OL Reign announced last week that former Head Coach Laura Harvey would be rejoining the club following the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, set to serve at the helm once more. Harvey led OL Reign, then (Seattle) Reign FC, to multiple NWSL Championship appearances and also won the NWSL Shield in 2014 and 2015. In addition, OL Reign signed French internationals goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi and forward Eugénie Le Sommer, as well as German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsán in mid-April. Both players are on loan from Lyon and will play for OL Reign for the remainder of the season.
OL Reign are coming off a 3-1 loss at the Chicago Red Stars last weekend. Bethany Balcer opened the scoring in the 12th minute for the road side, but the Red Stars would answer following the halftime break. The home side forced two own goals before Mallory Pugh added the insurance in the 64th minute to give the Red Stars all three points at home.
Balcer currently leads the Reign in goals scored with four on the season, all of which have come in the side’s last five games. Sophia Huerta leads the team in assists with two on the season, followed by Celia and former Pride midfielder Dani Weatherholt with one helper apiece.
The last time the Reign took on the Pride came on Oct. 12, 2019 at Exploria Stadium in what served as the season finale for both sides. That match ended in a 2-2 draw with Marta and former Pride forward Rachel Hill scoring for Orlando on the night. Darian Jenkins found the back of the net for the Reign, along with the Pride’s most recent signing in forward Jodie Taylor.
Rasmussen Fun Fact
The Pride have battled to a deadlock with the Reign a total of seven times throughout the Club’s NWSL tenure, the most of any opponent in the league. Four of those draws have come in The City Beautiful, with Orlando holding a 1-0-4 record against Saturday’s opposition in downtown Orlando.