With just seven matches remaining after this weekend, every point matters for Reign FC. And three points on the road against Sky Blue FC are not necessary, but pretty darn close. The two teams kick off Sunday, August 18 at 10 AM PT. The match will air on ESPNEWS and stream on the WatchESPN website.
And thanks to ESPN buying out the rights to the rest of the international broadcasts, fans outside the U.S. can view on ESPN. Check for local listings here.
A win today keeps Reign FC in a playoff position. But Sky Blue isn’t going to make it easy on them — especially not in front of a record-setting crowd for the New Jersey side, who moved the match to Red Bull Arena and hope to get close to 10,000 fans in the stands.
Megan Rapinoe is still out with her Achilles injury, but the Reign still have plenty of attacking firepower. They’ll just need to make sure they’re firing on all cylinders to get the goals rolling. And be precise in front of goal.
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: Mandy Freeman (Right Achilles), Madison Tiernan (Left Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: Gina Lewandowski (Left Foot), Domi Richardson (Left Ankle)
Keys to the Match
- Win duels
- Be ruthless in front of goal
- Finish out the match
37’ - A great Elizabeth Eddy shot and a bit of a defensive breakdown, and Reign go down 1-0.
38’ - Reign equalize a minute later! Great ball from Allie Long, and Jodie Taylor slots it in.
47’ - Jodie Taylor off the post!
49’ - Almost for Rosie White!
How to Watch
When: Sunday, August 18, 10 AM PT
Where: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Live stream (for users in the U.S.): YouTube TV, Watch ESPN
Live stream (for users outside the U.S.): Watch on ESPN (Check for local listings here)
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