Reign FC travel to Boston Breakers Saturday (match preview)

reignfc-croppedSEATTLE, WA— (club release) This Saturday, Seattle Reign FC will visit the Boston Breakers for the first time this season. It is the club’s first road match of the 2017 NWSL season.

Kickoff is set for 4:00pm PT. Fans can watch the match through the go90 app, go90.com, or attend our away match viewing party at Atlantic Crossing Pub. 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 #BOSvSEA.

Reign FC’s (1-0-1, 4 points) previous match was a 5-1 win against the Houston Dash. The five goals came from five different Reign FC players, with Jessica Fishlock, Megan Rapinoe, Kristen McNabb, Beverly Yanez, and Katie Johnson finding the back of the net.

“We executed our game plan really well and we had some quality in the final third,” said Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “One of the things we’ve talked about as a group is being ruthless, and I felt that we were. We were really upset with the fact we conceded so late, which shows the mentality of this group currently. We want to try to perfect everything we can moving forward.”

boston_breakersReign FC hold an undefeated 9-0-1 record against the Breakers, with five of those wins coming on the road. The last meeting between the two squads resulted in a 2-0 win for Seattle at Memorial Stadium. Both goals came from Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, in her first match back with the club since 2014.

“The big thing for us is consistency,” said Harvey. “Even though it was a good performance against Houston it still wasn’t a complete performance, so there’s things we need to work on and things we need to be better at. Boston are going to come out fighting after their victory last weekend. I know Matt [Beard] well enough that I know his team will be organized and hard to break down.”

All-time, Seattle has scored 24 goals against the Breakers, while allowing only eight. The Reign FC offense currently leads the league in goals scored with six goals through two matches, and Rapinoe is the league leader in goals scored with two.

NWSL-Logo_no_text“Against Houston we really took our chances,” said Harvey. “We put them into pressure with our possession and then turned that possession into chances. We often try to score the perfect goal but I didn’t think any of them were perfect goals, they were just top-quality finishes. When you have the players we have higher up the field that’s the expectation we set.”

Boston is coming off their first win of the season, defeating Sky Blue FC 1-0. The lone goal in the match came from Natasha Dowie. No player as a member of the current Boston roster has ever scored against Reign FC.

Rookie midfielder Rose Lavelle got her first professional assist in the match, and will be matching up against NWSL’s Player of the Week, Fishlock.

“Her [Fishlock] and Rumi [Utsugi] did well with it being their first game together deeper in that midfield,” said Harvey. “The balance was good between them which enabled Jess to get higher up the field as well.”

Reign FC return to Memorial Stadium after a two-game road trip against Boston and Portland on Saturday, May 13th when they host the Washington Spirit. 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.

Reign FC Match Forecast presented by The Seattle Times.

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