It’s the OL Reign regular-season home opener! Sunday’s match at Lumen FIeld kicks off at 3 PM PT, as the Reign host Racing Louisville for the first time this year. For those who can’t make it to Lumen, the game will stream on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Twitch for international viewers.
Like the Reign, Racing Louisville started the regular season with a 2-1 road loss to Chicago. They went 1-2-3 in the Challenge Cup, scoring 8 goals while allowing 7. Last year, Louisville played very direct soccer — scoring the second-fewest goals while conceding the most. This year, with new player additions and a new coach, they are deploying a different style. Louisville likes to press high and move the ball up the field through possession.
OL Reign players, meanwhile, still have a bitter taste in their mouths after a disappointing midweek loss in the Challenge Cup semifinal. Despite outplaying the Spirit, the Reign couldn’t find the back of the net in regulation, and a missed handball call in the box on the final play prevented the Reign from going ahead before penalties. They ultimately fell in the 10th round and are rather motivated to channel their frustration in another match.
“I think that will definitely be motivating us for some time to come,” defender Sam Hiatt said.
What to Watch
- How does the Reign Revenge Tour start?
- Finish more of their chances
- Calmly build from the back
Injury / Availability Report
OUT: Megan Rapinoe (right calf)
OUT: Emily Fox (left leg), Nadia Nadim (right leg)
23’ - Jess McDonald scores first for Louisville. This started when the Reign lost the ball in the middle of the field, something they’d done a number of times before this.
33’ - Doesn’t matter how you score them, a goal’s a goal. And Tziarra King gets her first of the season!
37’ - And a brace for King to put Reign up 2-1! Great switch from Lu Barnes to get the ball to the right side, and a fantastic overlap from Sofia Huerta to start the attack. King is there to tap in the rebound off Rose Lavelle’s shot.
60’ - Goal, Louisville, apparently? Ref said that Bethany Balcer’s clearance went off the post and over the line. All level now: 2-2.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Sunday, May 8, 3 PM PT
Location: Lumen Field, Seattle
Streaming (US): Paramount+
Streaming (International): Twitch (search NWSLOfficial)
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