Reign FC hopes to keep their winning streak alive on Sunday as they take on former head coach Laura Harvey and the Utah Royals at Cheney Stadium. Reign FC hosts Utah at 1 PM PT, and the match will stream on Yahoo! Sports for U.S. viewers and the NWSL website for international fans. It looks like this will be another sold-out affair in Tacoma.
Both teams are battling for a playoff spot, and with just nine matches remaining, picking up points along this final stretch is crucial. Reign FC sits in fourth with 26 points, while the Royals are in seventh with 21. Depending on the result of Portland versus North Carolina, a win for the Reign could propel them into second place.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: Jasmyne Spencer (SEI - Knee), Taylor Smith (SEI - Knee), Michelle Betos (SEI - Right Achilles), Jaycie Johnson (SEI - Right Knee), Scout Watson (SEI - Concussion), Jessica Fishlock (SEI - Left Knee), Lydia Williams (45D - Left Ankle), Stephanie Cox (Right Calf), Rumi Utsugi (Left Calf), Megan Rapinoe (L Achilles), Kristen McNabb (L Soleus)
OUT: FW Brittany Ratcliffe (SEI-Left knee), DF Taylor Lytle (SEI-Left foot), DF Becca Moros (Right Leg), DF Kelley O’Hara (L ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Mandy Laddish (Concussion)
Keys to the Match
- Score early
- Don’t get pulled out of position defensively
- Keep Christen Press off the ball
Rebecca Quinn gets her first start (and first minutes) for Reign FC
Utah goes with the exact same lineup that started on Wednesday.
3’ - Not the start we wanted. An unfortunate deflection off ARod’s shot sees the ball fall right to Katie Stengel. 1-0 Royals.
41’ - Shea Groom gets the equalizer! Put in a lot of work to be able to smash the ball into the net.
59’ - Bugger. Lo’eau LaBonta slices through multiple Reign defenders and put the visitors up 2-1.
67’ - Things just went from bad to worse. Murphy spills the shot and Amy Rodriquez puts in the rebound. 3-1 Utah now.
How to Watch
When: Sunday, August 11, 1 PM PT
Where: Cheney Stadium, Tacoma
Live stream (for users in the U.S.): Watch on Yahoo
Live stream (for users outside the U.S.): Watch on NWSL
More info: How to stream NWSL matches in 2019
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