Welcome from Memorial Stadium in downtown Seattle as Reign FC gets ready to kick off the 2014 NWSL season today against the Boston Breakers. I’ll post lineups, updates and a live stream (if available) below:
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Final — Reign 3, Boston 0. Seattle had no shutouts in 2013 and had to wait 11 games for its first win. Both accomplished in today’s opener.
88′ — GOAL REIGN FC! Megan Rapinoe makes it 3-0!
85′ — Seattle sub: Kate Deines on for two-goal hero Kim Little.
81′ — Attendance: 3,021
76′ — Naho into the side netting!
71′ — Whiff! Naho with a great cross to Rapinoe, but it’s a swing and a miss.
67′ — Reign sub: Nahomi Kawasumi in for Bev Goebel.
59′ — Yellow card to Seattle’s Winters.
56′ — Yellow card to Boston’s Jones for taking out Leroux.
55′ — GOAL REIGN! Welcome to Seattle Kim Little! The former Arsenal Ladies star nets her second to put the home side up 2-0!
51′ — SAVE! Huge save by Naeher on Little to keep Boston in this one.
48′ — GOAL REIGN! Kim Little powers home a penalty kick after a Megan Rapinoe cross is handled in the box by Boston’s Courtney Jones. Seattle up 1-0.
46′ — Back underway. Seattle attack quickly, leading to a Rapinoe shot that is off target.
Halftime: No score in this one yet.
44′ — Fletcher with a header off a Rapinoe corner kick that goes wide.
43′ — Yellow card to Boston’s Jazmyne Avant for taking out Fishlock.
42′ — Seattle controlling more of the action.
35′ — Offside flag the enemy for the Reign.
29′ — NO GOAL! Heather O’Reilly with a great cross and Joanna Lohman’s shot is off the crossbar, then down off the goal line and cleared by Lauren Barnes. Goal-line technology anyone?
25′ — SAVE! Rapinoe blisters a one-time shot, but Naeher gets a piece of it and it’s off the post. Offside flag up, though.
21′ — SAVE! Leroux with a cheeky backheel for a shot, set up by Goebel, but it’s blocked. Little’s follow-up shot is strong, but saved by Naeher.
20′ — Little sets up a Goebel shot, but Naeher has it.
19′ — Lot of turnovers and mis-hit crosses. We’ll call it early season rust, and maybe some getting used to the turf.
10′ — Watch for Kim Little this season. She’ll be the playmaker for the Reign.
8′ — First shot by Rapinoe from outside the box, but her right-footed shot is handled by GK Alyssa Naeher.
4′ — Seattle looks to be in a 4-3-3 with Goebel in the middle, Leroux on the right, Rapinoe on the left. Little is underneath as a center attacking mid. Fishlock and Winters are the holding mids.
Pregame — I’ll post updates from the game here.
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Reign FC lineup: GK Hope Solo, D Elli Reed, D Lauren Barnes, D Kendall Fletcher, D Stephanie Cox, M Keelin Winters, M Jess Fishlock, M Kim Little, F Megan Rapinoe, F Sydney Leroux, F Bev Goebel
Reign FC bench: GK Haley Kopmeyer, D Kate Deines, D Amanda Frisbie, D Megan Brigman, D Kiersten Dallstream, F Nahomi Kawasumi, F Danielle Foxhoven
Boston Breakers lineup: GK Alyssa Naeher, D Jazmyne Avant, D Courtney Jones, D Julie King, D Catherine Whitehill, M Kaylyn Kyle, M Joanna Lohman, M Heather O’Reilly, M Lianne Sanderson, F Mollie Pathman, F Kathryn Schoepfer
Boston Breakers bench: GK Jami-Ann Kranich, D Chelsea Stewart, M Biance D’Agostino, M Maddy Evans, M Ashley Grove, F Lisa De Vanna, F Jazmine Reeves
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Setting the scene…