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Reign FC v. NC Courage: Gamethread, livestream, how to watch

Reign keep fighting for a playoff spot.

Nikita Taparia

While injuries continue to plague Reign FC — with Shea Groom getting added to the list after breaking a rib — the team still continues to fight and remains in strong playoff contention heading into the weekend. They could jump to as high as second in the league standings with a win on Saturday against the North Carolina Courage.

The two sides kick off at 4 PM PT in a match that will stream on Yahoo! for U.S. fans and on ESPN’s international partners for those outside the U.S.

North Carolina is not an easy team to beat, however. The Reign did it earlier this year thanks to a complete team performance. They’ll need a similar performance on Saturday — one that stays organized and behind the ball and keeps the team in the game for all 90 minutes.

Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension

Reign FC

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 - Left Ankle), Stephanie Cox (Right Calf), Rumi Utsugi (Left Calf), Megan Rapinoe (L Achilles), Kristen McNabb (L Soleus), Shea Groom (Rib)

North Carolina

OUT: Hailey Harbison (Left Knee), Leah Pruitt (Right Knee)

QUESTIONABLE: Ryan Williams (Right Ankle)

Keys to the Match

  • Don’t let NC’s speedy attackers get behind
  • Win balls in the air
  • Connect on crosses in the box

Lineups

Reign FC

North Carolina Courage

Highlights

40’ - Huge save from Casey Murphy

42’ - And a second HUGE save from Murphy.

69’ - Another big stop by Murphy!

82’ - Bugger. Lynn Williams puts North Carolina up 1-0.

How to Watch

When: Saturday, August 24, 4 PM PT

Where: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, North Carolina

Live stream (for users in the U.S.): Yahoo! Sports

Live stream (for users outside the U.S.): Watch on ESPN (Check for local listings here, or follow the links listed here)

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