Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign Crush Last Place Sky Blue FC

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Reign Crush Last Place Sky Blue

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (May 12, 2018) — Sky Blue FC can’t catch a break.

Even after trading for star midfielder Carli Lloyd this offseason, the New Jersey-based club can’t find their first NWSL win. Only a draw against the Chicago Red Stars has given them one point.

Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign Crush Last Place Sky Blue FC

Lloyd did play a role in Saturday’s 4-1 loss against the Seattle Reign, though. Lloyd assisted rookie Savannah McCaskill on her 62nd minute goal.

However, by that time, Seattle already had unleashed three goals past Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan.

Jodie Taylor only needed five minutes to put Seattle on the board, with a goal assisted by Steph Catley. Megan Rapinoe then scored a brace in her return from injury in front of 3,607 fans at Memorial Park.

Rapinoe’s second goal was assisted by Nahomi Kawasumi.

After Sky Blue added one goal to their tally, Seattle added a little extra pressure and scored again. This time, midfielder Allie Long scored the unassisted goal in the 84th minute.

Seattle’s victory was the 50th NWSL victory for Vlatko Andonvoski, Reign FC head coach. Andonvoski said that there are “so many things” that he’s proud of.

“The fact that I work with different players, different personalities, different cultures, it brings different challenges for me,” Andonovski said. “Every practice is a challenge. Every meeting is a challenge. Every game is a challenge in different ways. The fact that I have to prepare differently forces me to study the game more, and forces me to be better.”

“The relationships I’ve developed over the years, and the opportunity to work with some world-class players [is what I’m proud of].”

Three Takeaways

  1. If anyone can reach North Carolina, it’s Seattle: There’s really not much more to say. Just like the North Carolina Courage, the Seattle Reign FC are a complete team, with a solid offense, defense and goalkeeper. Michelle Betos is just as good as Katelyn Rowland and Sabrina D’Angelo of North Carolina.
  2. Sky Blue should be regretting the Lloyd trade: What happened with Sky Blue was simple when the whole three-way trade occurred. Carli Lloyd wanted to come home and since popularity runs the league, every effort was taken to get her there. With that said, Lloyd has been a bust for Sky Blue FC. The team is certainly watching Samantha Kerr in Chicago and regretting the trade.
  3. Denise Reddy is in hot water: Don’t blame goalkeeper Sheridan for what’s wrong with Sky Blue right now. This is on Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. Right now, the defense is not working, yet Reddy is doing hardly anything to change it. Also, despite earning an assist against Seattle, Lloyd has been inactive for Sky Blue. However, Reddy, afraid of criticism, is afraid to bench her — even though it’s time.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. With all due respect, have you even watched the goals given up by Sheridan? Two of them conceded in the Reign match should’ve been saved (the 1st and 4th). All three conceded against the Dash at home were completely her fault. The complete lack of speed from Gibbons and Freeman and the inability of the midfield to connect with the back five and build from the back is stunning.

    I would like to know from Coach Reddy what she sees in Beckie, Killion, and McCaskill over Rodriguez, Moreno, and Leon (who, btw, is quite overrated. For someone considered an elite player, her touch is extremely heavy, her speed is above average at best (certainly not better than the defenders she faces), and she falls over like a stack of leaves in a slight breeze).

    Lloyd is just frustrated, as are the rest of the attacking MF and F, watching the futility of their back 5 be to defend the goal.

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