OL Reign head on the road for their first match of the 2021 regular season against the newly branded NJ/NY Gotham FC. The game at Red Bull Arena kicks off at 4 PM PT and will stream on Paramount+ for fans in North America and Twitch for international viewers.
In the words of Megan Rapinoe and Gotham’s social media team, it’s the battle between Seattle OL Tacoma Reign and Gotham New York / New Jersey Sky Blue FC. Amazing.
Seattle OL Tacoma Reign? Do we have that right @mPinoe? pic.twitter.com/aNhRWJLett— NJ/NY Gotham FC (@GothamFC) May 24, 2021
After a promising OL Reign debut, Rose Lavelle enters this match with a full week of training with her new squad. Can she and her teammates turn that footwork magic into goal creation this time around?
The team will be without Quinn and Nicole Momiki, who were called up early by their national teams ahead of the FIFA international break. Gotham FC will be without Canadians Kailen Sheridan and Evelyn Viens. Speaking of that international break, the team will have 14 days before their next NWSL match. Let’s get 3 points today heading into that break.
What to Watch
- Efficiency in the final third
- Who wins the possession game?
- Stay compact on defense on a big field
Injury Report / Absences
OUT: Ally Watt (Right Knee), Celia (Right Thigh), Karen Bardsley (Left Thigh), Machaela George (Left Ankle), INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Quinn (CAN), Nicole Momiki (JPN)
OUT: Imani Dorsey (left hip); QUESTIONABLE: Estelle Johnson (right hamstring), McCall Zerboni (back); INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Kailen Sheridan (CAN), Evelyne Viens (CAN)
Starting XI | @GothamFC | 4p PT— OL Reign (@OLReign) June 5, 2021
@paramountplus #olreign #NJNYvRGN pic.twitter.com/BFwHNUQhhj
Your Starting XI against @OLReign— NJ/NY Gotham FC (@GothamFC) June 5, 2021
Presented by @NJ_ISJ pic.twitter.com/K8V4856wmV
7’ - Pinoe off the post!
the pass from @roselavelle— National Women's Soccer League (@NWSL) June 5, 2021
the post hit from @mPinoe#NJNYvRGN | https://t.co/0LtSAUK1Jw | #NWSL21 pic.twitter.com/tnuOriYnkb
13’ - FURT. Gotham goes up 1-0 against the run of play.
Air Ify, ready for takeoff ✈️#NJNYvRGN | https://t.co/0LtSAUK1Jw | #NWSL21 pic.twitter.com/kMafEBXbZW— National Women's Soccer League (@NWSL) June 5, 2021
27’ - Just wide from Rose Lavelle.
+ Rapinoe running rampant #NJNYvRGN | https://t.co/0LtSAUK1Jw | #NWSL21 pic.twitter.com/W0D1QcA4QI— National Women's Soccer League (@NWSL) June 5, 2021
56’ - Another great look for the Reign!
Super Haracic saving the day again for Gotham to maintain the lead #NJNYvRGN pic.twitter.com/gbVzcTCCRQ— The Equalizer (@EqualizerSoccer) June 6, 2021
66’ - A cheeky shot from Lavelle. Would have been an epic goal.
What a denial from DiDi #NJNYvRGN | https://t.co/0LtSAUK1Jw | #NWSL21 pic.twitter.com/LHF0FWcKlc— National Women's Soccer League (@NWSL) June 6, 2021
How to Watch
Date/Time: Saturday, June 5, 4 PM PT
Location: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Streaming (US/Canada): Paramount+
Streaming (International): Twitch
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