Quick Recap: Seattle Reign FC and Orlando Pride couldn’t find the back of the net, and a match between the second and third-place teams in the league ended in a scoreless draw. Both teams missed their U.S. Women’s National Team players and other starters due to injury. Reign FC had the better chances in the first half, and neither side could really find momentum in the second.
On Sunday evening, Seattle Reign FC returns to Memorial Stadium for its fourth home match of the season. The team kicks off against the Orlando Pride at 6:00 PM in a match that will also stream on go90.
Both teams come into the weekend match with depleted lineups. Seattle will be without Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long, as both were called into camp for two upcoming U.S. Women’s National Team friendlies — before the official FIFA international break, we should mention. Orlando’s Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris also are with the USWNT and will miss the match.
Injuries are impacting both squads as well, though Orlando may feel the effect of the injury bug more intensely. The team is without Ali Krieger, Marta, and Rachel Hill — all significant contributors this season. Seattle remains without Megan Oyster, and possibly Steph Catley, as both are struggling with minor injuries.
Still, both teams have enough depth to make this an exciting match. Sydney Leroux is coming off a two-goal performance, and Reign FC fans are familiar with the danger Christine Nairn presents in the midfield. Both Carson Pickett and Haley Kopmeyer are expected to start for Orlando as well — making this a homecoming of sorts for the former Reign FC players.
After Sunday’s match, both squads will get a week off due to the FIFA international break. With Seattle and Orlando separate by two points, tonight’s winner will sit in second place behind the North Carolina Courage. Right now, if the defense keeps a clean sheet and the squad creates enough chances, it’s Reign FC’s spot in the table to hold onto.
OUT: Camila (right knee surgery – D45), Ali Krieger (right knee sprain), Marta (left calf strain), Rachel Hill (left groin strain)
QUESTIONABLE: Monica (right knee soreness), Toni Pressley (left quad strain)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Ashlyn Harris (USA), Alex Morgan (USA)
OUT: Yael Averbuch (illness), Jaycie Johnson (right knee sprain – D45), Megan Oyster (left knee sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: Steph Catley (left groin strain)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Allie Long (USA), Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Keys to the Match
- Test Orlando’s outside backs
- Create space off the ball
- Apply quick pressure on the midfield
- Stay organized on defense
How to Watch
Date/Time: Sunday, June 3, 6:00 PM PT
Location: UW Medicine Pitch at Memorial Stadium, Seattle
Dave is back! And in the Starting XI for Seattle.
Available substitutes tonight are Addo, Andrews, Bauer, Betos, Kleiner, and Spencer pic.twitter.com/2qsMfKiYAn— Seattle Reign FC (@ReignFC) June 4, 2018
First Half Highlights
15’ - Great sliding tackle by Lauren Barnes to block this Sydney Leroux shot.
18’ - Naho’s initial shot is saved and the rebound goes out for a corner.
22’ - Way too close! Thankfully, Leroux’s header is wide.
And that’s half. It’s all tied up 0-0 at this point. Reign with far more possession and chances.
Second Half Highlights
51’ - Great shot by Naho, and save by Kopmeyer.
73’ - Fantastic save by Lydia Williams!
Not many other highlights. The match ends 0-0 and Seattle will be disappointed they couldn’t create more chances.
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