Since I’m on a little vacation break, here is the Reign FC news release on a trade Wednesday that sent Christine Nairn to the Washington Spirit for the discovery rights to Arsenal star Kim Little, a Scottish international.
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Reign FC release
Seattle Reign FC has acquired the discovery rights to midfielder Kim Little in a trade that sent Christine Nairn to the Washington Spirit.
Reign FC subsequently signed Little to a one-year agreement covering the 2014 NWSL season with a club option for the 2015 season. Per club and league policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Scotland international joins Reign FC after spending six years with Arsenal LFC, where she put up record-breaking goal totals.
Little scored a staggering 47 goals for Arsenal across all competitions and was named the Players’ Player of the Year in 2010. In 2012, she tallied 25 goals in 23 matches, a feat that earned her Women’s Player of the Year honors from the Professional Footballers’ Association (finishing just ahead of Jess Fishlock, who was runner-up in the voting). Little has netted a club-record 27 goals in just 37 career appearances in European competitions.
Reign FC coach and GM Laura Harvey worked with Little during her time as Arsenal’s coach from 2010-2012. The two collected six trophies together, including three league titles and the 2011 FA Women’s Cup. Little was named player of the match after the cup final, scoring the winning goal in a 2-0 win against Bristol Academy.
“I’m very excited to join Reign FC and play for Laura again,” Little said. “We were very successful at Arsenal and hopefully we can be just as successful in Seattle.”
“Kim is world-class. Her talent and proven experience will be a huge asset for our team in the coming seasons,” Harvey said. “Having coached Kim for nearly four years, I have no doubt that her creativity and goal-scoring ability will prove an exciting proposition for the NWSL.”
Kim Little also brings a wealth of National Team experience to Reign FC. Little has been a member of the Scottish Women’s National team since 2007, and she was a member of the Great Britain team for the 2012 London Olympics. Her first Scotland National Team goal came in 2008 against Russia, and she now has 30 goals in 86 appearances across all competitions.
“First and foremost, the NWSL is the best league in the world with the best players,” Little said. “I’m looking forward to training with the team every day and experiencing a much quicker speed of play.”
Washington received Christine Nairn, who was selected as the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NWSL College Draft by Reign FC. She started all 22 games for Seattle in the 2013 NWSL season, playing 1,926 minutes. The midfielder finished the season with three goals and five assists, leading the team with eight points.
“It’s hard to lose a player with Christine’s potential,” Harvey said. “She is an excellent player with an exciting future. However, with the recent changes to the roster we felt this may impact Christine’s development and playing time.”
Season tickets for the 2014 Seattle Reign FC season are now available for purchase at www.reignfc.com
Height: 5′ 4″
Hometown: Aberdeen, Scotland
Last Club: Arsenal (FA WSL)