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New Jersey Club Seeks Season Sweep of Seattle Reign FC
Sky Blue FC (2-3-3, 9 points) will return to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) action on Sunday evening, hosting Seattle Reign FC (3-3-2, 11 points) at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. Kickoff for the match is slated for 6:00 p.m. ET, as part of the team’s 2016 Pride Night.
For every ticket that is purchased online for Sunday's Pride Night using the code PRIDE, Sky Blue FC will be donating $5 to Equality Florida's GoFundMe to support victims of the shootings that occurred this past weekend in Orlando. Ahead of the opening whistle on Sunday, Sky Blue FC will also be observing a moment of silence in memory of those who were lost in the senseless tragedy.
“Preparation for Seattle has gone very well,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “We are very familiar with what they can do and how dangerous they are, and we fully respect them. We enter this weekend after two solid performances where we overcame deficits, and the focus is to add a level of consistency to our overall execution. If we can do that, we are very confident that we will get the three points on Sunday, which is what we need as we move forward.”
Sky Blue FC is unbeaten in each of its past two matches, erasing one-goal debts in both games to eventually earn a 1-1 draw. Last weekend, the New Jersey club welcomed two-time defending NWSL champion FC Kansas City into Yurcak Field, with midfielder Sarah Killion converting a penalty kick in the 30th minute to level the hard-fought contest.
Sunday night marks the second and final meeting of the 2016 regular season between Sky Blue FC and Seattle. In their first encounter, the two sides played during NWSL Opening Weekend at Memorial Stadium, a place where Seattle had been unbeaten over the previous two years. After 90 contested minutes and a pair of goals from Tasha Kai and Kelly Conheeney, Sky Blue FC emerged victorious, 2-1, to hand Seattle its first-ever defeat at the venue.
Seattle enters this weekend on the heels of earning a 1-0 road result over the Houston Dash, with midfielder Havana Solaun registering the lone tally of the pairing. The outcome elevated them to 11 points on the season, two ahead of Sky Blue FC.
The all-time series between these two clubs is level at 3-3-3 in nine fixtures, while Seattle actually holds a 2-1-1 advantage at Yurcak Field. Sky Blue FC has recorded a goal in 10 consecutive home matches, which is currently the second-longest active streak in the league. However, the New Jersey side will have to overcome a Seattle defense that has only yielded two tallies in three road games this season.
As previously mentioned, Sky Blue FC will be donating $5 for every ticket that is purchased online to Sunday's Pride Night using the code PRIDE, benefitting Equality Florida's GoFundMe to support victims of the shootings that occurred this past weekend in Orlando. Fans can also purchase tickets by calling the Sky Blue FC sales line at 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).
Fans traveling to Yurcak Field on Sunday night are all eligible to receive a free Uber ride, courtesy of The Pride Center of New Jersey and Uber. Additionally, all fans who eat at Quaker Steak & Lube in Edison before the game will receive free parking for the match.
Half-season, flex and individual tickets for Sky Blue FC are all on sale! For any questions regarding tickets, call the Sky Blue FC tickets department at 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849), and a team representative will be happy to assist you.
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