Reign FC sent out a news release with a bunch of end-of-the-year notes Friday plus a trailer for an upcoming short film by LEVYfilms (posted above, full release coming later in the year). Here’s a recap of the team news and all the quotes are provided by the team…
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— Here is owner Bill Predmore looking back on Year 1: “Despite the disappointing results on the field I view the season as a tremendous start for our club and for the league. From the beginning we’ve been focused on building a club and a league that can endure, so we’ve known that sacrifice would be required and we would encounter adversity along the way. Although we faced many challenging times this season, the entire club – players, coaches and staff – stayed together and remained focused on its goal: to build a world-class women’s football club. I expect this commitment will be rewarded in the future, as the decisions and investments we made this season created a foundation upon which our long-term success will be built.”
— Midfielder Jess Fishlock was named team MVP, as awarded by the coaching staff. She started 21 games and had four goals: “I am honored to have been selected as team MVP. Playing in Seattle has been a tremendous experience. I look forward to returning to the club in March and working hard to bring Seattle a championship in 2014.”
— Midfielder Megan Rapinoe earned the Golden Boot with a team-high five goals in just 12 games. She joined the team on June 23 due to a loan deal with France’s Lyon, and she will be heading back to the French club until midway through the 2014 season: “I had a fantastic time playing for Reign FC this season and am looking forward to returning to the club next June. I am impressed by the league and the organization that (GM/coach Laura Harvey) is putting together — it is clear she is building a club that will be very competitive in the NWSL next season and beyond. However, I am at a stage in my career where returning to Lyon and playing in the Champions League is an opportunity that I cannot pass up.”
— Here is Harvey on the Rapinoe news: “While we would love to have Megan for the entire 2014 NWSL season, we are supportive of her move back to Lyon, as we know it is something that is personally very important to her. Megan is a special player and has made a massive impact on our club. We know we’ll miss her quality at the beginning of next season, but given our long-term view we believe such a sacrifice was warranted, as we expect Megan will be with us for the entire 2015 and 2016 NWSL seasons. We wish Megan and Lyon the best in their upcoming season.”
— Rookie midfielder Christine Nairn (who led the team with five assists) and defender Lauren Barnes (awarded Defender of the Year) were the only players to start all 22 games.
— Assistant coach Sam Laity and goalkeeping coach Ben Dragavon will be retained for the 2014 season.
— The team had two sellouts, July 14 vs. the Washington Spirit and Aug. 17 vs. Portland.
— Training camp for next season is set to begin March 10, 2014, and the opening NWSL games will be played in early April. Those set to return for Reign FC include: Hope Solo, Rapinoe (midway through), Nairn and Fishlock.
— Said Harvey: “While our season has ended our work has not stopped. We have already engaged in discussions with several current players regarding their return next season. In addition, U.S. WNT forward Amy Rodriguez will join the club and we expect to be aggressive in our pursuit of players we believe can move the club forward.”
— Lastly, from Predmore: “I think we can be proud of what we’ve achieved thus far, but we must remain obsessively focused on improving the club on and off the field. Seattle deserves a championship team and we will not rest until we’ve delivered.”