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FC Kansas City Finds Victory in Final Road Trip of the Season

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September 25, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)FC Kansas City

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Seattle, WASHINGTON – FC Kansas City earned three points in their final road trip of the 2017 season, defeating the Seattle Reign 1-0 on Sunday evening in front of nearly 5,000 fans at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington. Shea Groom scored the game’s only goal in the 23^rd minute off an assist from Sydney Leroux.

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Although the team had been eliminated from playoff contention in it’s last match, FC Kansas City head coach Vlatko Andonovski knew his team would continue to play at a high level to finish their season.

Much like the two NWSL Championship games between these two teams, Andonovski started his team in a defensive mindset. Seattle controlled as much as 74% of the possession in the first 20 minutes, however, they only had four shots, with none of them being on target.

The Blues jumped on their first chance of the night. In the 23^rd minute, following a Reign attack, the Blues were able to clear the ball from danger where Leroux was able to jump on it. The veteran forward laid off a perfect pass through the Seattle defense just as Groom ran parallel to their back line. She beat the defense to the pass and only needed one touch to place the ball to the back corner of the net.

The Groom goal gave the Blues a 1-0 lead they would take into the halftime break.

In the second half, The Blues refused to sit in a defensive shell while Seattle tried to preserve their season. They actually outshot the Reign 7-6 in the period. Groom and Leroux would continue to work together to put pressure on the Seattle defense while captain Becky Sauerbrunn was able to clean up any offensive chances the Reign tried to muster.

Brittany Kolmel (nee Taylor) made her first appearance since getting married two weeks ago. She entered the match in the 65^th minute. Rookie Sydney Miramontez, who had started in Kolmel’s traditional outside back position, moved to center back and gave veteran Yael Averbuch a much needed rest.

The fresh legs of Kolmel certainly helped to withstand the final Seattle push, but in the end, the Blues were able to hold on to their 1-0 victory.

FC Kansas City (8-9-6, 30pts) will now return home for the final game of the 2017 season. The team will host the Houston Dash at 5:00 p.m. CT on October 1^st at Swope Soccer Village. The team, in cooperation with the Hand in Iand Hurricane Relief Fund, will be helping to raise funds for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma at the match. A special silent auction will be held, offering game-used merchandise to potential fans.

For tickets or information about the final match, visit FCKansasCity.com.

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Chicago Clinches Playoffs After 3-2 Victory in Houston

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September 24, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Chicago Red Stars

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CHICAGO – The Red Stars clinched a spot in the NWSL Playoffs as they defeated the Houston Dash 3-2. Jen Hoy found her second goal of the year, while Casey notched her first and Christen Press tallied her 11^th.

The Red Stars took control of the match early on, receiving multiple chances in the first 10 minutes, however it was moments later that Chicago took the lead.

After a Chicago throw in, Short dribbled toward the end line and crossed it into the box. Hoy would time the ball perfectly and headed it toward the net, but Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell made a stealthy save. Falling back into the goal, Campbell was no longer able to grab the ball, giving Hoy the rebound to tap it in for a 1-0 lead.

In her first start after sitting four games due to a concussion, Vanessa DiBernardo sent a corner kick to the far post in the 20^th minute. Campbell came off her line for the save, but fumbled the ball. Short picked up the rebound and struck it into the upper netting at a tough angle for her first goal of the season.

Just moments later, midfielder Julie Ertz found herself battling inside the Red Stars final third that resulted in a penalty kick. Amber Brooks stepped up and calmly scored past a diving Alyssa Naeher.

Chicago would regain their two goal lead in second half stoppage time as Houston received a hand ball inside the box. Captain Press neatly placed the ball into the back of the net for her fourth penalty kick goal this season, and became the Red Stars leading goal scorer in a single season with 11 goals. Chicago finished the half up, 3-1.

As the second half was proving to show little action, the Dash was able to narrow the scoreline as Rachel Daly headed a ball over the outstretched hands of Naeher, bringing the score 3-2.

Chicago found themselves down a player in the final minutes of the match as substitute Yuki Nagasato received a red card for a foul on Daly, just three minutes onto the field. The Red Stars would work together defensively to secure the 3-2 victory and sealed a spot in the NWSL Playoffs for the third-straight year.

Chicago will head to Portland for their final game of regular season to take on the Thorns. The game will kick off on Saturday, September 30, at 2:30 p.m. CT, and will be broadcast live as Lifetime’s Game of the Week.

