December 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM
Reign FC appears to be the busiest sports team out there, and here is a brief rundown of three more transaction in the past week or so:
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— Seattle has acquired forward Beverly Goebel on a year-long loan for INAC Kobe Leonessa, champion of the Japanese Nadeshiko League. The California native led the league with 15 goals in 15 games this past season and was named to its Best XI. Goebel, 25, in a University of Miami product who played for the Western New York Flash in Women’s Professional Soccer and went to Japan when the league folded.
— Also announced Thursday was a trade that sent forward Liz Bogus to FC Kansas City for a second-round pick (No. 15 overall) in the 2014 college draft. The teams also swapped third-round picks. Bogus was selected No. 26 overall in the 2013 supplemental draft and played 20 games this past season, scoring once and collecting two assists. The Reign currently holds the picks at No. 9, 15 and 26 in the Jan. 17 draft.
— In a move announced last week while I was on vacation, Seattle acquired forward Danielle Foxhoven from Portland in exchange for forward Jess McDonald and the rights to midfielder Rebecca Moros from the Reign’s discovery list. Foxhoven, a University of Portland product, played 21 games for the Thorns, starting eight, and scored four goals, including two game-winners. McDonald, acquired off waivers, scored three goals and had an assist in seven games for Seattle in 2013.
November 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM
Reign FC announced Monday that it has signed three defenders to new contracts for the 2014 season: Lauren Barnes, Kiersten Dallstream and Kate Deines. Seattle has options on all three for 2015.
Per club and league policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Barnes started all 22 games last season, one of two Reign players to do so. She led the team with 1,950 minutes played — missing only 30 — and was named the club’s Defender of the Year. (Here is Laura Harvey, general manager and coach, in a news release: “I couldn’t be more excited to have Barnes back on the team. She was invaluable to have in our backline in 2013. She has the ability to make others around her better and will be a vital part of our team going forward.”)
Dallstream started 14 of 20 games last season for 1,296 minutes. She signed as a discovery player in March having previously played for the Boston Breakers and Sky Blue FC in Women’s Professional Soccer (Harvey: “Kiersten had a breakout 2013 season, proving she could play at this level. Her versatility, athleticism, and pace caused the opposition problems all season. We hope to see more of this in 2014.”)
Deines, a local product, started 11 of her 17 games for 979 minutes. The Issaquah native and former University of Washington standout signed in February having also played for the Atlanta Beat and Sounders Women (Harvey: “Kate is a local girl who has proven to be a favorite of the fans. She had a tough 2013 season due to injuries, but she finished the season strong and we hope this form can continue into 2014.”)
November 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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.
November 18, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Reign FC hasn’t been afraid to make moves in its short history as an NWSL franchise, and Monday’s trade for U.S. women’s national team star Sydney Leroux might have been its biggest to date.
On the other end of the league-shaking transaction, Seattle sent newly acquired Kristie Mewis, backup goalkeeper Michelle Betos and two draft picks to the Boston Breakers.
Leroux, a British Columbia native, had played for the Sounders Women in the star-studded summer of 2012. The dynamic forward joins Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe as the Reign’s U.S. allocated players.
“This will be a big change for me, but one I am really excited about,” Leroux said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to getting the chance to play for Laura Harvey and be a part of what she’s building in Seattle. I truly enjoyed my time in Boston and I want to thank the Breakers fans for all their support. I have a lot of great memories from time with the club. Now I’m looking forward to being closer to my family in the Pacific Northwest.”
Last year, Leroux had 11 goals (tied for second in the league) and two assists in 19 games with Boston. Four of those goals were game winners.
This year, Leroux had 10 goals for the national team (three in her last two games). The UCLA product has 24 international goals overall.
“Sydney Leroux is one of the world’s best forwards,” said Laura Harvey, general manager and coach, in the release. “She is a young, extraordinary talent with unlimited upside. Sydney will be the consistent goal-scoring threat that we struggled to find last season.“
The picks involved in the trade at Seattle’s first- and second-round selections in the 2015 NWSL College Draft. Mewis, a U.S. international, was acquired in an offseason trade last month with Kansas City and, thus, never played for Seattle. Betos started seven games for the Reign last year when Solo was out injured.
“Despite playing behind Hope for much of last season, Michelle Betos was a major part of our club,” Harvey said in the release. “She was a tireless worker, an incredible teammate and a player any coach would want on their club.”
Just before announcing the move, Reign FC tweeted out the phrase: “Audaces fortuna juvat.”
That translates from Latin to, “Fortune favors the bold.”
Bold indeed, and it sounds like there is more to come.
“At the end of last season we crafted a comprehensive plan to reshape our roster with the intent of building a squad capable of competing at the highest level,” said owner Bill Predmore in the release. “The trade for Sydney is a massive step in the right direction, but only one of several moves we intend to make before the start of the season. Our supporters should expect more good news in the days and weeks ahead.”
I'm very excited to be joining @SeattleReignFC and to be going home!
— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) November 18, 2013
November 11, 2013 at 7:48 PM
Admittedly, it’s been hard to keep up with Reign FC’s offseason moves during the MLS playoffs, but better late than never when catching up with the local NWSL team.
Seattle has certainly been active as it approaches Year 2.
Here is a rundown…
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— In the biggest move, and one of the biggest the league has seen recently, the Reign traded forward Amy Rodriguez to FC Kansas City for forward Kristie Mewis, a swap of U.S. internationals. Rodriguez missed the entire 2013 season as she was starting a family. Mewis was the No. 3 overall pick in the last college draft and started for the USWNT in Sunday’s 4-1 win against Brazil. It could be a defining move for the upcoming campaign. “Kristie is a young, bright and talented player who we feel can benefit our long-term plan,” said Laura Harvey, head coach and general manager, in a news release. “She has proven that she can be a high-level player in this environment and we feel we have the structure to help push Kristie to the next level.”
