Seattle Reign FC’s road match against the Orlando Pride has been moved due to Hurricane Irma, which is predicted to hit Florida over the weekend. Originally slated to kick off on Saturday, September 9, the game will now take place Thursday, September 7 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
Seattle traveled to Orlando immediately after last Sunday’s road match in Frisco, Texas, making the decision to reschedule the match easier for the league and both teams.
The Category 5 Hurricane has already slammed the Caribbean islands of Barbuda, Saint Martin, and Anguilla and is heading toward Puerto Rico. Irma's core has registered maximum sustained winds of 185 mph — well above the 157 mph threshold for a Category 5. It is on track to turn north and head straight through Florida at some point this weekend.
Working with both clubs, the National Women’s Soccer League will continue to monitor weather forecasts until the match begins and make any necessary changes.
The match will take place at Orlando City Stadium after Orlando City B’s game against the Richmond Kickers, which has also been moved up to Thursday. The game will still be available live on the go90 and NWSL apps and websites.
Thursday’s match will feature the two highest scoring offenses. It is a critical game for Reign FC, as the Pride currently sit five points ahead of Seattle in fourth after winning five straight games. A win could put the Reign just two points out of the final playoff spot with two matches remaining.