SEATTLE – This Wednesday, Seattle Reign FC visit the Chicago Red Stars. This is the third and final match between the two teams in the 2017 NWSL regular season, and the second match at Toyota Park.
Wednesday’s kickoff is set for 5:00pm PT. Fans can watch the match through the go90 app, go90.com, NWSL app, or nwslsoccer.com. They can also follow live play-by-play of the match at Reign FC’s official Twitter page, @ReignFC, and can join the conversation using the hashtag #CHIvSEA.
Reign FC’s (6-5-6, 24 points) previous match resulted in their first home loss of the season, falling 2-1 to the first place North Carolina Courage. Despite the club’s then league-leading 15 match unbeaten streak at home coming to an end, Reign FC did extend their NWSL best home scoring streak to 27 consecutive matches.
“It was the best game we had against them, we competed well and I thought we were the better team over 90 minutes,” said Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “The second goal is something we’re disappointed about, because against a team like that put you under pressure with long balls and throws into the box and we have to make sure we get ourselves right on things like that.”
Chicago’s (8-4-5, 29 points) previous match also resulted in their first home loss of the season, with Portland Thorns FC defeating them 3-2 on Saturday. It was the second time since the start of last year that the Red Stars had conceded at least three goals at home, and just their second loss all-time at Toyota Park.
“It’s going to be a good game, with both teams coming off a loss,” said Harvey. “Chicago are tough at home, always have been, but we’ve got to go out there and believe we can put in a performance like we did at home against Chicago to get a result.”
This marks a dip in the Red Stars form this season, as they have won just one of their past five matches. Four of those matches were against teams in the top six of the NWSL table, which currently has three teams within six points of Chicago.
Currently in third place, the Red Stars have been strong at home this season, with a home record of 6-1-2. Chicago has the second most home wins in the NWSL, and is tied for the least home losses in the NWSL with Reign FC. The Red Stars also haven’t lost back-to-back home games since the 2013 season.
Despite an all-time record of 0-4-2 on the road against the Red Stars, Reign FC have earned points in two of their previous three matches against Chicago. Seattle will also be buoyed by the return of midfielder and co-captain Jessica Fishlock, who will be available for selection after missing Sunday’s match against North Carolina. Fishlock has scored once against the Red Stars.
“When we have Jess [Fishlock] in the team she leads by example and is a fantastic player that causes oppositions a real problem,” said Harvey. “Against Chicago it’s always about the midfield. If you can win that and compete there you have a chance of getting a result against them. If their midfield out battle you then they tend to win every game, so it will be an important matchup.”
In order to earn their first-ever road win against the Red Stars, Reign FC will need to find a way to score on the road. Just six of Reign FC’s 31 goals this season have come in road matches, matching the total number of road goals the club has scored all-time against Chicago.
One player that could provide an offensive spark is forward Larissa Crummer. After beginning the season on the disabled list, Crummer made her Reign FC and NWSL debut in Sunday’s match against the Courage.
“For Crummer it’s going to be a journey to getting her on the field fully,” said Harvey. “Now we’ve got to work out what her strengths are and how we can play to them. If we do that she’s going to be a real threat.”
Reign FC return to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, August 26th at 1:00pm PT when they host Austen Everett Foundation Day presented by Portage Bay Café and face Portland Thorns FC. Single match tickets and VIP experience packages are available. To purchase tickets, visit reignfc.com/tickets or call the Reign FC ticket office at (855) REIGN-FC.