Reign FC’s preseason is over following a pair of dominant wins over local college teams. With the season opener set for Sunday against the Boston Breakers, Seattle announced its final 20-player roster on Monday:
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GOALKEEPERS (2): Haley Kopmeyer, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (9): Lauren Barnes, Megan Brigman, Stephanie Cox, Kiersten Dallstream, Kate Deines, Kendall Fletcher, Amanda Frisbie, Carmelina Moscato, Elli Reed
MIDFIELERS (4): Jess Fishlock, Kim Little, Mariah Nogueira, Keelin Winters
FORWARDS (5): Danielle Foxhoven, Bev Goebel, Nahomi Kawasumi, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe
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Here are couple notes:
— Only 10 players remain from last season. The coaching staff returns in tact, though, as coach and general manager Laura Harvey got a four-year contract in the offseason. Sam Laity is assistant coach and former Sounder Ben Dragavon is goalkeeper coach.
— Top newcomers are USWNT star Sydney Leroux at forward, Scottish international midfielder Kim Little (formerly of Arsenal), and Japanese international forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi.
— Seattle signed two of its three draft picks: defender Amanda Frisbie (seventh overall out of the University of Portland) and defender Megan Brigman (17th overall out of the University of North Carolina).