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

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


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


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.


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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