Seattle Reign FC (0-5-1, 1pt) vs. Sky Blue FC (4-1-1, 13pts)
Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 3:00pm PDT (6:00pm EDT)
Starfire Stadium, Tukwila, Washington
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Two teams with contrasting form will do battle at Starfire Stadium on Sunday as bottom club Seattle Reign face league table toppers, Sky Blue FC.
The Reign are still on the hunt for their first win after suffering a deflating 4-2 loss against Washington Spirit on Thursday despite one of their most encouraging performances of the season.
Coach Laura Harvey took the brave step of leaving out her three Canadian internationals against the Spirit, with Kaylyn Kyle, Emily Zurrer and Tiffany Cameron all starting the game on the bench.
An early injury to defender Kate Daines for the Reign did see Zurrer take to the field earlier than expected, but both Cameron and Kyle only featured late on.
Teresa Noyola showed plenty of drive and energy alongside Jess Fishlock in the Reign midfield, while Lindsay Taylor looked dangerous cutting in from the right hand side.
However, defensive lapses and an impressive display from Lori Lindsey and Diana Matheson saw the Spirit come away with their first win of the campaign, leaving Seattle scratching their heads as to how they came away from the game with nothing.
Sky Blue on the other hand are in fantastic form coming off the back of a hard fought win at league favorites Portland Thorns to earn their fourth win of the season.
The win on the West Coast cannot be underestimated, with the Thorns looking formidable up until the loss, with many still tipping them to win the inaugural championship.
A well organized and disciplined side, marshaled by the dogged Christie Rampone, Sky Blue have been solid throughout the NWSL campaign, with just the one blip away at Western New York Flash at the start of May.
Sophie Schmidt has been outstanding in midfield, while Lisa De Vanna has been a menace for opposition defenders.
It was De Vanna and fellow forward Danesha Adams who scored in a 2-0 victory for SBFC against Seattle last Saturday, with the New Jersey side comfortable throughout and restricting the Reign to a limited number of chances.
Both teams are desperate for the three points for very different reasons, but it will be Seattle hoping to give their fans something to cheer about and ensure they don’t lose pace with the teams above them.