Reign FC suffered a 1-0 road loss to the Western New York Flash on Wednesday, Seattle’s second-straight defeat to fall to 5-12-3 on the season.
U.S. national team star Carli Lloyd scored the lone goal for the hosts in the 54th minute, on an assist from forward Abby Wambach, as the Flash (9-4-7) clinched a playoff berth with the win.
In fact, the top four teams in the NWSL have already been settled, as the playoff field will include FC Kansas City, Western New York, Portland Thorns FC and Sky Blue FC. The latter three are in a three-way tie for second place on 34 points behind K.C. at 38 points. Here is a closer look at the race for playoff seeding.
The Reign and Flash combined to hit the crossbar no less than six times, according to the team report. The visitors’ best chance at a late equalizer through Jessica McDonald, but her chance went just over the bar.
Seattle next travel to Washington, D.C., for a road game Saturday against the last-place Spirit (2-14-4), a match to be broadcast on FOX Soccer. The Reign’s final home of the season is Aug. 17 against rival Portland.
Box score after the jump…
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WESTERN NY FLASH 1, REIGN FC 0
WNY — Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach) 54′
SEA: 1-Solo Goalkeeper; 3-Barnes D; 4- Deines M (11-Winters 79’); 5-Bogus F; 6-Kyle D; 7-Reed D; 9-Cox D (25-Dallstream 70’); 10-Fishlock M; 15-Rapinoe F; 19-Nairn M; 20-Van Egmond M (22-McDonald 59’
Subs not used: 2-Zurrer; 13 Ruiz; 14-Larsen F; 18-Betos Goalkeeper; 21-Meier; 23-Cuéllar F
Head Coach: Laura Harvey
WNY: 4-Kerr F (15-DiMartino 77’); 6-Salem M; 7-Zerboni M (17-Perez 86’); 8-Martin F (9- Wells 82’); 10-Lloyd M; 12-Johnson D; 13-Taylor D; 14-Huffman M; 16-Reynolds D; 20- Wambach F; 24-Franch Goalkeeper
Subs Not Used: 22-Barczuk D; 11-Heyboer F; 3-McCarthy D; 23-Robinson M; 2-Sahlen D; 1-Tajonar Goalkeeper
Head Coach: Aaran Lines
SEA / WNY
Shots: 10 / 18
Shots on Goal: 4 / 9
Saves: 8 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 7
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offside: 3 / 2
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referee 1: Kyle Atkins
Assistant Referee 2: David Mon
Fourth Official: Steve Montanino
Weather: 78 Degrees, Cloudy