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Ali Krieger and Orlando Pride Take on Allie Long and Portland Thorns FC on Saturday in the Game of t

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September 23, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Orlando Pride

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Ali Krieger and Orlando Pride take on Allie Long and Portland Thorns FC on Saturday in the Game of the Week on Lifetime

Week in Review:

Courage, Thorns in contention for NWSL Shield After being in first place for most of the season, the North Carolina Courage (15-6-0, 45 points) have a chance to lock up the NWSL Shield this week.

Playoff Picture: Win and in for Red Stars, Pride Two teams in the playoffs. Two teams left to go. Only eleven NWSL regular season games remain.

How They Got Here: North Carolina Courage The North Carolina Courage are 15-6-0 and in first place with 45 points heading into Week 21 when they visit Sky Blue FC on Sunday (6 p.m. ET).

Heath, Lavelle return; Morgan brace leads U.S. to 5-0 win vs. New Zealand Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle returned. Alex Morgan scored twice. The United States women’s national team topped New Zealand 5-0 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Tuesday night.

Highlights & Results: NWSL players on international duty As the NWSL took a break for international games, here’s a quick at look at the results.

NWSL announces dates and times for the 2017 Playoffs The NWSL announced last week that the 2017 NWSL Championship will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

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Sporting KC Defeat NY Red Bulls 2-1 to Collect 2017 U.S. Open Cup Crown

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September 21, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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SPORTING KC DEFEATS NY RED BULLS 2-1 TO COLLECT 2017 U.S. OPEN CUP CROWN

Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi Goals Lift SKC to Third Open Cup Crown Under Head Coach Peter Vermes and Fourth Overall

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept. 20, 2017) – Sporting Kansas City kept alive their

e16075c7b6179031af2f2317afb82427c444b8a1462f082bed33dae6c6c2528bde93ad654 perfect record in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Finals, beating New York Red Bulls 2-1 to claim their fourth crown in this the 104th installment of U.S. Soccer’s club championship. In front of a huge home crowd of 21,523 (third-largest in the history of Children’s Mercy Park), Peter Vermes’ SKC were in control from the start, and goals from Latif Blessing and substitute Daniel Salloi were enough to give the home team, and their boisterous fans, yet another night to savor.

The first-half proved that the pre-game

promises of a wide-open Final that came from both sides were more than just empty advertising. Inside the 3rd minute, Gerso Fernandes latched onto a clever diagonal pass from Roger Espinoza and snuck in behind a flat Red Bull defense. Only a last-ditch tackle from Aaron Long kept the home side from carving out an early lead.

The pattern repeated itself on the ten-minute mark, with the speedy Gerso racing in from the right side and collecting the ball again from the foraging Espinoza. This time, though, the live-wire attacker made the wrong choice. Instead of pulling the trigger from a tight angle, he tried to lay the ball back across the box for the onrushing Benny Feilhaber. The noisy section behind the goal, the one they call the Claudron, responded with a groan before promptly getting back to drumming, chanting and general merry-making.

Bradley Wright-Phillips plowed a lone furrow for himself in attack at the other end. But even all on his own, the English-born striker was a threat not to be underestimated. His first effort to get on the end of a long ball saw him stray into an offside position. The next time, Matt Besler bundled him over. But the time after that, in the 13th minute, BWP forced SKC keeper Tim Melia to stretch to his limits and punch clear at the last possible second. The goalkeeper, who only allowed one goal in four games leading up to the Final, wasn’t off the hook yet. Sacha Kljestan, Red Bulls captain, got hold of the clearance and fired low with his right foot, forcing Melia into another fingertip save.

It was the Red Bulls turn to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Shortly after their captain made Melia work, U.S. youth international and native New Yorker Tyler Adams tried his luck from the edge of the box too. Melia, again, was equal to the task with a fine low save.

But all that good work proved a false dawn for the New Yorkers. In the 25th minute, the roof flew off Children’s Mercy Park when Latif Blessing – the shortest and slightest player on the pitch – rose highest to meet Graham Zusi’s inch-perfect cross from the right to make it 1-0 for the home team. Ryan Meara got a glove to the shot, but the effort only had eyes for the net.

