SEATTLE (May 1, 2015) — Seattle Reign FC (1-2-0, 3 pts) will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday, May 2, with a rematch of last season’s NWSL semifinals against the Washington Spirit (2-1-0, 6 pts). Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. PT on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium, with a live, high-definition webstream available atYouTube.com/NWSL.
After a 5-1 win against the Western New York Flash to start the season on April 12, Seattle has lost two straight road matches by one-goal margins.
A stoppage time goal propelled the Chicago Red Stars past Seattle 3-2 on April 18, with a 1-0 defeat against FC Kansas City five days later.
Washington lost its first match of the season — a 1-0 road defeat against Houston — but has won its last two games. The Spirit posted victories both their home opener against FCKC on April 18, and a road tilt with Sky Blue FC last Sunday by 3-1 margins.
Most of last year’s playoff roster returns for Washington, but the team will be without several key contributors as national teams ramp up for this June’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Ali Krieger are both with the U.S. Women’s National Team, while Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson is out as she recovers from a knee injury suffered last October with the hope of being ready for June.
With that trio out, defender Crystal Dunn and a pair of Mexican internationals in defender Arianna Romero — who was acquired in an offseason trade with Houston — and midfielder Veronica Perez will lead the Spirit on Saturday.
Several new additions also joined the fold for 2015, with the team adding a pair of forwards with international experience in Argentinian Estefania Banini and Nigerian Francisca Ordega. Defender Katherine Reynolds and midfielder Angela Salem were also added to the roster in a trade with the Western New York Flash.
A trio of defenders were selected in the draft: UCLA’s Megan Oyster and Caprice Dydasco, and Penn State’s Whitney Church. Banini, Reynolds, Oyster, and midfielders Tori Huster and Christine Nairn have started all three of team’s games this season.
Last season, Seattle posted a 3-0-1 record against the Spirit. Midfielders Jessica Fishlock and Keelin Winters, and defender Kendall Fletcher scored in a 3-1 victory on April 23 in Seattle, with Fishlock scoring again in a 2-1 win on the road two weeks later.
The two sides played to a 1-1 draw on August 9, with Scottish international Kim Little scoring a goal off the bench, with Seattle notching a 2-1 win in the NWSL Semifinals on August 24. Goals from Little and forward Megan Rapinoe propelled Reign FC in that matchup.
For details on single match tickets, visit ReignFC.com or call (855) REIGN-FC. Great seats start at just $19. Fans who can’t make it the match can download the official, free Reign FC app here to watch every match live via YouTube the iPhone.
About Seattle Reign FC:
Seattle Reign FC is one of nine teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. The NWSL is the premier women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as talent from around the world. Seattle Reign FC train and host home matches at Memorial Stadium, located in the shadow of the Space Needle next to the Seattle Center. For more information on the club visit ReignFC.com or call 855-REIGNFC.
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