SEATTLE, WA– (club release) Reign FC players were back in action abroad as the W-League in Australia played their semifinal matches and the Frauen Bundesliga in Germany rounded out their thirteenth week. Here’s a look back at how Reign FC players fared in their most recent matches as well as a U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) update.
Australia – W-League
Kendall Fletcher, Lauren Barnes and Elli Reed met in the W-League semifinals as Canberra United and Melbourne Victory played to a 0-0 draw on December 13. Fletcher, Barnes and Reed each played the full 120 minutes for their respective sides and as neither team found a goal during overtime, the match was decided by a penalty shoot out. Barnes and Reed each buried their kicks, but a save by the Canberra United keeper gave the edge to the away team and Fletcher’s take put Canberra through to the finals.
All three Reign FC players have now completed their loans and will return to Seattle before the start of the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League season.
Germany – Frauen Bundesliga
Jess Fishlock and her side FFC Frankfurt found their form once again, defeating Duisburg 4-0 on December 14. Fishlock played the full 90 minutes in the victory and FFC Frankfurt now sit in fourth place with 28 points.
FFC Frankfurt will now turn their attention to their December 21 match against Bayern München in the DFB Pokal Women’s competition.
NATIONAL TEAM UPDATES:
U.S. Women’s National Team
The U.S. Women’s National Team opened play in the International Tournament of Brasilia on December 10, drawing 1-1 with China PR. Reign FC forward Sydney Leroux, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, and goalkeeper Hope Solo all started for the USWNT. Carli Lloyd scored in the 23rd minute following a low driven cross from Rapinoe and China equalized in the 67th minute.
On December 14, the USWNT played their second match of the tournament against Brazil, losing 2-3 at the hands of a Marta hat trick. Leroux, Rapinoe and Solo were once again in the starting line up for the US. Lloyd scored off a Tobin Heath assist in the sixth minute to get things going, followed by a rocket of a goal from Rapinoe just three minutes later.
Brazil were able to get one back before the half and possession swung between the two sides. Brazil then found their equalizer in the 55th minute before Marta completed her hat trick with the winning goal in the 65th minute.
Next up, the USWNT will face Argentina on December 17 at 1:20 p.m. PT. The final match of the round-robin tournament will take place on December 21. The top two teams will square off for the tournament championship while the bottom two countries will play for third place. The USA, Brazil and China PR will be participating in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer in Canada.
Frauen Bundesliga – DFB Pokal
FFC Frankfurt vs. Bayern München – Sunday, December 21
Stadion am Brentanobad, (11:00 a.m. CEST) 2:00 a.m. PT
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U.S. Women’s National Team
USWNT vs. Argentina – Wednesday, December 17
National Stadium Mane Garrincha, 1:20 p.m. PT
USWNT vs. TBD – Sunday, December 21
National Stadium Mane Garrincha, TBD
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