QUICK RECAP: Reign FC went down early against the Orlando Pride before scoring two of their own before the end of the first half — getting goals from Darian Jenkins and Jodie Taylor. Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold on to the win — and gave up a goal to Marta in the 86th minute. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.
It wasn’t the team’s best performance, but there’s also probably not too much to take from the match. The draw keeps the Reign securely in fourth place to close out the regular season, which means they’ll travel to North Carolina to take on the Courage in the first round of the NWSL playoffs. That game will be October 20 at 10:30 AM PT.
You can stream the match on Yahoo! Sports if you live in the U.S. and can follow internationally via an ESPN affiliate.
While Reign FC have already qualified for the playoffs, who they play in their NWSL semifinal match remains to be decided. If Reign FC wins — and their rivals in Portland lose or draw — the team will be heading to Chicago. If the Reign can’t leapfrog the Thorns, they’ll face the top-ranked North Carolina Courage.
Injury Report, Suspensions, International Duty
OUT: Taylor Smith (SEI – Right Knee), Jasmyne Spencer (SEI – Left Knee), Michelle Betos (SEI – Right Achilles), Jaycie Johnson (SEI – Right Knee), Scout Watson ( SEI – Concussion), Jessica Fishlock (SEI – Left Knee), Rebecca Quinn (Right Hamstring), Megan Oyster (Left Knee)
SUSPENDED: Beverly Yanez
OUT: Emily van Egmond (Left Ankle Surgery), Alex Morgan (Right Knee), Ali Krieger (Right Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: Dani Weatherholt (Right Ankle), Shelina Zadorsky (Left Thigh)
Keys to the Match
- Pressure the Courage backline
- Finish the crosses
- Get momentum into the playoffs
24’ - FURT. Orlando Pride goes up first.
34’ - Darian Jenkins equalizes!
41’ - Jodie Taylor continues her goal-scoring form, out-muscling Alanna Kennedy in the box.
86’ - Bummer. Marta equalizes for the Pride.
90+3’ - Fantastic save from Casey Murphy to keep it level
How to Watch
When: Saturday, October 12, 4:30 PM PT
Where: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Live stream (for users in the U.S.): Yahoo! Sports
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