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Reign FC v. Portland, quick recap: Reign book a trip to the playoffs

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Reign win 2-0 with goals from Jodie Taylor and Bethany Balcer

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QUICK RECAP: Reign FC take down their rivals at Cheney Stadium on Sunday in a rough affair where the home side got the better chances on the day. Portland Thorns had a few strong looks on goal, but it was the Reign who finished their chances — winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Jodie Taylor and substitute Bethany Balcer. With the win, Reign FC clinch a playoff spot. They could finish as high as 3rd — if they win their net and Portland loses. But for now, they secured the fourth and final spot. Playoffs, here we come!


It’s Reign FC’s final match in a three-game homestand. It’s also the team’s final home game of the season, with a sold-out crowd expected. We can think of no better opponent than the club’s I-5 rivals, Portland Thorns FC, to close out the team’s first year at Cheney Stadium.

The rivalry match kicks off at 11 AM PT; it was moved to an earlier time because ESPN picked up the match. The game will stream on the ESPN website and app and air on ESPN2.

Reign FC remain in a strong playoff position. A win on Sunday against their Cascadia rivals would secure at least 4th place and a trip to the playoffs. They’d still be in the playoff race with a loss or draw — but might as well clinch with a match to go, yes?

Injury Report

Reign FC

OUT: Taylor Smith (SEI - R Knee), Jasmyne Spencer (SEI - L Knee), Michelle Betos (SEI - R Achilles), Jaycie Johnson (SEI - R Knee), Scout Watson (SEI - Concussion), Jessica Fishlock (SEI - L Knee), Megan Oyster (L Knee)

QUESTIONABLE: Bethany Balcer (R Groin)

Portland Thorns

OUT: Kelli Hubly (R Hip), Angela Salem (L Knee), Gabby Seiler (R Knee)

QUESTIONABLE: Celeste Boureille (L Ankle)

Keys to the Match

  • Manage crosses and long balls in the air
  • Win the midfield battle
  • Playoffs or bust

Lineups

Megan Rapinoe returns to the starting lineup, while Bethany Balcer is available on the bench.

Tobin Heath doesn’t suit up at all for the Thorns.

Highlights

27’ - Reign FC goal!! Jodie Taylor with the fantastic finish.

81’ - Bethany Balcer goal! Reign go up 2-0

How to Watch

When: Sunday, September 29, 11 AM PT

Where: Cheney Stadium, Tacoma

Live stream (for users in the U.S.): WatchESPN

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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