The Portland Thorns might not be in it, but somehow the NWSL Championship is happening anyway and happening right here in our backyard at Providence Park. Watch the hated Seattle Reign take on somewhat less hated FC Kansas City for all the marbles tonight.
Merritt Paulson tells us that over 12,000 tickets were sold for the match as of yesterday, making this the most well attended NWSL Championship to date. With strong walk up sales, this match could easily approach the attendance of a regular season Thorns game!
Of course, as of right now you could probably still walk up and get a ticket, which is probably a great plan as we need as many people as possible to come and wave a friendly hello to Megan Rapinoe before vigorously booing Hope Solo.
Feeling right at home and making ourselves comfortable on OUR championship field before tomorrow's title match! pic.twitter.com/Ag4bdY7mrd— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) September 30, 2015
Sounder at Heart: "Since coming to the NWSL from English power Arsenal, Little has been arguably the league's best player and surely the most consistent offensive performer. She was the league MVP in 2014 and the runner-up this year. No one can match her 26 goals nor her 13 assists in two seasons of NWSL play.
The Reign, too, have been nearly unstoppable since Little joined them. Little helped turn around a team that was one of the league's doormats in 2013 to one that ran away with the regular-season title and helped get them to the championship game the following season."
The Blue Testament: "The Blues feature the World Cup's best defender in Becky Sauerbrunn and a healthy Amy LePeilbet as a center back tandem filled with experience, confidence and skill. With Leigh Ann Brown (Robinson) and Becca Moros on the outside and veteran iron woman Jen Buczkowski in front of them, the Blues are very difficult to break down.
With this being Lauren Holiday's last competitive match, the whole team and especially Amy Rodriguez, want to send her off with one more trophy."
Watch it on: FOX Sports 1
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. PT at Providence Park in Portland, OR
Seattle Reign: 13-4-3, 1st place in the NWSL
FC Kansas City: 9-5-6, 3rd place in the NWSL