Kim Little, Queen of Cascadia with FIFA 16
On Reign FC Matchday, one can mosey around Seattle Center and see children and adults adorned with paper crowns made to look like the one that dons the Seattle Reign crest. This crown imagery is a focal point of the club’s young identity, showing up on shirts, balls, stickers and jackets.
And on a day like last Sunday, if you squint really hard, you might see one on the head of Reign FC midfielder Kim Little, a woman without peer in the glorious kingdom of Cascadia.
Since arriving in Seattle prior to the start of the 2014 season, Little has simply ruled. During her first campaign, Little scored 16 goals in 25 appearances, capturing NWSL MVP honors and winning the Golden Boot award.
But when facing Seattle’s natural rival to the South, Little’s game has been very big indeed. In five career matches against the Portland Thorns, Little has racked up four assists and three goals, two being game-winners.
A full damage report from Little’s 2014 bonfire can be found here, but in synopsis form: The Scot got into the heads of Thorns defenders early (or late, depending on the point of view) and hasn’t looked back since. In her first encounter with the Thorns on May 10 during the 2014 season, Little scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute to silence the crowd at Providence Park and give Reign FC its first win over Portland.
A little more than a month later on July 27, Little ran rampant through the Portland defense, notching a goal and two assists in Reign FC’s 5–0 win over the Thorns.
Fast forward to last week and Little would again come up big at Providence Park. On July 22 in front of a league record crowd of 21,144, the Scot scored the game’s only goal in the 57th minute, surging through the Thorns backline before tucking her shot past goalkeeper Michelle Betos.
Reign FC would meet the Thorns for the Cascadia clash rematch five days later, this time in the pleasant company of the Space Needle. Despite Portland’s best attempts, Little had her hand in the first two goals of the match. In the 38th minute, Little played a perfectly weighted through ball that sprung Jessica Fishlock in behind the defense for the first goal of the game. And she made it look so easy.
Moments into the second half Little would again get on the score sheet. With plenty of time and space, Little sent a cross into the box that connected with the head of Beverly Yanez for the second goal in Reign FC’s eventual 3–0 win over Portland.
The rate at which Little is racking up points for Reign FC is unprecedented in the short history of the NWSL’s Cascadia contest. Christine Sinclair’s three goals (all scored in the 2013 season) and one assist are admirable, though those totals are spread over nine rivalry matches. Ditto could be said for her attacking partner Alex Morgan, who has two goals to her name against the Emerald City. Even combined, two of the most respected attacking threats in their sport struggle to make the same impact as Cascadia’s Queen.http://www.fifa16guides.com/kim-little-queen-of-cascadia-with-fifa-16/http://www.fifa16guides.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/7.jpeghttp://www.fifa16guides.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/7-300x300.jpegFIFA 16FIFA 16 News,FIFA 16 Skills,Women World Cup