Here are a few items to pass along:
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— Reign FC signed defender Kendall Fletcher, who is currently finishing out the Australian W-League season with Canberra United. The deal with Seattle is for one season with a club option for 2015. Here is Laura Harvey, general manager and head coach, in a news release: “Kendall adds experience and depth to our backline and potentially our midfield as well. She has proven professional experience in America, Australia and in Europe, which could prove vital for us in the coming season.”
— U.S. women’s national team game against Russia on Wednesday has been pushed to Thursday. The game will be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, where there is a winter storm warning. Refunds will be available for those affected. Here is U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe in a release: “After thorough discussions, we decided the best course of action was to delay the match considering the challenges our fans would likely encounter due to the snow and icy conditions. Our goal is to always provide the best experience for the fans and postponing the match for 24 hours will provide the 14,000-plus individuals who already purchased tickets with the best opportunity to attend the match.”
— Corey Hertzog signs one-year deal with Orlando City SC of USL PRO. The forward had been selected by the Sounders in the MLS Re-Entry Draft, but the two sides never came to terms. Seattle retains his MLS rights, but Hertzog, 23, was free to sign anywhere outside the league. He had a brief trial in Sweden before signing with the Lions, who are set to join MLS in 2015.
— Also, the Portland Timbers have signed University of Washington product Taylor Peay after drafting the defender in the second round.
— Lastly, here is an interesting update from The Washington Post on negotiations between the referees’ union and the organization that manages officiating for MLS and U.S. Soccer, PRO.