— Midfielder Keelin Winters, 24, signed a two-year deal through the 2015 season. The team captain had been a U.S. allocated player last year, but won’t be in the near future. Winters was acquired last season in a trade with Chicago, meaning the Red Stars will get a future U.S. allocated player from Seattle. “I am 100-percent committed to helping (owner) Bill Predmore and Laura Harvey build a world-class football club here at home in Seattle,” she said in a release.
October 23, 2013 at 5:48 PM
Reign FC made a move Wednesday to bolster its midfield depth, acquiring Mariah Nogueira from the Boston Breakers in exchange third-round picks in the 2014 and 2015 NWSL college drafts.
Despite giving up on the No. 18 overall pick, Seattle will still draft at No. 9, 23 and 26 coming up in January.
Boston had drafted Nogueira with the 13th pick before this past season, and she appeared in 20 games (16 starts) and had three goals and one assist.
“I’m grateful for everything the Boston Breakers provided me in my first professional season and am excited for the new challenge and growth potential that Seattle offers,” Nogueira said in a team release. “I have confidence in and am honored to be able to work with Seattle Reign’s staff, players, and fans in building towards a successful season.”
Nogueira, 22, has history on the West Coast, having grown up in Westminster, Calif., and starting four years for Stanford.
Reign coach Laura Harvey said in the release that Nogueira will provide depth behind Jess Fishlock and Keelin Winters next season: “We saw the impact Mariah can make on a match, so we’re excited to add her to our squad as we seek to make significant improvements to the results we achieved last season.”
October 10, 2013 at 9:00 PM
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.
September 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Reign FC has stayed busy in the offseason.
The team announced Tuesday that it has traded Kaylyn Kyle to the Boston Breakers in exchange for fellow Canadian international Carmelina Moscato, a defender.
Kyle played 1,752 minutes in 21 games for Seattle this past season, scoring three goals (all on penalty kicks). A natural midfielder, she also played for the Reign as a center back starting May 19 against Sky Blue FC.
According to a team release, Moscato and Kyle are among the group of Canadian players that will be allocated to NWSL clubs in 2014.
“Kaylyn was a terrific player for us and did a fantastic job when asked to move to the back line early in the season,” said Laura Harvey, coach and general manager, in the release. “The trade for Carm was a difficult decision, as Kaylyn was a leader on the club and a consistent presence for us on the pitch. We felt this swap will allow Kaylyn to return to her natural position on the pitch and will give Carm the chance to make an impact on the field each week.”
Moscato, 29, began the season with the Chicago Red Stars and played five games. She was traded to Boston on June 29 for Adriana Leon, another Canadian international, and played five more games for the Breakers.
A Penn State product, Moscato earned a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics with the national team, where she has played 78 games since 2002.
August 23, 2013 at 9:01 PM
Reign FC sent out a news release with a bunch of end-of-the-year notes Friday plus a trailer for an upcoming short film by LEVYfilms (posted above, full release coming later in the year). Here’s a recap of the team news and all the quotes are provided by the team…
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— Here is owner Bill Predmore looking back on Year 1: “Despite the disappointing results on the field I view the season as a tremendous start for our club and for the league. From the beginning we’ve been focused on building a club and a league that can endure, so we’ve known that sacrifice would be required and we would encounter adversity along the way. Although we faced many challenging times this season, the entire club – players, coaches and staff – stayed together and remained focused on its goal: to build a world-class women’s football club. I expect this commitment will be rewarded in the future, as the decisions and investments we made this season created a foundation upon which our long-term success will be built.”
— Midfielder Jess Fishlock was named team MVP, as awarded by the coaching staff. She started 21 games and had four goals: “I am honored to have been selected as team MVP. Playing in Seattle has been a tremendous experience. I look forward to returning to the club in March and working hard to bring Seattle a championship in 2014.”
— Midfielder Megan Rapinoe earned the Golden Boot with a team-high five goals in just 12 games. She joined the team on June 23 due to a loan deal with France’s Lyon, and she will be heading back to the French club until midway through the 2014 season: “I had a fantastic time playing for Reign FC this season and am looking forward to returning to the club next June. I am impressed by the league and the organization that (GM/coach Laura Harvey) is putting together — it is clear she is building a club that will be very competitive in the NWSL next season and beyond. However, I am at a stage in my career where returning to Lyon and playing in the Champions League is an opportunity that I cannot pass up.”
August 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Reign FC announced Thursday that it has signed general manager and coach Laura Harvey to a four-year contract extension that will keep her with the team through the 2017 NWSL season.
Seattle went 5-14-3 in its inaugural season, showing significant improvement halfway through the year with U.S. national team stars Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe were available.
“Our goal is to build one of the world’s premier women’s soccer clubs,” said owner Bill Predmore in a news release. “Laura and I share a vision on how we can achieve that objective. We understand that such ambition requires a long-term perspective, stable leadership, consistency in our approach and a relentless drive to improve the club on and off the field. Laura is the right person to lead our efforts and I look forward to working with her in the coming years to build a club capable of delivering championships.”
Next season starts the weekend of April 12, 2014. Meanwhile the team has agreed to send a few players out on loan, including standout midfielder Jess Fishlock to Scotland’s Glasgow City LFC until the middle of November. Elli Reed and Renae Cuellar will also be on loan to clubs in Sweden over the offseason.
“I am grateful to the club for their support and belief in my vision for this organization,” Harvey said in the release. “I am committed to building something special in Seattle and, despite our results on the field this season, I think the organization is off to a great start. We’ve put the foundation in place and have a group of players that we can build around. I fully expect that the results of our hard work this year will show up on the pitch next season.”
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