TUKWILA — Everything seemed well for Reign FC ahead of Sunday’s NWSL match against FC Kansas City. World-class goalkeeper Hope Solo was back in the Seattle net, the Starfire bleachers were boisterous with 1,377 fans and the team had more than its fair share of chances on goal.
But the Reign should know better by now — nothing has come easy for the team in the NWSL. The Seattle club continued its winless drought Sunday at Starfire Stadium with a 1-0 loss to Kansas City.
Solo, in her second appearance of the season, steered away all of Kansas City’s shots in the first half, as her teammates consistently tested opposing goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, Solo’s U.S. national team backup.
But Kansas City kept Solo from preserving Seattle’s first clean sheet of the season in the 63rd minute when Erika Tymrak ripped a shot at the Reign net from a tight angle. The ball ricocheted off the goal frame and off Solo before crossing the goal line.
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They Reign totaled 13 shots and managed to knock 18 crosses into the goal box Sunday, yet they weren’t able to avenge an early-season loss, also 1-0, to Kansas City.
“We have to make our own luck in their box and that’s something we’re not doing,” midfielder Jessica Fishlock said.
Seattle hasn’t scored in league play since May 16, when it tallied two goals in a loss to Washington.
The Reign, contrary to their win-loss record, have outplayed their opponents, coach Laura Harvey said.
“We pass people to death but we don’t cause enough problems in their 18-yard box,” Harvey said. “We speak about it all the time; I’m a bit of a broken record with the players but it’s the reality of where we’re at.”
The Reign, which has just a single point in league play, stands at 0-8-1 in the NWSL. Seattle will visit the Portland Thorns on Sunday at 2 p.m. at JELD-WEN Field. With 22 points, the Thorns sit atop the NWSL standings, tied with Sky Blue FC.
• Megan Rapinoe will return to Reign FC on June 14 and is expected to make her debut with the team on June 29 when Seattle hosts the Chicago Red Stars. Rapinoe recently concluded her club season with Lyon of France.
• Solo and Portland forward Alex Morgan will not appear in Sunday’s NWSL game, as both will have been on international duty with the United States, which plays South Korea on Saturday.
• Emily Zurrer, Kaylyn Kyle and Tiffany Cameron will also be on international duty, as their Canadian National Team prepares for a friendly with Germany set to take place on June 19.
• Fishlock, who will be with the Welsh national team, will also be unavailable Sunday and rounds out the list of international call-ups.
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