Reign FC earned its second-straight win Saturday, beating the Chicago Red Stars at home, 3-1, in front of 2,318 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.
Here is our game story from the scene.
Seattle (2-9-2) is unbeaten in its last three games, which has coincided with the debut of midfielder Megan Rapinoe, a U.S. national team star who had been on loan with France’s Lyon.
Rapinoe sealed the team’s first home win of the NWSL season with a clinching goal in the third minute of stoppage time. The Reign scored the first two goals of the game, as well, starting with a 51st-minute penalty kick by Canadian national Kaylyn Kyle and continuing in the 58th minute through Jess Fishlock.
Rookie Christine Nairn added two assists. Goalkeeper Hope Solo made eight saves.
Chicago (3-6-3) got its goal in the 83rd minute through Michelle Wenino.
Seattle is out of last place finally, leapfrogging the struggling Washington Spirit, but postseason possibilities might be just out of reach. Even so, there are definitely good vibes around a team that had lost nine in a row.
“I joke with the girls that I’m undefeated on this team, and I don’t think they thought it was too funny,” said Rapinoe. “If we look at the whole thing and say we have to win out to make the playoffs, it’s a bit daunting. But game-by-game I think any given team can beat any team in this league.”