It’s been almost 12 weeks since Seattle Reign FC launched its 2015 season in style, rolling past the Western New York Flash 5–1 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium for its first three points of the year.
That game featured a hat trick from forward Megan Rapinoe — the first of her career — while midfielder Jess Fishlock and forward Beverly Yanez also scored in the win.
On Friday evening, the two sides will face off in their first matchup since the opening day blowout, this time at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. for a pre-Indepdence Day tilt at 4 p.m. PT.
Streaks roll on
With Seattle’s 2–1 win over FC Kansas City last Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Reign FC extended its home league unbeaten streak to 18 games, dating back to the start of the 2014 season.
However, the victory also brought Reign FC’s current league unbeaten streak in 2015 to six games. Since Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo left for U.S. Women’s National Team duties, Seattle has gone 4–0–2, and is also on a three-game winning streak.
Seattle has outscored its opponents by a 12–5 margin over the past six games and now sits second in the NWSL standings, just one point behind the Chicago Red Stars.
World Cup absences
While Solo and Rapinoe’s homecoming is set for the July 11 match, that means they’ll be unavailable for Friday’s road fixture. The duo is currently preparing to face-off with Japan in the World Cup Final on Sunday afternoon in Vancouver.
The Flash will also be without a pair of USWNT players: forward Sydney Leroux and defender Whitney Engen
Cameroonian forward Ajara Nchout Njoya and newly signed Nigerian midfielder Halimatu Ayinde also competed in World Cup matches, but will likely be out on Friday for Western New York.
See you next week
Saturday’s game is the second of three matchups this season between Reign FC and the Western New York Flash. The two sides will meet again in Seattle next Saturday in a match that will also serve as a homecoming for Solo and Rapinoe.
Tickets for that match remain, starting at just $19, and can be purchased online at ReignFC.com.
Tune in to all the action between Reign FC and the Flash on Friday by watching the high-definition live stream or following Reign FC on twitter. Fans on the go can download the official Reign FC app and boom, world-class soccer in the palm of your hand.