Seattle Reign FC ahead Megan Rapinoe (15) will get the ball clear of Utah Royals FC defender Katie Bowen (6) as the Utah Royals and the Seattle Reign play at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
Utah Royals FC head trainer Laura Harvey’s return to the Emerald City didn’t result in a super approach on Wednesday evening.
The trainer/basic supervisor of Seattle Reign FC for 5 seasons prior to taking on in Utah, Harvey fell to her former squad thank you to a 54th-minute header from United States Women’s National Team megastar Megan Rapinoe, the difference-maker in a 1-0 Reign victory.
The loss used to be URFC’s 2d immediately, and the membership has gathered simply 4 issues in its closing 5 fits as it fights to keep within the postseason race. Now two-thirds of the way in which throughout the common season, URFC stays 4 issues out of the fourth and ultimate playoff spot.
After a primary part that noticed Harvey’s aspect whiff on a few golden possibilities at objective, the Reign earned a nook kick from the proper aspect early in the second one. The ball sailed to the left aspect of the objective space, and Rapinoe headed it again towards the highest proper nook of the objective, and no URFC participant may reserve it.
URFC couldn’t get an entire lot going offensively after that as the Reign got here away with the 3 issues, the membership’s 3rd immediately win since enjoying to a draw in opposition to Utah at Rio Tinto Stadium two weeks in the past.
Harvey on Wednesday used to be with out the products and services of USWNT captain Becky Sauerbrunn, who used to be a past due addition to the damage checklist on account of a tibial tension response, as neatly as Diana Matheson, who used to be suspended on account of a bad she dedicated closing Friday in opposition to Portland Thorns FC.
URFC will return house for its subsequent fit, but it surely’ll be any other fast turnaround, as the Orlando Pride will seek advice from Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night time. Should Sauerbrunn be out once more, Utah can be with out two heart backs, as Sam Johnson can be suspended as a result of she gathered her 5th yellow card of the season on Wednesday evening.