OL Reign head on their road for their second match of the Challenge Cup tournament. Today at 1 PM PT, they’ll be facing expansion club Angel City FC. The match will stream on Paramount+ for fans in the U.S. and Twitch for international viewers (search NWSLOfficial).
Both teams enter the match on the heels of a 1:1 home draw, with Angel City drawing with San Diego and the Reign ending level with Portland.
This is a dangerous expansion side that is now home to three former Reign players: Dani Weatherholt, Madison Hammond, and Jasmyne Spencer. They also have talented players like the always-lethal Christen Press and Japanese international Jun Endo.
The Reign lead the league in total passes (566) after one match, but they’ll have to get more creative in the final third if they want to dominate possession and score a few goals.
It should be another near-sellout crowd at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, California, which has a capacity of 10,000.
What to Watch
- Keep the front 4 of ACFC’s squad contained (Press, Savannah McCaskill, Tyler Lussi, Endo)
- Win balls high in the midfield and transition
- More creativity in the final third
OUT: Megan Rapinoe (calf), Alyssa Malonson (knee)
Angel City FC
OUT: Megan Reid (concussion), Paige Nielsen (illness), M.A. Vignola (right hip), Katie Cousins (right hip), Sarah Gorden (right knee)
12’ - GOALLLLLLL, Veronica Latsko! Lavelle with the assist, and great vision from Fishlock and work from Balcer to get the ball to Lavelle.
17’ - Alana Cook puts OL Reign up 2-0! Lavelle to Angelina to Cook: GOAL. That’s Angelina’s second assist in two games.
31’ - Savannah McCaskill shown a straight red for the studs up slide on this play.
50’ - Goal, Angelina! Some fantastic combination play and a very unselfish ball from Latsko. 3-0 Reign.
67’ - Darn. Some lax defending from the Reign here. Tyler Lussi puts one in for Angel City. 3-1 now.
How to Watch
Date/Time: March 26, 1 PM PT
Location: Titan Stadium in Fullerton, California
Streaming (US/Canada): Paramount+
Streaming (International): Twitch (search NWSLOfficial)
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