On Sunday afternoon, OL Reign (4-2-1) kick off a four-match regular-season homestand when they host NJ/NY Gotham FC (4-2-1) at Lumen Field. The match begins at 3 PM PT and will stream for free on CBS Sports Golazo, along with streaming on Paramount+ for fans in the U.S. and the NWSL website for international viewers.
OL Reign fell 1-0 to the North Carolina Courage on the road last weekend, while Gotham was outplayed by Orlando but held on for a scoreless draw.
This is the second time the two sides are meeting in the regular season. OL Reign traveled to New Jersey on April 1 and earned a 2-0 win. But this Gotham side has evolved since then, and OL Reign will need to work to get a similar scoreline on Sunday.
Olivia Van der Jagt is back for the Reign, while Quinn got some meaningful minutes against North Carolina last weekend. Midge Purce remains out for Gotham.
What to Watch
- Gotham’s press: Gotham closes down on their opponents quickly and their backline presses high. That means there is space in behind if the Reign can move the ball quickly. How do they handle the press?
- Home field advantage: It should be a good crowd at Lumen Field, and the Reign are 3-0-0 at home to start the season. Can they keep the winning streak going?
- Lynn Williams: Gotham acquired Lynn Williams in a trade with Kansas City, and she’s been on somewhat of a revenge tour this year. She’s scored six goals in all competitions.
Injury / Availability Report
OUT: Angelina (SEI – knee), Rose Lavelle (leg), Phoebe McClernon (D45 – back)
OUT: Michelle Betos (hand), Imani Dorsey (excused absence), Midge Purce (hip), Taryn Torres (SEI – knee)
⚽// @OLReign vs @GothamFC (6PM ET)#PRO | #NWSL | #ReignSupreme | #YERRRR pic.twitter.com/uZDHtjk1Cm— PRO (@PROreferees) May 21, 2023
Your Starting XI NJNY Gotham FC— OL Reign (@OLReign) May 21, 2023
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Your #RGNvsNJNY XI. pic.twitter.com/BjCDDFMvrL— NJ/NY Gotham FC (@GothamFC) May 21, 2023
GOAL: REIGN 0 - GOTHAM 1, 10’, rookie Jenna Nighswonger scores a banger from distance that hits the far netting, just past PTJ’s outstretched arms.
JENNA NIGHSWONGER FROM DISTANCE pic.twitter.com/826gd86iOn— Attacking Third (@AttackingThird) May 21, 2023
GOAL: REIGN 0 - GOTHAM 2, 12’, Lynn Williams capitalizes on a giveway from Lu Barnes and is able to beat PTJ on a breakaway.
What better way to celebrate your 30th birthday than with a goal— Attacking Third (@AttackingThird) May 21, 2023
Lynn Williams doubles @GothamFC lead! pic.twitter.com/dVQfoROrcU
GOAL - REIGN 0 - GOTHAM 3, 37’, Gotham work right through the middle of the Reign defense and Taylor Smith puts it away.
THE BATS ARE UP 3-0— Attacking Third (@AttackingThird) May 21, 2023
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GOAL - REIGN 0 - GOTHAM 4, 73’, Bruninha takes advantage of a mistake by Latsko and fires it past Tullis-Joyce.
Bruninha with the steal and the goal— Attacking Third (@AttackingThird) May 21, 2023
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GOAL - REIGN 1 - GOTHAM 4, 77’, Huitema cleans up a mess in the box caused by Elyse Bennett, for the Reign’s first goal of the afternoon.
OL Reign finally got their goal, thanks to @JordynHuitema pic.twitter.com/vjORVKFnu8— Attacking Third (@AttackingThird) May 21, 2023
How to Watch
Date/Time: Sunday, May 21, 3 PM PT
Location: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA
Streaming: CBS Sports Golazo (free), Paramount+ (U.S.), TSN+ (Canada), NWSLSoccer.com (International), DAZN (certain countries)
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