In the venerable tradition of the best cup finals, the game developed a physical edge. It straddled the line between tough and nasty. Every loose ball was challenged and every player on the pitch, even the darlings like SKC schemer Benny Feilhaber and New York’s elegant Kljestan, went hell for leather into tackles and 50-50 balls.

In the 41st minute, the diminutive Blessing was at it again. This time he hustled and harried to win the ball deep in his own half before sending a curling ball 60 yards up the field to pick out the flying Gerso. The man from Guinea-Bissau was all alone and bearing down on goal. A tug of the shirt from Adams and a charge from Meara, who stood in for regular No.1 Luis Robles for every minute of the Red Bulls’ 2017 Open Cup campaign, was enough to throw off Gerso’s shot and keep the game alive.

Having turned the contest on its ear with a goal and no shortage of lively play, it was a sad sight to see Blessing limp off two minutes from the interval with an injury. There was the sense he had more to offer the game with his guile and pace. Tempers flared on the stroke of half-time with both sets of player agitated over tight calls and even tighter no-calls.

The second-half picked up right where the first let off, with both sides fighting for every ball. Sporting Kansas City, with a 1-0 lead to comfort them, didn’t need to take any chances. Vermes strengthened the midfield by bringing on Jimmy Medranda for Gerso, almost daring the Red Bulls to push into attack.

But before the visitors even had a chance to mount a charge, Sporting KC doubled their lead in the 66th minute. Feilhaber collected the ball out wide on the left and used his fly’s-eye vision to curl a pass in for Salloi, the substitute from Hungary who came on to replace opening goal-scorer Blessing. Meara hesitated before racing off his line and found himself in no-man’s land by the time the wispy Salloi stretched to poke the ball home to a roar of delight from the elated Kansas City crowd. They could sense a fourth Open Cup crown was on the cards for their heroes.

And so it was to be. Despite a late Wright-Phillips consolation goal in injury time, the 2-1 result earns Sporting Kansas City $250,000 dollars in prize money and a place in the CONCACAF Champions League, the competition which sends CONCACAF’s representative to the annual FIFA Club World Cup. But all of that is gravy for later, as the night and its celebrations, both in the stands and down on the pitch, were what it was all about. It was a fitting end to another unforgettable Open Cup.

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FC Kansas City Battles to Scoreless Draw

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September 10, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)FC Kansas City

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FC KANSAS CITY BATTLES TO SCORELESS DRAW

KANSAS CITY (September 9, 2017) – FC Kansas City’s playoff hopes came to an end Saturday afternoon as they played to a scoreless draw against the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL Lifetime Game of the Week. The match, as a whole, was a midfield battle with each side creating chances, but neither finishing.

FC Kansas City vs Chicago Red Stars Game Stats

Chicago’s first opportunity came off a corner kick in the 14th minute. Red Stars midfielder Danny Colaprico crossed the ball into the box, but defender Sydney Miramontez got her head on the pass to clear it away from danger. Miramontez, signed to the team midway through the season, was making her first career start as an outside back.

The Blues’ first chance came when midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta was fouled by Chicago defender Sam Johnson right outside the box. Defender Yael Averbuch stepped up to take the free kick, but it was blocked by the wall and went out for a goal kick.

Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart came up with a great save in the 23rd minute. After forward Shea Groom fouled Red Stars defender Casey Short, Colaprico crossed the ball in to the box, but the header fell to Barnhart who smothered it.

Each side had a few close moments during the remainder of the first half, but neither team could convert their shots into goals.

The first shot on goal, for either side, came in the 47th minute after a Miramontez cross was misplayed and landed at the feet of Groom who tried her luck from outside the box. Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was able to move across the goalmouth quickly and come up with the save.

Barnhart came up big for her side in the 55th minute as well. Chicago took a corner kick that found its way to the feet of forward Sofia Huerta, but the Blues’ goalkeeper came up with the point-blank save.

The entire defensive back line stood strong in the 70th minute after Chicago forward Christen Press dribbled end line to try and cross. Sauerbrunn came in with a sliding tackle to break up the attack and was fouled hard for her efforts.

In the 83rd minute, FC Kansas City earned a corner kick with some good work by Groom to get end line and force a deflection. In the 87th minute, the Blues earned another corner. Miramontez crossed the ball into the box and to Kelly’s head, but Naeher came up with the save.

FCKC had one last chance at the end of the match to put one away as midfielder Desiree Scott chipped the ball to Leroux. The veteran forward took a half-volley shot off her chest, but the ball went just over the crossbar.

