CHICAGO (July 8, 2013) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will kick off its first national television game on FOX Soccer as the Seattle Reign FC host the Washington Spirit on Sunday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET at the Moda Health Pitch at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.
The Spirit are in search of their first win under new head coach Mark Parsons. Canada international Diana Matheson leads Washington with a team-best five goals and two assists on the season as the Spirit look to snap a run of seven games without a victory.
After suffering through a nine-game losing streak, the Reign are unbeaten in their last four matches. Seattle has posted a 2-0-2 record since U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Megan Rapinoe joined the team on June 23 after completing her European season with Olympique Lyonnais in France.
Goalkeeper and fellow U.S. international Hope Solo has stopped 39 of 45 shots in six games for the Reign since she made her NWSL debut June 9 after returning from rehabilitation following wrist surgery.
The two teams square off again in a rematch on August 10 on Maureen Hendricks Field at Maryland SoccerPlex, also live on FOX Soccer, with a kickoff at 7 p.m. ET.
FOX Sports Media Group will offer exclusive live coverage of nine matches, featuring six regular-season matches and all three playoff matches, including the two semifinal games August 24 and the championship game August 31. FOX Soccer will televise one game per week over the final six weeks of the season with each club appearing at least once on national television leading up to the NWSL Playoffs.
2013 NWSL National Television Schedule*
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Time (ET)||TV|
|Sunday, July 14||Seattle Reign FC||Washington Spirit||8:30 p.m.||FOX Soccer|
|Sunday, July 21||Western New York Flash||Sky Blue FC||1:30 p.m.||FOX Soccer|
|Sunday, July 28||Portland Thorns FC||Chicago Red Stars||7 p.m.||FOX Soccer|
|Sunday, Aug. 4||Portland Thorns FC||FC Kansas City||8:30 p.m.||FOX Soccer|
|Saturday, Aug. 10||Washington Spirit||Seattle Reign FC||7 p.m.||FOX Soccer|
|Saturday, Aug. 17||Western New York Flash||Boston Breakers||8 p.m.||FOX Soccer|
|Saturday, Aug. 24||Semifinal||2 p.m.||TBD|
|Saturday, Aug. 24||Semifinal||8 p.m.||TBD|
|Saturday, Aug. 31||Championship||8 p.m.||TBD|
*Subject to change