OL Reign and Seattle Sounders Announce Historic Doubleheader

By: Max O'Neill
Posted: June 14, 2021

OL Reign and the Seattle Sounders have issued a joint press release announcing a single admission double header to take place on August 29 at Lumen Field, the shared stadium. OL Reign will face the Portland Thorns before the MLS’ Seattle Sounders play the Portland Timbers. The NWSL’s Reign-Thorns game will take place at 4:30 PM PT with the Sounders-Thunder game taking place after the conclusion of that game at 7:30 PM PT. 

The unique double bill is touted as “the chance to see top footballers from the men’s and women’s game including multiple members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, who will be returning to the NWSL after representing their country at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.” 

OL Reign CEO Bill Predmore released a statement about the upcoming game.

“We are deeply appreciative of our partnership with the Sounders and thank (Sounders owner) Adrian (Hanauer) and his staff for their tireless effort to make this event a reality. It will be a special moment for our players, our club, our supporters, and I hope for everybody in the Pacific Northwest,” Predmore said. “We have assembled a special group of players this season, so I am thrilled a new group of fans will be introduced to our team, and I am excited that our players will be able to experience one of the most extraordinary soccer environments in our country.”

Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer touted this game as an opportunity to show off the Pacific Northwest and its fans in hopes of hosting games in the 2026 World Cup scheduled to take place in the United States. 

“As Seattle continues to make its case as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, this event provides a perfect platform to showcase the passion of the fans in the region, our amazing stadium, and the city’s position as one of the best sports sites in the country,” Hanauer said. “As we look ahead to increasing stadium capacity and welcoming larger crowds back to Lumen Field as the summer progresses, I can think of no better way of doing so than by gathering together to support both OL Reign and Sounders FC on the same night.” 

At the time of this publication, the Sounders sit in first place in the Supporter’s Shield Race with a 5-0-3 record, while the OL Reign sit in eighth position in the NWSL standings with a record of 1-2-1. 

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