FC Kansas City will earn a point in the standings for the draw, however he tied score ends their chance at any postseason opportunities.

FC Kansas City will be able to rest this week as the NWSL takes a break for the FIFA International Window. Becky Sauerbrunn and the U.S. Women’s National Team will play a pair of friendlies against Katie Bowen and the New Zealand National Team this week.

When NWSL action picks up again, the Blues will be on the road as they take on the Seattle Reign Sunday September 23 at 8 p.m. CT. The match can be streamed on go90.com or the go90 app which is available on for both iOS and Android platforms.

NWSL Match Report

Match: FC Kansas City vs Chicago Red Stars

Date: September 9, 2017

Venue: Swope Soccer Village, Kansas City, MO

Kickoff: 2:50 p.m. CT

Weather: 90, Sunny

Scoring

Scoring Summary

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Lineups:

FC Kansas City: Barnhart, Moros, Averbuch, Sauerbrunn ©, Miramontez, Gibbons, Scott, LaBonta (Ratcliffe 74′), Bowen (Kelly 56′), Groom, Leroux

Substitutes Not Used: Tymrak, Flynn, Newfield, Parkhill

Chicago Red Stars: Naeher, Johnson, Naughton, Gilliland, Short, Ertz, Huerta (Mautz 86′), Colaprico, Brian (Comeau 57′), Nagasato (McCaffrey 77′), Press ©

Substitutes Not Used: Hoy, Gorden, Kaskie, Dalton

FC Kansas City is a founding member and proud two-time champion of the National Women’s Soccer League. Fans can keep up-to-date on the most recent club news by following the Blues’ official Twitter account (@FCKansasCity).

–FCKansasCity.com–

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Orlando Pride Match against Seattle Reign FC Moved to Thursday Evening

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September 6, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO (Sept. 6, 2017) – Due to Hurricane Irma, the Orlando Pride match against Seattle Reign FC, originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. ET, at Orlando City Stadium. The match will follow Orlando City B’s match against the Richmond Kickers, which has been moved to 4:30 p.m. ET at Orlando City Stadium.

The NWSL, in consultation with the Orlando Pride and Seattle Reign FC, will continue to closely monitor the weather forecasts until the match and will make any necessary changes to ensure the safety of the players, staff and fans.

Tickets to the Pride’s match for Saturday will be honored at Orlando City Stadium gates on Thursday. Fans are invited to stay for both matches. Seating for OCB’s match is general admission, while Pride ticket holders will have access to their purchased seats. Fans interested in purchasing tickets for either match can visit e7bd95b9de3a7cc8d00188070fd8f65c17c2b93c07b95fbff9a3ef4bd3260b81c60ae6791 orlandocitysc.com or call (855) ORL-CITY.

The Pride vs. Reign FC match will be available live on the go90 and NWSL apps and websites or, for our international fans, on NWSLsoccer.com.

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Sky Blue FC Seeks Three Points on Road Trip to FC Kansas City

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September 2, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Sky Blue FC

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Kansas City, Mo. – Sky Blue FC (9-9-2, 23 points) will return to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) action on Sunday, looking for a third consecutive win when it plays FC Kansas City (3-9-7, 16 points) at Children’s Mercy Victory Park. Kickoff for the match is set for 6:00 p.m. ET

“We took a lot of confidence from last week’s game and getting the three points,” said David Hodgson, Sky Blue FC assistant coach. “Improving our defensive posture has been a key focus, so it was great to see all of our hard work lead us to a clean sheet. We now head into Kansas City with our tails up and looking for a win. Our attitude with every game moving forward is to treat it like a Cup Final.”

Sunday marks the third and final meeting of the season between Sky Blue FC and FC Kansas City. In their first pairing, the two clubs battled in a tightly-contested match-up that ended with Raquel Rodriguez hitting an 82^nd minute game-winner off a feed from Mandy Freeman. The second time these two teams played resulted in one of the most dramatic comebacks in NWSL history. Trailing 2-0 in the 78^th minute, Sam Kerr exploded for a 12-minute hat trick by finishing assists from three different teammates.

In its most recent outing, Sky Blue FC defeated the Boston Breakers last Saturday at Yurcak Field, 1-0. Kerr scored the lone tally for her 16^th goal of the 2017 campaign, bringing her level with Kim Little (2014) for the all-time NWSL record. Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan registered the clean slate in net, her third of the season.

