OL Reign’s playoff series wraps up in front of record crowd at Lumen Field

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 23: Kansas City’s Lo’eau LaBonta #10 and OL Reign’s Megan Rapinoe #15 battle for the ball during the second half during an NWSL Semi-Final game at Lumen Field on October 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Cham

Alexis Loera and Kristen Hamilton scored in Kansas City Current’s 2-0 victory over top seed OL Reign, winners of the Supporters Shield this season.

The game was played in front of a record crowd of 21,491 fans at Seattle’s Lumen Field on Sunday.

Loera scored for the current three minutes into the game. Hamilton added a goal in the 63rd to stun the reign. It was current goaltender Adrianna Franch’s third playoff shutout.

It’s been quite a ride for Kansas City, which finished bottom of the league last season.

“You can just say from our development over the season that we’re in a really good position where we’re not quite at the top, but we’re hitting highs at times when we need to hit highs.” , Frank said. . “Our team is just phenomenal.”

Thorns edges Wave 2-1, faces Current for NWSL Championship

The Portland Thorns will play stream for the National Women’s Soccer League Championship next weekend in Washington, DC, capping a turbulent and emotionally draining 10th season.

Crystal Dunn came off the bench and scored in stoppage time to give the Thorns a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Wave at Providence Park in Portland in the first of two semifinal games on Sunday.

Dunn, who also plays for the US national team, has moved on after giving birth to a son five months ago. His first goal since returning came from a corner around three minutes into stoppage time.

The semi-finals took place amid continued fallout from an investigation that uncovered systemic misconduct and abuse across the league.

US Soccer has appointed former acting United States Attorney General Sally Q. Yates to investigate following a series of scandals that rocked the NWSL last season.

Yates’ devastating report came out earlier this month. In it, she detailed the Thorns’ handling of the sexual harassment and coercion allegations made against former coach Paul Riley.

Riley coached Portland in 2014-15. Two former players, Mana Shim and Sinead Farrelly, accused Riley of misconduct last year in a report in The Athletic. After the publication of the Yates investigation, two Thorns executives were fired.

The announced crowd was 22,030 in Providence Park. Fans threw their support behind the players, but Thorns owner Merritt Paulson was called on to sell the team.

“The players needed it. They needed to see they were loved,” Thorns coach Rhian Wilkinson said.

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