We are all missing live soccer right now, but this break in sports presents a fantastic time to dial up the nostalgia. No matter whether they were called Seattle Reign, Reign FC, or now OL Reign, the women’s pro NWSL team in the Puget Sound region has given us plenty of memories.
Join us on Friday, March 27, to re-watch one of the best Cascadia rivalry matches in the club’s history: a 5-0 rout of the Portland Thorns in 2014.
Who wants to join us for an @OLReign re-watch?— Ride of the Valkyries (@rovalks) March 26, 2020
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This 2014 Reign team — playing their first year at Memorial Stadium — went undefeated until July and finished the regular season at the top of the table, with a 16-2-6 (W-L-T) record. Kim Little was named league MVP, tallying 16 goals and 7 assists.
Up against a Thorns team that won the league in 2013, the match was played in front of a crowd of 5,976 at Memorial Stadium. That was the largest crowd to ever watch women’s pro soccer in Seattle at the time.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@rovalks), where we’ll “live”stream the match as well.
We will be hitting “play” right at 7:05 on the YouTube video embedded below. Note: the video is without sound for the first 10 seconds, so don’t freak out if you don’t see or hear action right away. Good ol’ NWSL streams.
With an hour until kickoff, here is how both teams line up.
A few of those names might look familiar. This 2014 Thorns squad featured now OL Reign players Steph Catley, Amber Brooks, Allie Long and (on the bench for this match) Michelle Betos.
Thorns FC XI: Angerer, Marshall, Menges, Van Hollebeke, Catley, Huffman, Brooks, Boquete, Long, Morgan, Sinclair (c) #BAONPDX— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) July 27, 2014
A solid lineup for Reign FC, with the deadly midfield trio of Jess Fishlock, Keelin Winters, and Kim Little. Megan Rapinoe, who had been struggling with a foot injury since the start of the season, is a substitute for today’s match.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Friday, March 27, 7 PM PT (originally aired July 27, 2014)
- We’ll hit the play button at 7:05 PM
Location: Your Home (originally: Memorial Stadium)
This is your OL Reign / Seattle Reign re-watch gamethread. Join us here on Friday to re-live some Reign magic.