SEATTLE, WA––(Reign release) This Saturday, Seattle Reign FC visit FC Kansas City for the first time this season. This is Reign FC’s first match back since the FIFA break in NWSL play, and they are looking to win at Kansas City for the first time in club history.
Kickoff is set for 5:00pm PT. The kickoff time for the match was moved back as part of an effort by the NWSL to ensure player and fan safety.
“Going out to Kansas with the kickoff time change is great for every club,” said Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “Competing in those conditions was crazy hard work. But now, with the new stipulations in place, we can go out there and know we can give it everything we’ve got.”
Fans can watch the match through the go90 app, go90.com, NWSL app, nwslsoccer.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 #KCvSEA.
Reign FC’s (3-2-3, 12 points) previous match was a 1-0 loss against the Chicago Red Stars. Seattle has never won on the road against Chicago, and the result ended a two match undefeated streak on the road and a four match undefeated streak overall.
“Going into the break being disappointed was a bit better for us than maybe being in a place where we felt we were good,” said Harvey. “We’ve come back and really wanted to work hard on the things we haven’t been great at. As long as we have that mentality I think we’ll always be okay. The training sessions we’ve had the past week have been excellent. I think it’s put us in a great mindset leading into the Kansas game.”
Saturday’s match ends a streak of three straight road matches for Seattle. So far this season, Reign FC have a road record of 1-2-1 and have allowed six goals while only scoring four.
“Getting points on the road is always important,” said Harvey. “For me any point you get on the road takes the pressure off your home form. Our mentality when we go on the road is that any points we can get on the road are a bonus. We want to put on a performance that we’re proud of.”
Reign FC have an all-time regular season record of 3-5-3 against FC Kansas City. Seattle has never won on the road against Kansas City, going 0-3-3 all-time. Last season, Reign FC earned a point in a 0-0 draw at Swope Soccer Village, in their only road match against FC Kansas City in 2016.
“Going there is always difficult,” said Harvey. “There’s always great games between us and Kansas, always have been. They’re an opposition that I have the utmost respect for. We suit each other in the way that we try and play, so I think it will be a great game.”
Kansas City (3-3-2, 11 points) is coming off a 2-0 loss against the league-leading North Carolina Courage. FC Kansas City is currently undefeated at home, with a 2-0-2 record at Children’s Mercy Victory Field.
“We always love playing Kansas City,” said Reign FC co-captain and defender Lauren Barnes. “We play a similar style of soccer, so you know we’re going to get a football game which is always really fun to play in and to watch. We just have to kind of really focus on ourselves and I think if we do that, we’ll be able to beat them.”
Reign FC return to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, June 24th when they host Pride Night presented by Carter Subaru and face FC Kansas City. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm and can be seen on the go90 app or go90.com. 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.