After a league-wide international break last week, OL Reign is back in action, hosting the North Carolina Courage at Lumen Field on Friday night. The match, which will be OL Reign’s Pride celebration, kicks off at 7 PM PT and will stream on Paramount+ for fans in the U.S. and Twitch for international viewers.
OL Reign enters the match with a 3-2-4 record, while North Carolina are 2-4-1, having played two fewer matches than the Reign.
While OL Reign has significant absences due to international duty, both Kim Little and Tobin Heath are available for selection. Heath arrived on Monday and hasn’t played a match since April, while Little arrived just yesterday. Neither is likely to start, but they could make a sub appearance — certainly not a bad set of players to bring into a match.
What to Watch
- Depth, depth, depth: Both sides will be without key players due to international duty. Which team is able to play their style more effectively with their rotational players?
- Pressure NC’s backline: The Courage are a team that likes to maintain possession and build from the back. Can the Reign pressure them into mistakes high up the pitch?
- Midfield battle: North Carolina has some players who like to battle in the midfield. The Reign will be without Rose Lavelle and Quinn. Can other players step up to win those duels in the middle of the field?
Injury / Availability Report
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Angelina (BRA), Alana Cook (USA), Sofia Huerta (USA), Jordyn Huitema (CAN), Rose Lavelle (USA), Jimena Lopez (MEX), Quinn (CAN), Megan Rapinoe (USA)
OUT: KiKi Pickett (right knee), Valerie Gauvin (left knee)
QUESTIONABLE: Abby Erceg (right knee)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Debinha (BRA), Casey Murphy (USA), Diana Ordoñez (MEX), Havana Solaun (JAM)
Kim Little is starting!!!!
Your Starting XI | @TheNCCourage— OL Reign (@OLReign) July 2, 2022
Can’t wait to see you at our #Pride match presented by @Starbucks ✨
️ Let’s GOOO!!! ️⚧️#BoldTogether #HappyPride pic.twitter.com/qyeBNwLfrz
Our @Bojangles Starting XI!— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) July 2, 2022
✅ Captain @OSullivanDenise
✅ @frankiet01 gets her first professional start #RGNvNC | #CourageUnitesUs pic.twitter.com/ZpkgB9Cy87
39' - Katelyn Rowland makes another big save!
.@rowland_katelyn is on a ROLL!@TheNCCourage | #CourageUnitesUS pic.twitter.com/isrqNlwOhD— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) July 2, 2022
52' - Goooooal, Jess Fishlock
JESSICA. FISHLOCK @JessFishlock | @OLReign pic.twitter.com/eE1v2RX5AD— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) July 2, 2022
74' - Bethany Balcer puts the Reign up 2-0!
B-E-A-Utiful ball movement leading to a @bethanybalcer goal @OLReign | #BoldTogether pic.twitter.com/Nm90rzQMdT— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) July 2, 2022
How to Watch
Date/Time: Friday, July 1, 7 PM PT
Location: Lumen Field, Seattle
Streaming (US): Paramount+
Streaming (International): Twitch (search NWSLOfficial)
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