[caption id="attachment_39270" align="alignright" width="480"] A crowd of 2,618 watches Seattle Reign FC's first home game.[/caption]A crowd of 2,618 turned out tonight to watch Seattle Reign FC’s inaugural home game at Starfire Sports Stadium.
But most went home disappointed as a Kansas City goal in the 69th minute stood up for a 1-0 victory.
Here's some overview reaction from coach Laura Harvey:
“I’m not saying we deserved to win it, but I don’t think we deserved to lose it. I thought the crowd was great, and I thought it was a really good atmosphere. … But for the players, that’s the one I think that hurt the most for them, because I think they thought they deserved a little bit more. Football is a horrible game.”
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And from owner Bill Predmore:
“I was super-happy (with the crowd). We had a great turnout. It felt full. I think people had a good time. That’s what we wanted; and from luck or design, I think it worked out.”The winning play started around Kansas City’s own penalty box. FCKC then strung passes together a series of passes down the right side before the attack culminated with a Becky Sauerbrunn pass to Renae Cuellar, who finished strongly from in front of Reign goalkeeper Michelle Betos.
The result dropped Seattle to 0-3-1 on the season, while Kansas City climbed to 2-0-1.
The announced attendance was about 1,100 short of Starfire capacity without some of the bleacher seating and standing room that MLS’ Sounders FC uses for U.S. Open Cup matches there.
Many fans were waiting in line before the gates opened an hour before the first kick. Some awaited the start by checking the Reign merchandise booth. Once the game began, they were generous in their support of the home team.
That generosity was tested as possession and best chances tilted heavily to the visitors, who had beaten the Reign 2-0 the week before in Kansas City.
The Reign goes back on the road next Saturday, visiting Sky Blue FC of New Jersey.69th minute:
GOAL Kansas City. Possession started at own penalty box and and they strung passes together acoss the field until Becky Sauerbrunn found Renae Cuellar, who finished from short range.
Second half: ... has begun.
Halftime: Scoreless. Better chances to Kansas City. However, the crowd has been supportive and seems to be having a good time.
Shots 8-7 KC; on goal 4-2, KC.
First kick: We're under way at Starfire Sports Stadium.
Lineup: For Seattle (no positions listed): Betos; Barnes, Zurrer; Nairn;, Winters, Reed, Fishlock, Deines, Kyle; Cameron, Larsen. Reserves: Kopmeyer; Ruiz Williams, Frederick; Patterson, Bogus, Meier, Noyola; Taylor, Dallstream.
Anticipated attendance: We're told the club is expecting between 2,700-3,000 attendance tonight in stadium with 3,800 capacity.