The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the schedule of home openers for the 2015 regular season. The season opener will feature the Houston Dash hosting the Washington Spirit on Friday, April 10 at BBVA Compass Stadium, kicking off a 20-game schedule.
On opening weekend in the NWSL, six of the nine clubs in the league will begin their respective campaigns starting on Saturday, April 11 with Portland Thorns FC against Boston Breakers and continuing on Sunday, April 12 with Seattle Reign FC vs. the Western New York Flash. The defending NWSL Champions FC Kansas City will complete Week 1 action by hosting Sky Blue FC on a soon to be determined date.
In Week 2, the Chicago Red Stars host Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC takes on the Houston Dash and Washington Spirit face off against FC Kansas City on Saturday, April 18. The final two home openers will feature Boston Breakers vs. Houston Dash on Sunday, April 26 and the Western New York Flash against the Boston Breakers on Saturday, May 2.
The NWSL will take brief 12-day break during the group stages of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. The 2015 regular season will then culminate on the weekend of September 5-6 and be followed by the playoffs, including two semifinal matches on the weekend of September 12-13 with the championship match scheduled for the weekend of September 26-27.
Additional information on times for these games and others will be revealed in the coming weeks as part of the complete 2015 regular season schedule announcement.
Dates and matchups for the 2015 home openers are below (home teams listed first). All matches subject to change
Friday, April 10 Houston Dash vs. Washington Spirit (BBVA Compass Stadium)
Saturday, April 11 Portland Thorns FC vs. Boston Breakers (Providence Park)
Sunday, April 12 Seattle Reign FC vs. Western New York Flash (Memorial Stadium)
To Be Determined FC Kansas City vs. Sky Blue FC (TBD)
Saturday, April 18 Chicago Red Stars vs. Seattle Reign FC (Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex) Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Dash (Yurcak Field) Washington Spirit vs. FC Kansas City (Maryland SoccerPlex)
Sunday, April 26 Boston Breakers vs. Houston Dash (Harvard University)
Saturday, May 2 Western New York Flash vs. Boston Breakers (Sahlen's Stadium)
The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women's professional soccer league featuring national team players from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The nine clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.
Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league's official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.
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Seattle Reign FC will kick off the team’s highly anticipated third season at 4 p.m. PST on Sunday, April 12 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium against Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash.
The match will mark the seventh time that Reign FC have faced Western New York in the NWSL regular season and the first time the clubs will face each other in the opening game of the season. Reign FC went 2-0-1 against WNY last season and has an all-time record of 3-1-2 against the club.
Reign FC is 1-0-1 all-time in NWSL regular season openers, including a 3-0 home win over the Boston Breakers in 2014. Reign FC managed a 1-1 draw on the road against the Chicago Red Stars in the 2013 opener.
In 2014, Reign FC went 8-0-4 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium during the regular season, including the 2014 comeback win against the Washington Spirit in the semifinal round of the NWSL playoffs. Reign FC is unbeaten in 13 matches on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
On the opening weekend in the NWSL, six of the nine clubs in the league will begin their respective campaigns, starting on Friday, April 10 with Houston Dash taking on the Washington Spirit, and continuing on Saturday, April 11 with Portland Thorns FC against Boston Breakers.
As with each NWSL team, Reign FC will play 20 NWSL regular season matches during the 2015 season, with 10 at home and 10 on the road. Full times, opponents, and broadcast information for these games will be announced at a later date.
The NWSL will take a brief 12 day break during the group stages of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.
The 2015 regular season will then culminate in the middle of September and be followed by the playoffs, including two semifinal matches on the weekend of September 12-13 with the championship match scheduled on the weekend of September 26-27 to avoid potential FIFA dates.
Season tickets for Reign FC’s third season are now available for purchase at www.ReignFC.com. Pricing for the full season starts at just $195.00.