Reign FC is gearing up for Year 2 in the NWSL and sent out some offseason notes recently. Here are some highlights:
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— Forward Amy Rodriguez, a U.S. international who missed the 2013 season to start a family, is expected back for preseason in early 2014. She gave birth to her son, Ryan John Shilling, on Aug. 6, 2013, and has since resumed training.
— Three players have been called up by USWNT coach Tom Sermanni for four upcoming friendlies: goalkeeper Hope Solo, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Stephanie Cox. The games are against Australia (Oct. 20), New Zealand (Oct. 27 and 30) and Brazil (Nov. 10).
— The call-up is especially significant for Cox, a Gig Harbor resident, who also gave birth this past year. This is her first time back with the USWNT since May of 2012. “I am really excited about going in to camp with the U.S. team after being away for a year and a half,” said Cox, who has 82 caps, through her club team. “Being able to play in the last couple of games with the Reign really helped me gain some momentum in coming back from my pregnancy, and I am in a confident place headed to camp.”
— Australia has called up forward Emily Van Egmond for the Oct. 20 friendly against the U.S.
— In some on-loan updates, Rapinoe is back with Lyon in France, goalkeeper Michelle Betos is with Apollon Limassol LFC of Cyprus, defender Elli Reed is with Kristianstads DFF in Sweden, and midfielder Jess Fishlock is with Glasgow City LFC of Scotland. Rapinoe is expected back with Seattle in June but could play the whole 2015 season here.
— Fishlock was also named the Women’s Player of the Year by the Welsh FA the third straight time. She has played for four teams in 2013 was named to the NWSL Best XI.
— Season tickets for 2014 are available on the team website.
— In some last links, here is coach Laura Harvey last week on apparently interest in Solo from Manchester City, and it looks like Chicago will get one of Seattle’s to-be-allocated players to complete the Keelin Winters trade.