Megan Rapinoe was ejected from OL Reign’s game Saturday after receiving her second yellow card while on the bench for dissent.
The veteran forward left the match in the 74th minute, having already been subbed off, while being cheered on by her OL Reign teammates.
Shithousing 10/10 pic.twitter.com/t23stCoM7k— j (@oosaoosautd) June 19, 2022
Shithousing 10/10 pic.twitter.com/t23stCoM7k
Saturday’s matchup with Angel City was a chaotic one, with eight yellow cards handed out and 29 fouls committed, the second most this NWSL season.
OL Reign outlasted Angel City, earning a narrow 1-0 victory behind a first-half goal from Bethany Balcer, who later left the game with an apparent injury. Head coach Laura Harvey addressed Balcer’s condition after the matchup, telling reporters she didn’t yet have an update.
Regarding the officiating, Harvey said the safety of all players became a concern.
“I thought it was a consistent theme throughout the game that both benches, both sets of players were concerned about the safety of their teammates,” Harvey said, “and, yeah, that’s probably as much as I should say.”
OL Reign star Jessica Fishlock also seemingly commented on the officiating, posting a leading Tweet following Saturday’s win.
“He who shall not be named ruined the game tonight … I KNOW y’all know,” wrote Fishlock. “Glad we pulled out the win in quite frankly a game that was allowed to lose control.”
he who shall not be named ruined the game tonight … I KNOW y’all know. Glad we pulled out the win in quite frankly a game that was allowed to lose control.— Jessica Fishlock MBE (@JessFishlock) June 19, 2022
he who shall not be named ruined the game tonight … I KNOW y’all know. Glad we pulled out the win in quite frankly a game that was allowed to lose control.
OL Reign heads into the international break with three points, buoying the club up to fourth in the NWSL standings with new additions, including Kim Little, Tobin Heath, and Jordan Huitema, set to join the team.