Sky Blue FC vs Reign FC: March at the Bull’s

On Sunday, August 18th at Red Bull Arena in Harrison NJ, Sky Blue FC (3-4-11) engaged in a back and forth soccer match against Reign FC (7-6-4). Both clubs are home to members of the U.S. Woman’s National Team with Carli Lloyd playing for the NJ home team, Sky Blue. On the opposite side of the pitch, Ally Long and Megan Rapinoe are members of Seattle’s Reign FC.


Early reports stated that Rapinoe may not play due to a left Achilles problem and that seems to be the exact excuse on why she never entered the game. Due to the injury, Rapinoe has yet to play a single minute in the NWSL. While she was not on the pitch to play, she was in the house at the arena and spoke about the pay disparity in soccer during halftime on the ESPNews broadcast. It was a letdown to fans expecting to see the U.S. Soccer star as she was a major draw for the match. If she did play This would put three of the U.S. Woman’s National team members on the same field at the same time outside of a USWNT match.

Due to the high demand of ticket sales and fan support NWSL had to move the game The league moved it from Sky Blue’s home turf of Rutgers University’s Yurcak Field to the Red Bull Arena in Harrison NJ. Since moving the game, it became the largest attendance for any Sky Blue FC game to date. With the team’s record-breaking attendance and the buzz surrounding the match, it caused the broadcast to shift to the ESPNews station.

Carli Lloyd and Ally Long both took to the pitch and gave it their all to end the game with a 1-1 draw at the finish. Neither of the two scored the goals. You can credit the first goal to Elizabeth Eddy on Sky Blue in the 36th minute. The other to Jodie Taylor answering back in the 38th minute for Reign FC. During the second half, both teams had opportunities to score but neither one could get the ball in the back of the net.

At the conclusion of the match, the home team came back out on to the pitch. This was in order to greet and interact with fans and show their love. Even the sweaty U.S. woman’s veteran, Carli Lloyd took to the seats. She would take selfies, sign memorabilia, and was the last one to leave the pitch.

Sky Blue FC will be hosting the following teams during the regular season:

  • NC Courage home to Crystal Dunn, Sam Mewis, and Abby Dahlkemper on September 7th
  • The Chicago Red stars home to Australia’s Samantha Kerr, Alyssa Naeher, and Morgan Brian on September 15th
  • Orlando Pride home to Brazil’s Marta on September 29th

It appears the team will not be making the playoffs this season. Thus grab tickets to one of the remaining games.

Tickets and a full schedule for Sky Blue can be found on the team’s website. The replay of the Sky Blue and Reign FC match can be watched on ESPN+ App or the ESPNews website.

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