More big news from Reign FC came Monday.
The team has announced that U.S. women’s national star Megan Rapinoe has terminated her loan deal with France’s Lyon and will join Seattle for the entire 2014 NWSL season. Rapinoe had been set to return stateside over the summer, like she did last year, but will now be in town for the March 10 start of training camp.
“I am grateful to Lyon for the opportunity they provided me and I will certainly miss all of my teammates and coaches in France,” Rapinoe said in a news release. “I am excited to return to Seattle and play for an entire NWSL season. The league is the strongest in the world and Laura Harvey has assembled a world-class squad and created an environment in which I feel I can thrive.”
Rapinoe played just 12 of Seattle’s 22 games last season, but still scored a team-leading five goals to help lead a second-half resurgence. The Reign’s nine-game losing streak ended in her first game, which led to a six-game unbeaten streak.
Seattle was expected to have a bit of a slow start in 2013. That doesn’t appear to be the case this year, especially when you also consider the addition of USWNT forward Sydney Leroux.
“Megan is a brilliant player and a critical part of our squad,” Harvey said in the release. “We’re very happy that she’ll be in Seattle for the entire 2014 season and beyond.”