FINAL — Reign FC fell behind by two goals, pulled one back in the second half, but couldn’t complete the comeback, losing at Portland, 2-1.
There were 16,479 fans at Jeld-Wen Field, which is larger than any crowd seen in the WPS. Thorns FC fans also outdrew seven of nine MLS games this weekend (D.C., Colorado, Toronto, Dallas, Chicago, Salt Lake, San Jose).
Portland opened the scoring through Marian Dougherty just before halftime and doubled the lead through Alex Morgan in the 52nd minute. Jess Fishlock scored for Seattle in the 74th minute, but the visitors wouldn’t be able to equalize.
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Reign FC is back in NWSL action Sunday.
Seattle (0-0-1) faces the vaunted Portland Thorns FC on the road at Jeld-Wen Field, which could have a crowd upwards of 15,000.
Portland (0-0-1) features the top forward duo in the league in Alex Morgan, who stars for the U.S., and Christine Sinclair, a Canadian international who scored a penalty kick in the Thorns’ Week 1 tie against Kansas City.
The Reign is coming off a 1-1 road tie in Chicago last weekend. Forward Lindsay Taylor, who missed that game injured, will be available for Seattle, according to a team-provided preview.
“Since arriving into Seattle, fans and members of the soccer community have given me insight into the rivalry between Seattle and Portland,” said Laura Harvey, general manager and head coach, in the preview. “We know it will be a spirited environment, which we are prepared for and excited to be a part of. We view it as a great opportunity to show how far we have progressed as a team.”
There are plans to have a stream available at ReignFC.com.
Here is a very thorough preview on the game from ProSoccerTalk.