SEATTLE, WA— (club release) This Saturday, Seattle Reign FC will visit rivals Portland Thorns FC for the first time this season. It is the only match between the two teams at Providence Park, with the final two meetings set for Memorial Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7:00pm 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 #PORvSEA.
Reign FC’s (1-1-1, 4 points) previous match was a 3-0 loss to the Boston Breakers in their first road match of the season. It was the club’s first-ever loss to the Breakers, making Seattle’s all-time record 9-1-1 against Boston.
“We have to respond and there’s no better opponent than Portland for that,” said Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “We knew it wasn’t good enough for us. There were things in the game that were really positive but when you allow goals like we did and don’t put goals in the back of the net, it’s always going to be tough.”
It was the last match in April for Reign FC, ending the month with a 1-1-1 record and four points. It is the club’s highest point total in the month of April since the 2014 NWSL Shield winning season.
“We’ve got to build on what we’ve done in April,” said Harvey. “We had the grit and determination to get a draw, the great performance for an emphatic win, and then a really disappointing performance in Boston. The learning curve we needed we’ve had. Inconsistency was the issue for us last year and we can’t allow it to be an issue this year.”
All-time, Seattle has outscored Portland 16 to 11. The Reign FC offense currently leads the league in goals scored with six goals through three matches. A win on Saturday would even the all-time series between Seattle and Portland at 6-6-2. Reign FC’s record at Providence Park is 2-4-1.
“It’s one of best places to go and play,” said Harvey. “The rivalry between the two teams adds an extra spice to that as well. That’s what we play the game for, is to be involved in environments like that.”
Portland is coming off a 1-0 victory against the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime. The lone goal in the match came from a Nadia Nadim penalty kick. Nadim is Thorns FC’s second leading goalscorer all-time against Reign FC, behind only Christine Sinclair.
“These are the games in the schedule that you pick out as ones you want to be part of,” said Harvey. “There’s a great rivalry and great respect between the two teams. We know if we stick to the game plan, we always believe we can get a result down there.”
Reign FC return to Memorial Stadium 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.
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About Seattle Reign FC
Seattle Reign FC is one of ten teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. The two-time winner of the NWSL Shield, Reign FC features world-class talent from around the world, including USWNT superstar Megan Rapinoe. Reign FC plays its home matches at Memorial Stadium, located in the shadow of the Space Needle on the Seattle Center campus. For more information about Reign FC please visit www.reignfc.com.