydia Williams is in goal.

Injury Report

Seattle: OUT: Yael Averbuch (illness), Kiersten Dallstream (right hamstring strain), Jaycie Johnson (right knee sprain – D45)

Sky Blue: OUT: Amandine Pierre-Louis (right tibia/fibula contusion)

How to Watch

Time/Date: Saturday, May 12, 7 PM PT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Seattle
TV: N/A
Streaming: go90 app (iOS/Android), go90.com
International Streaming: NWSL app (iOS/Android), NWSL website

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