Reign FC’s Jess Fishlock has a chance on Saturday to add one more trophy to a growing cabinet of awards. The Welsh midfielder continues her play with Lyon, where she’s on loan through this weekend, as the club faces off against Barcelona in the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) Final.
The match will stream for free on B/R Live and kicks off at 9 AM PT.
Lyon has appeared in the Champions League final eight times since 2010, and the club is going for its fourth consecutive title. But the victories haven’t come easy for the French side in recent years. Penalty kicks decided the winner in both 2016 and 2017. And while Lyon won 4-1 last year against Wolfsburg, all five goals came in the final 30 minutes of extra time.
Barcelona, meanwhile, are hoping to become the first Spanish club in history to win the UWCL Final. They will rely on the creative play of Lieke Marten, who was voted Europe’s best player in 2017 after leading Netherlands to the UEFA Euro Championship. Forward Toni Duggan, recently named to England’s World Cup squad, is Barcelona’s top scorer in the Champions League this season with five goals.
Fishlock and Lyon certainly have the stronger team across all positions on the field. The Reign FC midfielder has started in the most important Champions League matches and continues to be a key cog in the center of the pitch.
The 32-year-old already has two NWSL Shields, three W-League championships, and a Champions League medal to her name — thanks to a loan spell at FFC Frankfurt in 2015. Unfortunately, Fishlock was unable to play in the final that year, as the NWSL forced her to return to Reign FC for the start of the season. Saturday’s match is an opportunity to right that wrong and give Wales’ most-capped player a deserved spotlight on a big stage.
“The reason why you play is to play in big games, and everyone knows how big and how special the Champions League is,” Fishlock told BBC Sport Wales. ”This is definitely one I am looking forward to. I am going to have to curb my excitement so I am not too excited come the game.”
Regardless of the outcome, Fishlock’s loan spell ends when her Champions League play concludes, which means she’s coming home to Tacoma after this weekend. The club confirmed she should be available for Reign FC’s May 27 match, just two short weeks away. She’ll be a welcome addition to a side that hasn’t quite found their spark yet this season. Returning with a Champions League victory would be icing on the cake.
Jess Fishlock gets the Champions League Final start
How to Watch
Time/Date: Saturday, May 18, 9 AM PT
Location: Ferencváros Stadion - Budapest
TV: Not available in the U.S. (other country options here)
Streaming: Bleacher Report Live
In person: Doyle’s Public House in Tacoma will be streaming the match
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Before the Reign, Tacoma Defiance and Sounders kick off on Saturday, join us in cheering on Jess Fishlock’s trophy hunt.