Reign FC continue their road trip — where they’ve already picked up 9 points in three matches — with a cross-country journey to North Carolina. They’ll face the Courage at 4 PM PT on Saturday, July 13.
The game streams on Yahoo! Sports for U.S. viewers and on the NWSL website for those watching abroad.
The Courage sit one point behind the Reign in second place, and will be looking to leapfrog the visitors after getting punished by them the first time these teams faced off this season. When North Carolina came to Cheney Stadium at the end of May, the Tacoma-based club unleashed a relentless high press that had the Courage on the defensive. While NC made a late push, the Reign were too dominant early in the match and held on for a 2-1 win.
Injuries continue to plague the Reign, however, and they add Stephanie Cox to the injury list this week. Kristen McNabb is the only player to rejoin the list of now-healthy players. The good news? The Reign have a break next week — so expect them to put everything on the line to get three points on the road before their U.S. players return.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: Jasmyne Spencer (SEI – Knee), Taylor Smith (SEI – Knee), Michelle Betos (SEI – Achilles), Scout Watson (SEI – Concussion), Jaycie Johnson (SEI – Knee), Jessica Fishlock (SEI – Knee), Darian Jenkins (Hamstring), Morgan Andrews (Hamstring), Rumi Utsugi (Calf), Stephanie Cox (Calf)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Megan Rapinoe (USA), Allie Long (USA), Jodie Taylor (ENG)
OUT: Hailey Harbison (Left Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: Abby Erceg (Right Lower Leg), Ryan Williams (Right Ankle), Julie King (Left Thigh)
Keys to the Match
- Pressure NC’s centerbacks
- Don’t give in to the late attacking onslaught from the Courage
- Prevent too many crosses from the outside backs
North Carolina Courage
How to Watch
When: Saturday, July 13, 4 PM PT
Where: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park | Cary, North Carolina
Live stream (for users in the U.S.): Watch on Yahoo! Sports
Live stream (for users outside the U.S.): Watch on NWSL
More info: How to stream NWSL matches in 2019
21’ - After the Reign had a few good chances, the Courage get on the scoresheet first. Can’t let Lynn Williams get in behind like that.
45+’ - Steph Catley off the crossbar! Would have been a huge goal before half, as the Reign had to make two first-half injury subs.
55’ - What a great goal from Debinha. Courage go up 2-0.