Quick Recap: Reign FC walk away from a road match against the Houston Dash with a 1-0 win thanks to a Rosie White goal in the 21st minute. The second half was dominated in possession and shots by the Dash, but Houston couldn’t put a number of their chances on frame — and Reign FC goalkeeper Casey Murphy was there for the rest of the shots. It wasn’t a pretty win, but we’ll take the three points.
Reign FC kick off against the Houston Dash at 4 PM PT on Friday, August 2. The road match will air on ESPNEWS, part of a post-World Cup deal with ESPN to air select NWSL games on national TV and streaming platforms.
Friday’s clash is the first of a three-match stretch over the next 10 days for the Reign. The next two are at home.
The Reign will be without their two World Cup champions on Friday, as Allie Long and Megan Rapinoe are in California with the rest of the USWNT for the first match of their World Cup Victory Tour. Both should be back with the team on Wednesday when the Reign host rivals Portland Thorns FC.
For now though, all eyes are on Houston, a team the Reign have drawn with twice already this season. Three points would be huge before heading back to Tacoma.
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)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Megan Rapinoe (USA), Allie Long (USA)
OUT: Veronica Latsko (Left Knee - SEI), Kayla McCoy (Left Knee -SEI), Nichelle Prince (Right Knee - SEI)
QUESTIONABLE: Allysha Chapman - (Left Ankle)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Arianna Romero (MEX)
Keys to the Match
- Win the duels
- Go the full 90
- Finish those chances
Rosie White gets the start in the midfield for Reign FC, while Celia is back!
21’ - Goal, Reign FC! Rosie White gets her first goal for the club.
25’ - Fantastic work from Casey Murphy to stop Rachel Daly’s shot
51’ - Another great look for White on a strong combination play.
78’ - Murphy with another great save
How to Watch
When: Friday, August 2, 4 PM PT
Where: BBVA Stadium, Houston
Live stream (for users in the U.S.): Watch on ESPN
Live stream (for users outside the U.S.): Watch on NWSL
More info: How to stream NWSL matches in 2019
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