It’s the first battle between Reign FC and the Portland Thorns at Cheney Stadium. The rivalry clash kicks off Wednesday, August 7 at 7 PM PT. The game will stream on Yahoo for U.S. fans and the NWSL website for international viewers.
The Reign got the better of the Thorns in their season opener on July 5, where Reign FC stayed organized and gave up limited chances to Portland before striking on a poorly cleared ball just outside the 18-yard box. The game did not feature the clubs’ U.S. players, who were still competing in the World Cup.
Today’s match should have all but one of those players available, as Megan Rapinoe continues to recover from injury. Still, if Reign FC win their duels and set the tone for the game early, they could sneak out a win against the top offensive side in the league.
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 - L Ankle), Megan Rapinoe (L Achilles), Stephanie Cox (Right Calf), Rumi Utsugi (Left Calf)
OUT: Angela Salem (Left Knee), Madison Pogarch (Left Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: Ellie Carpenter (Right Ankle), Meghan Klingenberg (Illness)
Keys to the Match
- Win the duels, especially in the midfield
- Spread the Thorns defense
- Stay organized on set pieces
18’ - Rosie White nearly gets around Adrianna Franch, but the Thorns keeper does enough to stop her.
43’ - SO CLOSE! Yanez just can’t put it on frame. Great ball in from Lu Barnes.
Half time: It’s 0-0 here with both teams having just a few decent chances.
55’ - Rosie White goal! Great work from Iffy Onumonu to set that all up. 1-0 Reign.
59’ - Rosie White off the crossbar!
Full time: Reign win 1-0! Move up to third and are just one point behind the Thorns with a game in hand.
How to Watch
When: Wednesday, August 7, 7 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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