Reign FC announced Thursday that it has signed general manager and coach Laura Harvey to a four-year contract extension that will keep her with the team through the 2017 NWSL season.
Seattle went 5-14-3 in its inaugural season, showing significant improvement halfway through the year with U.S. national team stars Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe were available.
“Our goal is to build one of the world’s premier women’s soccer clubs,” said owner Bill Predmore in a news release. “Laura and I share a vision on how we can achieve that objective. We understand that such ambition requires a long-term perspective, stable leadership, consistency in our approach and a relentless drive to improve the club on and off the field. Laura is the right person to lead our efforts and I look forward to working with her in the coming years to build a club capable of delivering championships.”
Next season starts the weekend of April 12, 2014. Meanwhile the team has agreed to send a few players out on loan, including standout midfielder Jess Fishlock to Scotland’s Glasgow City LFC until the middle of November. Elli Reed and Renae Cuellar will also be on loan to clubs in Sweden over the offseason.
“I am grateful to the club for their support and belief in my vision for this organization,” Harvey said in the release. “I am committed to building something special in Seattle and, despite our results on the field this season, I think the organization is off to a great start. We’ve put the foundation in place and have a group of players that we can build around. I fully expect that the results of our hard work this year will show up on the pitch next season.”