Match Preview: Seattle Reign FC Host Houston Dash for Go Green Night
This Saturday, Seattle Reign FC will host the Houston Dash for the first time this season. It is the club’s last home match in the month of April, before heading on a two-game road trip.
Kickoff is set for 7:00pm PT and the match is presented by Carter Subaru. Fans can watch the match on their mobile devices through the go90 app. They can also follow live play-by-play of the match at Reign FC’s official Twitter page, @ReignFC, and can join the conversation using the hashtag #SEAvHOU.
Reign FC’s (0-0-1, 1 point) previous match was a 1-1 draw against Sky Blue FC to open the season. Both goals in the match came from penalty kicks, with Megan Rapinoe scoring the lone goal for Seattle.
“I think there were a number of positives to take from the game,” said Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “We had a bit of grit and determination back about us which to be successful in this league you have to have that. We know who we want to be and where we want to go we just aren’t quite there yet.”
Reign FC hold a perfect 7-0-0 record against the Dash, with four of those wins coming at Memorial Stadium. The last time these two squads met was to close the 2016 season, with Seattle becoming the first team to overcome a two-goal deficit to win the match.
“New group, new season, and so many changes to the starting eleven we’ve got to stay focused on what we want to be which is hard to beat,” said Harvey. “If you can get a performance that you improve on week in and week out then you have a chance of getting the results you need.”
All-time, Seattle has scored 19 goals against Houston, while allowing just five. Four players who have scored against the Dash return to the Reign FC roster this season: Megan Rapinoe, Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, Beverly Yanez, and Rachel Corsie.
“We have the players higher up the field to win games,” said Harvey. “With people like Pinoe, Naho, and Bev you can have one chance to create an opportunity to score.”
Defensively, the Dash opened the season with a shutout victory over the Chicago Red Stars. In their 2-0 win, goals came from Kealia Ohai and Rachel Daly. Ohai is one of just three Houston players to score against Seattle.
Finding the back of the net against Seattle could be a challenge if Haley Kopmeyer puts in another solid performance. Kopmeyer is coming off a Player of the Week performance against Sky Blue FC, making eight saves in the match.
“I don’t really want her to get player of the week every week because it means she’s busy,” said Harvey. “She needed it and we needed it obviously to get the result. I thought she was excellent in goal, but we want to make sure she has the least amount to do possible going forward.”
Single match tickets and VIP experience packages are available for Saturday’s match. To purchase tickets, visit reignfc.com/tickets or call the Reign FC ticket office at (855) REIGN-FC.
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