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Reign on road looking to extend unbeaten run

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Seattle Reign FC (13-0-3, 42 pts) will try to extend its undefeated streak to a league-record 17 games on Saturday, July 12, as they take on the Chicago Red Stars (6-6-4, 22 pts) at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill. The match kicks off at 5 p.m. (PT) with a live, high-definition webstream available at YouTube.com/NWSL. Reign FC is coming off a 3-2 victory over the Boston Breakers at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium on Sunday, with three second-half goals — including two by forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, who was named NWSL Player of the Week for her efforts — leading Seattle to the win.

After trailing 1-0 at halftime, Seattle evened the scoring in the 55th minute, when a cross into the box from defender Stephanie Cox found Naho, who buried one past goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

Seattle took its first lead of the game in the 76th minute, after Scottish international Kim Little pressured the Boston backline into conceding an own goal. However, the Breakers would answer just two minutes later, with forward Katie Schoepfer ripping a shot past Solo on the far post from just outside the box for the equalizer.

In the 83rd minute, Seattle would retake the lead for good, with midfielder Jessica Fishlock driving through the Boston backline to find Naho, who would again shoot one past Naeher for the game winner.

On the defensive side, goalkeeper Hope Solo allowed two goals for just the third time this season, and now holds a goals against average of 0.923.

The victory was Reign FC’s sixth in its last seven games, and gave them a new league-record 42 points with eight regular-season matches left to play. Seattle is nine points ahead of second-place FC Kansas City, and 19 points clear of the third-place Western New York Flash and Washington Spirit.

Chicago is coming off a 1-1 draw with Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday. Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc is third in the NWSL with a 1.00 goals against average. Forward Jen Hoy leads the team with four goals, while midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo and forward Adriana Leon are tied for the team-lead in assists with three apiece. Lori Chalupny is the lone Red Star to start every one of the team’s 16 games.

Saturday’s match is the second of three regular season matches between Seattle and Chicago. On June 7, Seattle knocked off the Red Stars 3-2, with two penalty kick conversions by Little, and a goal from forward Sydney Leroux leading Seattle to the win.

The two sides will meet again on Sunday, July 20 at Memorial Stadium. That game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start time.

Visit ReignFC.com or call (855) REIGN-FC for details on single match tickets. Seats start at $19.

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