Reign FC continued its much-improved play over the second half of the season, earning a 1-1 tie at home Wednesday against the Boston Breakers.
Seattle, in front of 1,430 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, extended its unbeaten streak to four — two wins and two ties.
The Reign (2-9-3) took the lead in the 53rd minute when newly acquired forward Jessica McDonald, making her debut, finished a cross from the wing by Christine Nairn. McDonald was picked up off waivers last week from Chicago. Nairn has a team-leading four assists.
Boston (4-5-4) equalized through a pair of big names, when former Sounders Women’s star Sydney Leroux finished a deflected pass from fellow U.S. international Heather O’Reilly in the 62nd minute.
In other notes, Seattle goalkeeper Hope Solo, a Richland native and former UW standout, made eight saves. The Reign also saw the debut of forward Renae Cuellar in the second half, after she was acquired earlier this week in a trade with FC Kansas City.
Seattle’s Jess Fishlock and Kaylyn Kyle each received their fourth yellow cards of the season; their next caution will result in a one-game suspension.
The Reign hosts Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash on July 11 at Starfire Stadium and tickets are available on ReignFC.com.
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REIGN FC 1, BOSTON BREAKERS 1
SEA – McDonald, Jessica (Nairn, Christine) – 53’
BOS – Leroux, Sydney (O’Reilly, Heather) – 62’
SEA: 1-Solo Goalkeeper; 3-Barnes D; 25-Dallstream D; 6-Kyle D; 7-Reed D (23-Cuéllar 65’); 10-Fishlock M; 4-Deines M; 11-Winters M; 19-Nairn F; 22 McDonald F (26-Cordner 78’); 15-Rapinoe F
Subs not used: 18-Betos Goalkeeper; 13 Ruiz; 14-Larsen; 21-Meier; 2-Zurrer; 5-Bogus; 9- Cox
Head Coach: Laura Harvey
BOS: 1-Naeher Goalkeeper; 2-Leroux; 4-Whitehill (19-Moscato 87’); 5-Avant; 8-King; 9- O’Reilly; 10-Sanderson; 11-Lohman; 12-Schoepger (18-Evans 59’); 20-Nogueria (25- Dragotta 79’)
Subs not used: 24-Phillips Goalkeeper; 7-Wilkinson
Head Coach: Lisa Cole
Stats Summary: SEA / BOS
Shots: 17 / 18
Shots on Goal: 6 / 9
Saves: 5 / 8
Corner Kicks: 7 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 10
Offside: 6 / 5
Referee: Miguel Panduro
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross
Assistant Referee 2: Ray Moffatte Jr.
Fourth Official: Timon Berry
Weather: 70 Degrees, Sunny