It’s Kim Little’s last match with OL Reign. Luckily, the team will be holding the match at Lumen Field so all the local fans can give Little a proper goodbye. OL Reign kicks off against the Houston Dash today at 3 PM PT. The match will stream on Paramount+ for fans in the U.S. and Twitch for international viewers (search NWSLOfficial).
Today’s match marks the first meeting between the two clubs in 2022. With seven games remaining after today, OL Reign enter the match with a 5-3-6 record, and their 21 points put them in 4th place. The Houston Dash also have 21 points, with a 6-4-3 record — having played one fewer match than the Reign.
If Laura Harvey’s side gets a win today, it will be her 82nd win, which would set a new league record for the most regular-season wins all-time by an NWSL head coach.
What to Watch
- Transition: Houston has a speedy frontline that is dangerous in transition. Speedy attacks have given the Reign some trouble when they start with a high line. The backline will need to be ready for that from kickoff.
- No bad giveaways: Because the Dash are so strong in transition, the Reign have to be smart with the ball. No giveaways in bad spots today, please.
- Finish, finish, finish: OL Reign could have earned 3 points on Tuesday against Louisville, but the team wasn’t clinical in front of goal. It’s time to be ruthless at home, where the team is still undefeated.
Injury / Availability Report
OUT: Bethany Balcer (illness), Angelina (SEI, knee), Rose Lavelle (right leg)
OUT: Rachel Daly (excused absence), Makamae Gomera-Stevens (SEI, left knee), Kelcie Hedge (SEI, right knee), Annika Schmidt (SEI, right knee)
Your starters against OL Reign #HoldItDown pic.twitter.com/cUBj75v3CG— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) August 7, 2022
Your Starting XI | @HoustonDash— OL Reign (@OLReign) August 7, 2022
LET'S GOOO! #BoldTogether pic.twitter.com/Hc9H2m0E9K
16' - Pinoe goal!
.@mPinoe nets her first of the year and it's a beaut!@OLReign | #BoldTogether pic.twitter.com/NlZIPepLhZ— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) August 7, 2022
53’ - Ebony Salmon levels it on a penalty.
Make that 5️⃣ in 5️⃣ for @ebony_salmon!@HoustonDash | #HoldItDown pic.twitter.com/QXFP0jITQL— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) August 7, 2022
55’ - Furt. Ebony Salmon puts Houston up 2-1.
EBONY SALMON IS ON FIRE @ebony_salmon | #HoldItDown pic.twitter.com/5Ow9q0vTty— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) August 7, 2022
How to Watch
Date/Time: Sunday, August 7, 3 PM PT
Location: Lumen Field, Seattle
Streaming (US): Paramount+
Streaming (International): Twitch (search NWSLOfficial)
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