TACOMA — After securing shutouts in consecutive games, Reign FC was feeling good about its defense heading into Sunday’s game against the Utah Royals FC.

SEATTLE — As if anticipation to secure a playoff berth wasn’t intense on its own, the Seattle Reign FC wasn’t certain it would play at all Tuesday night until an hour before it was set to face the Houston Dash.

SEATTLE — The Seattle Reign had a chance to clinch their first playoff bid since 2015 with a win in Wednesday’s home match against the Chicago Red Stars, but stingy defense and impressive goalkeeping on both sides ultimately led to a scoreless draw, likely delaying for a bit longer the Reign…

SEATTLE — With a new dance, Megan Rapinoe was back to her familiar scoring after missing the past three Seattle Reign FC matches with a left hamstring injury.

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Nahomi Kawasumi scored in the 90th minute and teammate Katie Johnson added another in the 92nd as the Seattle Reign stunned the Chicago Red Stars 2-1 in National Women’s Soccer League play Wednesday.

SEATTLE — Even when exhausted from a midweek match, Megan Rapinoe is the wrong player to hand a penalty kick.

SEATTLE — The Seattle Reign showcased its high powered offense in its 6-2 win last week, but the team could not reproduce that performance in Sunday’s match against the Orlando Pride at Memorial Stadium.

SEATTLE — Longtime Seattle Reign and U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, who is currently suspended from the USWNT and missed the final few games of the NWSL season, has undergone shoulder replacement surgery, the player announced Wednesday on her Facebook account.

BOYDS, Md. — The Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe from kneeling again during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than “subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent.”

Megan Rapinoe, who is coming off December knee surgery, has been named to the national team roster for the Rio Games along with Carli Lloyd, who has scored in the gold-medal winning final for the United States in the last two Olympics.

SEATTLE — Wage discrimination is a “tough” issue, Reign midfielder Keelin Winters mused aloud Tuesday in the wake of last week’s action filed by five women’s national-team stars against the U.S. Soccer Federation.