NWSL: Northwest derby draws league record in Seattle

Megan Rapinoe and OL Reign celebrated their return to Seattle with a 2-1 win over the Portland Thorns before a record NWSL crowd of 27,248 at Lumen Field.

The match was played as part of the doubleheader with the Sounders-Timbers MLS game that followed.

The crowd grew steadily as the NWSL match went on. The crowd count was the total of fans who had entered the stadium at the game's 80-minute mark. The announced crowd for the Sounders-Timbers game was 45,737.

The previous NWSL record was held by the Thorns, who drew 25,218 fans -- a sell-out -- at Providence Park for a 2019 game against the North Carolina Courage.

Rapinoe scored both goals for OL Reign, which has played at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma since 2019. It played its first NWSL season in 2013 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, then moved the next season to Seattle's Memorial Stadium, where the Sounders started out in 1974.

The loss snapped first-place Portland's 10-game unbeaten streak. It leads the Courage by four points. OL Reign moved into third place, three points further back.
1 comment about "NWSL: Northwest derby draws league record in Seattle".
  1. uffe gustafsson, August 30, 2021 at 6:28 p.m.

    Rapino a washed up old players??
    think she proved different.

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