FC Kansas City saw a three-match winning streak snapped last weekend by the Orlando Pride, suffering a 2-1 loss after Marta connected with Alex Morgan in the 87^th minute for a late game-winner.

Historically, FC Kansas City leads this head-to-head series with a 5-4-3 overall record. The two clubs are currently even in matches that have been played in Kansas City, with that mark standing at 2-2-1. Both of the previous two meetings this season occurred at Yurcak Field in New Jersey.

After playing FC Kansas City this weekend, Sky Blue FC will return home on Sunday, September 10, hosting the Washington Spirit for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff at Yurcak Field in Piscataway. Individual tickets for that match are available now online f6&id509e30c37e&ea0e953b4f5) or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).

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Houston Dash to Host Seattle Reign FC Presented by the FC Dallas

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August 29, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Houston Dash

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Houston Dash to host Seattle Reign FC Presented by the FC Dallas Foundation in Frisco

NEED TO KNOW

– Houston will host its first regular season home game away from BBVA Compass Stadium at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas

– General admission tickets for the game are $20 and all proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

HOUSTON – (Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017) – The Houston Dash’s scheduled home game for this Sunday against Seattle Reign FC will be played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, the club and the National Women’s Soccer League announced today.

“On behalf of the Dash, I want to sincerely thank the Hunt family and our partners at FC Dallas for stepping up to assist our club in this time of need,” said Dash president Chris Canetti. “We are thankful for the opportunity to play this match in Frisco and that the FC Dallas Foundation will be using the event as a benefit to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This is a great example of the soccer community uniting to help one another in difficult times.”

The match, presented by the FC Dallas Foundation, was relocated to north Texas after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas, resulting in widespread flooding and damage in Houston and the surrounding area. The storm also postponed Houston’s previous home game, scheduled for Aug. 27 against the North Carolina Courage.

“It’s such a challenging time for everyone in the greater Houston area,” said FC Dallas president Dan Hunt. “We’re happy to partner with the Houston Dash organization and help them work through this situation.”

Fans in Dallas-Fort Worth can purchase tickets at FCDallas.com/Tickets or call 888-FCD-GOAL. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. For more information on donating to the Red Cross, click here. Fans can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

Dash fans and season ticket members with tickets to the originally-scheduled game may apply those tickets to any remaining Dash home game this season.

The Dash will travel to Frisco Wednesday and train at Toyota Soccer Center on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and will train at MoneyGram Soccer Park on Saturday ahead of the game.

ABOUT THE HOUSTON DASH

The Houston Dash are a National Women’s Soccer League club that began play in April 2014 for the start of the league’s second season. The Dash were the first expansion club in the NWSL, joining the eight original members that launched the league in 2013. The NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. It is the top-flight women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as talent from around the world. The 24-game regular season runs from April through September. The team trains at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, visit www.HoustonDashSoccer.com or call (713) 276-GOAL.

ABOUT THE FC DALLAS FOUNDATION

The FC Dallas Foundation is the charitable arm of FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium. The Foundation strives to provide a positive impact on the health and well-being of disadvantaged youth through the sport of soccer. For more information about the FC Dallas Foundation and its programs, please call 469-365-0147.

-Dash On-

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Reign FC Fall to Sky Blue FC on the Road

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August 19, 2017 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Seattle Reign FC

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Reign FC Fall to Sky Blue FC on the Road

SEATTLE – In the final regular season meeting with Sky Blue FC, Seattle Reign FC fell 5-4 on the road at Yurcak Field. This marks the first time in club history Reign FC has allowed five goals in match. Seattle’s all-time record against Sky Blue FC is now even at 4-4-5.

Despite the loss, it marks the first time this season Reign FC (7-6-6, 27 pts) has scored in consecutive road matches. The four goals in the match are the most goals Seattle has scored in a road game since July 30, 2014 when they defeated the Houston Dash 4-1.

Watch match highlights here.

Reign FC opened the scoring early, with a goal from forward Katie Johnson in the third minute of the match. Midfielder Christine Nairn was in space on the wing, and sent a ball to midfielder Rumi Utsugi making a run into the box. Johnson redirected Utsugi’s initial shot into the back of the net for her second goal in two games.

In the 18th minute, co-captain and midfielder Jess Fishlock doubled the lead for the visitors. Forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi sent a corner kick just over goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan. Fishlock was at the back post and finished the chance.

