After a win at home last weekend, OL Reign head on the road to face the Chicago Red Stars. The match kicks off at 3 PM PT at SeatGeek Stadium and will stream on Paramount+ for fans in the U.S. and Twitch for international viewers.
Both the Reign and Chicago are entering the match after a win last weekend. Both clubs also have a number of players unavailable due to Olympic call-ups, with four U.S. Women’s National Team players heading to Tokyo from Chicago.
For the Reign, the new faces continue. Goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce and defender Jimena Lopez trained with the club this week. Both are available for selection.
Additionally, the club confirmed to us that defender Jimena Lopez is available for selection tomorrow!— Ride of the Valkyries (@rovalks) July 17, 2021
This will be another important match for OL Reign if they want to shift momentum and push for the playoffs later in the year. Most important will be to show team chemistry and a commitment to win duels and keep the ball for a full 90 minutes. That will be especially key against Chicago, a team that scored five of its eight goals after the 60th minute.
What to Watch
- Lots of movement up top
- Cut off passing lanes to the forwards
- Win the duels
Injury Report / Absences
Chicago Red Stars
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Julie Ertz (USA), Alyssa Naeher (USA), Tierna Davidson (USA), Casey Krueger (USA)
OUT: Ally Watt (right knee), Rosie White (illness)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Nicole Momiki (JPN), Rose Lavelle (USA), Megan Rapinoe (USA), Quinn (CAN), Angelina (BRA)
No changes from last week’s lineup for the Reign
12’ - Bethany Balcer goal! She’s on fire.
49’ - Frustrating. Chicago scores their 4th (!!!) own goal in a row, tying the game 1-1 on this Celia block.
55’ - Second own goal in a row, and Chicago goes up 2-1. What in the world.
63’ - Mallory Pugh makes it 3-1.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Sunday, July 18, 3 PM PT
Location: SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, IL
Streaming (US/Canada): Paramount+
Streaming (International): Twitch
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