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Nickname: The Reign
League: National Women’s Soccer League
Location: Tacoma, Wash.
Home Games: Cheney Stadium
Reign FC TicketsBacked by a passionate fan base and large crowds, Reign FC, based in Tacoma, is the premier women’s soccer team in the state of Washington. When it was founded as Seattle Reign FC in 2012, the club was one of the eight original members of the National Women’s Soccer League. The team's name was chosen to honor the former Seattle Reign basketball team, which was a pioneer in women’s sports. After a five-win debut season led by English football veteran Laura Harvey as head coach, the Reign ascended to the top of the league standings, winning the 2014 and 2015 NWSL Shield for the best record in the regular season. The team reached the championship game in both seasons but lost to FC Kansas City. After narrowly missing the playoffs in two straight seasons, Reign FC returned to the postseason in 2018 and 2019. Get your Reign FC tickets at StubHub.
Who are some of the top players in Reign FC history?Reign FC has fielded some of the most popular women’s soccer players of all time. Megan Rapinoe is the top scorer in Reign FC history. Since joining the club in 2013, she has scored 34 regular-season goals and another 15 assists. Scottish player Kim Little led the team in goals in 2014 and 2015 and scored a team-record 16 goals in a single season. Goalkeeper Hope Solo, who played for the squad between 2013 and 2016, won 26 games with 1.02 goals against average.
Does Reign FC have any rivals?Reign FC and the Portland Thorns share a rivalry that is enhanced by the long, sometimes bitter sports history of the Pacific Northwest cities. Besides their numerous regular-season matchups, The Reign and Portland have met once in the postseason. The 2018 matchup ended with a 2-1 victory for Portland.
What was Reign FC’s record in 2019?The Reign acquired 38 points with a 10-6-8 record. The season ended with a 4-1 loss to eventual national champion North Carolina Courage in the first round of the playoffs. Despite the lopsided score, the regulation period ended 1-1 after Ifeoma Onumonu made a dramatic game-tying goal for the Reign in the final minutes. However, in extra time, Debinha Miri and Crystal Dunn scored two goals to seal the game for North Carolina. Goalkeeper Casey Murphy made 11 saves for The Reign.
Who is Reign FC’s head coach?Farid Benstiti, who became the third head coach in Reign history on Jan. 17, 2020, is one of the most accomplished coaches in women’s soccer. A former midfielder in France, Benstiti began his coaching career with the FC Lyon women’s team (later rebranded as Olympique Lyonnais Feminin) in 2001. He led the club to four consecutive Division I championships between 2006 and 2010. He then departed the club to become the head coach of WFC Rossiyanka, which won the 2012 Russian Women’s Championship, and the Russian national team. He then took over as the coach of Paris Saint-Germain and reached the finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. He also won three league titles in the Chinese Women’s Super League with Dalian Quanjian FC.
What are some of the top games on Reign FC's schedule?Some of the top games on the Reign’s 2020 season include the season opener at the Washington Spirit on April 18, the home opener against the Chicago Red Stars on May 3, rematches against the North Carolina Courage at home on May 9 and Oct. 4, a rivalry game against the Portland Thorns on Aug. 29 and the final game of the season at home against the Washington Spirit on Oct. 18.
What is a Reign FC home game like?Reign FC plays home games at the 6,500-seat Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, which is also the home of the Tacoma Defiance men’s soccer club and the Tacoma Rainiers Triple-A baseball team. The Royal Guard, the official supporters' group of Reign FC, hosts a pregame tailgate in the Cheney Stadium parking lot and leads the crowd in chants during the game.
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