Tonight marks the first meeting between OL Reign and the Orlando Pride this season. The road match at Exploria Stadium in Orlando kicks off at 4 PM PT (UPDATE: due to a weather delay, kickoff has been pushed to 4:37 PM PT).
The match will air locally on FOX 13+ and will stream on Paramount+ for fans in the U.S. and Twitch for international viewers (search NWSLOfficial).
OL Reign enters the match fifth in the league table with a 6-4-6 record. The club has scored 20 goals while allowing 15. Orlando is eighth in the league with a 5-5-6 record and has scored 19 goals while conceding 31.
The Pride are riding a seven-game unbeaten streak and are just three points behind the Reign. With just five matches remaining for OL Reign after tonight, it’s a very tight NWSL table. Only five points separate fourth and seventh place at the moment. If the Reign want to continue their steady push for the playoffs — with the top six teams in the league advancing — a win or draw today would be incredibly helpful.
What to Watch
- Riding Pinoe’s momentum: Megan Rapinoe has scored three goals and assisted on two in the team’s last three regular-season matches. She’s in great form right now. Can she continue the momentum in Orlando?
- Attacking creativity: The Orlando Pride are an organized team defensively and put numbers behind the ball. How does OL Reign counter this and get creative in the final third?
- Clean sheet: It has been a while since OL Reign have earned a clean sheet (July 1 was their last one). Let’s change that tonight.
Injury / Availability Report
OUT: Angelina (SEI - right knee), Tobin Heath (left leg), Quinn (upper body)
OUT: Kaylie Collins (wrist), Caitlin Cosme (knee), Darian Jenkins (knee), Toni Pressley (Covid protocol), Parker Roberts (foot), Marta (SEI), Chelsee Washington (ankle)
Your Starting XI | @ORLPride— OL Reign (@OLReign) August 26, 2022
New kickoff time: 4:37pm PT
@fox13seattle | @paramountplus #BoldTogether pic.twitter.com/w6iRs7kP0P
Your Starting XI for tonight's match @orlandohealth | #ORLvRGN | #PrideOfOrlando pic.twitter.com/6S1vcSX6Pc— Orlando Pride (@ORLPride) August 26, 2022
37’ - A bad pass from out of the back gives the ball to the Pride, and Meggie Dougherty Howard takes advantage of it, giving the Pride a 1-0 lead on their first shot of the game.
Meggie Dougherty Howard capitalizes on OL Reign's mistake and makes it 1-0. pic.twitter.com/49nLU2agGP— Attacking Third (@AttackingThird) August 27, 2022
56’ - Megan Rapinoe does incredibly well to keep possession and create a chance here, and Bethany Balcer times her run perfectly to finish it. 1-1 now!
Balcer equalizes for the Reign! Heading home the *perfect* cross from Rapinoe!#ORLvRGN | 1 - 1 pic.twitter.com/dgYxJ1TvV6— The Equalizer (@EqualizerSoccer) August 27, 2022
90+2’ - Megan Rapinoe with the stoppage time dagger! Reign win 2-1.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? @mPinoe with a stoppage time stunner for @OLReign!#ORLvRGN | #BoldTogether pic.twitter.com/cVp1s0CJnd— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) August 27, 2022
How to Watch
Date/Time: Friday, August 26, 4:37 PM PT
Location: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL
TV: FOX 13+
Streaming (US): Paramount+
Streaming (International): Twitch (search NWSLOfficial)
Join the Discussion
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