Today's final home match of the regular season will be as much a celebration as a game. NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush will be awarding the team the NWSL Shield they clinched at midweek, and in attendance will be the World Cup trophy that Reign players Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe (as well as Sky Blue players Kelley O'Hara and Christie Rampone) helped win this summer. This should also be the match that pushes the team average attendance over 4,000 for the season, marking a milestone towards a long-term financially viable team and league.
There's nothing left to play for this season in the standings, but Coach Harvey wants to keep momentum going into the playoffs, so it'll be interesting to see how she assembles the lineup. Statistically, Kim Little is three behind Crystal Dunn in the race for the Golden Boot, so there's an outside shot she could close the gap in the next two games if she starts. And of course the team will want to keep their home undefeated streak alive — Seattle has still never lost a match at Memorial Stadium.
Sky Blue has even less on the line, having been eliminated from the playoffs a week ago and looking toward their home and season finale on Wednesday in New Jersey. But they're also on a three game undefeated streak after spending much of the season at or near the bottom of the standings.
Last time these teams met was just before the World Cup break in Seattle, when the Reign scored two goals in the first half en route to a comprehensive 3-0 win in which Sky Blue keeper Brittany Cameron made 8 saves. And that match was without Solo and Rapinoe, so Seattle should be even more dangerous now and looking to finish their home regular season schedule in style.