Seattle Reign FC will look to stretch their unbeaten streak to seven games as they face FC Kansas City for the fourth time this season on Saturday, July 20 at 5:35 p.m. PT at Shawnee Mission District Stadium in Overland Park, KS.
After starting the season with only one point in their first 10 games, Seattle (4-9-3, 15 pts.) has completely turned their inaugural National Women’s Soccer League campaign around, winning four out of their last six games while going unbeaten during that stretch. Based on their recent performances Seattle now sits at number one in the NWSL Power Rankings. With the return of midfielder Megan Rapinoe, as well as the acquisitions of forward Jessica McDonald from Chicago and forward Renae Cuéllar from FC Kansas City, Seattle is getting closer to the final playoff spot, only nine points behind fourth place Western New York with seven games left in the season. “We are really pleased with our results over our last six games,” said Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey. “The results are starting to match our good performances that we had at the beginning of the season, but we still have a long way to go.”
Rapinoe has added creativity in Seattle’s final third, which seemed to be missing in the first half of the season, netting two goals in the last six games and being a catalyst for many of Reign FC’s scoring opportunities.
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“Megan is Megan,” said Reign FC midfielder Jess Fishlock. “She adds that quality, gives us a little bit more confidence, and scares other teams. We don’t change the way we play, and that’s the beauty of Megan coming to our side - she has come in and has been able to start straight away.” McDonald has also added firepower to the line-up, scoring three goals since joining the club. However, perhaps the most impressive player for Reign FC has been their first round pick in the 2013 NWSL College Draft, Christine Nairn.
The midfielder from Penn State has recorded nine points over the last six games with two goals and five assists, including Seattle’s first ever game-winning goal, on the road against the Boston Breakers on June 26.
Seattle will be on the road to play FC Kansas City (7-4-5, 26 pts.) for their Saturday night matchup. FC Kansas City, who now sit third in the NWSL standings, has beaten Seattle in their three previous meetings (0-2, 0-1 and 0-1), while Seattle has yet to score a goal against FCKC. The match against FC Kansas City will be streamed live on YouTube and will be available on-demand within 48 hours of the match by visiting the NWSL channel at www.YouTube.com/NWSL. Seattle will return home for one of their last two home matches of the season on Thursday, July 25 as they take on the Chicago Red Stars at 7 p.m. PST at the Moda Health Pitch at Starfire Stadium. Prices for single match tickets are $26 for Grandstand Premium seating, $22 for Grandstand seating and $19 for Bleacher seating. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ReignFC.com.