QUICK RECAP: Seattle Reign FC needed a draw or a win to book their spot in the 2019 NWSL Playoffs. Reign FC fought hard in the first half to get through Houston’s tough defense in the first half. An early Jess Fishlock shot went off the far post, while two Megan Rapinoe crosses were just out of the reach of Seattle’s streaking back-post runners.
The goals would come in the second half, though, and a Jodie Taylor brace gave Reign FC three points and a ticket to the playoffs. Seattle earned its 12th shutout of the season, which ties an NWSL record, and the team has gone 429 minutes without giving up a goal.
Reign FC remains in second place with two matches remaining — including a 1 p.m. home match this Saturday, August 25 against the top-ranked North Carolina Courage.
For the third match in a row, Seattle Reign FC will be facing their competition under hazy, smoky conditions. This time, the team hosts the Houston Dash for their second-to-last home match of the regular season. The game kicks off at Memorial Stadium at 7:30 PM PT tonight and will stream on the NWSL website and the NWSL app.
The weather is going to be hard to play through, but there is a lot on the line for both teams. A win or draw sends Reign FC to the playoffs for the third time in club history. Houston, meanwhile, could jump into fourth place with a win.
Seattle will once again have to grit out a result without a few key players. The team’s most consistent player, Allie Long, picked up a knee sprain last weekend and is out. Elizabeth Addo is no longer on the injury report after sitting out for over a month, while Rumi Utsugi went from out to questionable. Megan Rapinoe is also questionable, and Vlatko Andonovski might opt to rest her so she’s ready for Seattle’s big match against the North Carolina Courage on Saturday.
This team has proven time and time again they have the grit and determination to win. Wednesday’s match will be another big test for them.
OUT: Bianca Henninger (left hand fracture), Kristie Mewis (left ACL sprain — SEI), Meleana Shim (left ankle sprain); QUESTIONABLE: Claire Polkinghorne (left ankle sprain)
OUT: Yael Averbuch (illness — SEI), Kiersten Dallstream (right knee sprain — SEI), Allie Long(right knee sprain), Beverly Yanez (right foot fracture); QUESTIONABLE: Megan Rapinoe (left hip strain), Rumi Utsugi (left calf strain)
Keys to the Match
- Defend Houston’s transition play
- Build play through the midfield
- Move the ball quickly, especially in the offensive third
- Secure a trip to the playoffs!
Available substitutes tonight are Addo, Betos, Johnson, Kawasumi, Kleiner, Leon, and Westphal pic.twitter.com/RrdWYXjk6m— Seattle Reign FC (@ReignFC) August 22, 2018
How to Watch
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 21 @ 7:30 PM PT
Location: UW Medicine Pitch at Memorial Stadium — Seattle, Washington
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