NWSL Week 4: Can OL Reign exact revenge on the Spirit?

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The NWSL is back in action Saturday, with all 12 teams taking the pitch over the weekend.

Three storylines to watch

OL Reign seeks redemption

OL Reign will take on the Spirit for the third time in less than a month Sunday after falling to Washington in the Challenge Cup semifinal and the regular-season opener.

The Spirit enter the matchup on just three days’ rest, while OL Reign hasn’t taken the pitch in 10 days. With zero wins to their name, the Reign will look to improve their 0-2-1 record and clinch their first regular-season victory of the year.

Rose Lavelle will be critical for OL Reign, pulling the strings of the club’s midfield and springing the team’s quick transition.

Sunday’s contest will be a must-win for the Reign at home at Lumen Field.

KC Current and North Carolina look for first wins

Kansas City and North Carolina both had promising Challenge Cup showings, but both clubs have failed to register a win in the regular season.

The Courage have been without key players as the team has several starters in COVID-19 protocols. North Carolina will look to get its season back on track when it hosts San Diego at WakeMed on Sunday.

Kansas City has also struggled in its start to the regular season after being shut out twice and playing to a 2-2 draw with the Pride last Saturday. The Current will look to shore up some of their defensive issues and put together a comprehensive performance Saturday when they play Angel City FC.

Can the veterans keep it up?

San Diego’s Alex Morgan and ACFC’s Christen Press have kicked off the regular season with impressive performances, leading their clubs to the top of the NWSL table.

Morgan leads the league in goals with five, energizing the Wave’s attack and lifting the team to three wins so far on the season.

Press has similarly anchored Angel City’s frontline, leading the club to two wins, including one over the reigning NWSL champion Washington Spirit.

Week 4 schedule

  • Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash, Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on Twitch
  • Angel City vs. Kansas City Current, Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET on Twitch
  • North Carolina vs. San Diego Wave FC, Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on Paramount+
  • NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Racing Louisville FC, Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on Paramount+
  • OL Reign vs. Washington Spirit, Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on Paramount+
  • Orlando Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on Paramount+