Just before halftime, Reign FC found their third goal of the night, this time through Naho. Nairn’s cross into the box floated just over the head of Johnson, but fell to the feet of Naho at the back post. The forward scored at a tight angle to take a 3-0 lead into the half.

Sam Kerr and Sky Blue began their comeback just after the second half kicked off, with Kerr scoring her first goal in the 48th minute. A cross into the box by defender Kayla Mills was headed back across the box. The uncleared ball fell to Kerr and she tapped it into the far corner of the net.

The second goal would come 20 minutes later in the 68th minute of the match. Midfielder Daphne Corboz won the ball off a Reign FC corner kick and started the break for Sky Blue. Corboz sent a long ball downfield to Kerr, who scored her second of the night.

Kerr then completed the hat trick with her equalizer in the 71st minute. Midfielder Sarah Killion passed it forward to Kerr, who then took the space at the top of the box and fired a shot into the net to tie the match 3-3.

Reign FC regained the lead in the 85th minute. After chaos in the box and a missed clearance, the ball fell to forward Kiersten Dallstream’s feet with Sheridan out of her goal. Dallstream calmly finished into the empty net.

Sky Blue was not to be denied, as they would go on to score two goals in stoppage time to take the full three points. First it was forward Maya Hayes in the first minute of stoppage time. Hayes headed home a cross from defender Domi Richardson to re-tie the match at four apiece.

Kerr’s game-winning goal was just minutes later, in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Midfielder Taylor Lytle found Kerr on a corner kick for the ninth and final goal of the match.

Dallstream was named Reign FC player of the match for her performance. The forward’s goal was her first of the season, and it was her 12th appearance, 10th off the bench, for Reign FC in 2017.

Tonight’s result sees Reign FC points total for the season remains at 27, and they fall out of playoff position on the NWSL table into fifth place. Today also saw the North Carolina Courage and Orlando Pride earn wins.

Reign FC’s next match is set for Saturday, August 26th when they host Austen Everett Foundation Day presented by Portage Bay Café and face rival Portland Thorns FC. This is the final meeting between the two teams in the 2017 NWSL regular season. Kickoff is set for 1:00pm PT. The previous meeting between the two teams saw Reign FC earn a 2-0 win at home on July 1st.

NWSL Match Report

Match: Sky Blue FC (7-9-2, 23 pts) vs Seattle Reign FC (7-5-6, 27 pts)

Date: August 19, 2017

Venue: Yurcak Field

Kickoff: 4:00pm PT

Attendance: 3,325

Weather: Cloudy

Team

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Seattle Reign FC

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Sky Blue FC

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Scoring Summary:

SEA – Johnson (Nairn) 3′

SEA – Fishlock (Kawasumi) 18′

SEA – Kawasumi (Nairn) 45+2′

NJ – Kerr 48′

NJ – Kerr (Corboz) 68′

NJ – Kerr (Killion) 71′

SEA – Dallstream 85′

NJ – Hayes (Richardson) 90+1′

NJ – Kerr (Lytle) 90+4′

Lineups:

Seattle Reign FC: Kopmeyer, Pickett, Stott, McNabb, Mathias, Nairn (Elston 62′), Utsugi, Fishlock, Yanez (Dallstream 70′), Johnson (Barnes 83′), Kawasumi

Substitutes Not Used: Schiffel, Corsie, Reed, Crummer

Sky Blue FC: Sheridan, Skroski, Freeman, Richardson, Mills (Meehan 86′), Stanton, Lytle, Rodriguez (Killion 8′), Corboz, Kerr, Tiernan (Hayes 72′)

Substitutes Not Used: Casey, Kai, O’Hara

Stats Summary: SEA/NJ

Shots: 10 / 23

Shots on Goal: 7 / 6

Saves: 1 / 3

Corner Kicks: 7 / 9

Fouls: 8 / 10

Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

NJ – Hayes (Yellow) 81′

Officials:

Referee: Christopher Spivey

Assistant Referees: Jeremy Weed, Amilcar Sicaju

Fourth Official: Henrik Karlsson

About Seattle Reign FC:

Seattle Reign FC is one of ten teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is the premier women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and around the world. Seattle Reign FC train and host home matches at Memorial Stadium, located in the shadow of the Space Needle on the Seattle Center campus. For more information on the club visit reignfc.com.

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