SEATTLE, WA – Dec. 5, 2013 – Seattle Reign FC announced today the club has acquired forward Beverly Goebel on loan from INAC Kobe Leonessa of the Japanese Nadeshiko League. The Moreno Valley, Calif. native will return to the United States and join Seattle for their 2014 NWSL campaign.
Goebel spent the past two seasons with Japanese side INAC Kobe Leonessa where she played along side former FIFA World Player of the Year Homare Sawa as well as Japanese international midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi, the MVP of the Nadeshiko League in 2013. In 2013 Goebel scored 15 goals in 15 appearances to help INAC Kobe Leonessa win their third consecutive league title. Those 15 goals earned her the league’s Golden Boot Award and a spot on the Nadeshiko League Best XI.
“I am extremely excited to join Seattle Reign FC for the 2014 season and I am so thankful for the opportunity to participate in the NWSL,” Goebel said. “I think very highly of Seattle as an organization and their mission for the 2014 NWSL season. I’m looking forward to a new experience and cannot wait to meet my new teammates and the Reign FC staff.”
Height: 5′ 7″
Hometown: Moreno Valley, Calif.
Last Club: INAC Kobe Leonessa
College: University of Miami
Goebel completed her college career at the University of Miami with seven goals and nine assists over the course of three seasons. Goebel captained the Hurricanes in her senior season, scoring three goals with two assists. She spent her freshman season at Sacramento State where she scored two goals, adding six assists.
In 2010, Goebel was selected by the Western New York Flash as the No. 27 overall pick in the WPS Draft. She scored one goal and tallied one assist in their championship season in 2011. She departed for INAC Kobe Leonessa when the WPS folded in 2012.
“Having played against INAC Kobe in our inaugural match we had a great opportunity to see Bev in action—she is a dynamic, powerful forward that knows how to find the goal,” Reign FC coach and general manager Laura Harvey said. “We immediately knew that Bev would be a massive addition to our club, so we made it a priority to find a way to bring her to Seattle for the 2014 season. We are very appreciative of INAC Kobe for their willingness to allow the loan to occur. They are one of the world’s great football clubs and we are honored by our association with them.”
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Goebel started and grabbed a goal for INAC Kobe Leonessa in their 3-0 win against Chilean side Colo Colo in the semifinal match of the Mobcast Cup on Wed, Dec 4. Her last match with INAC Kobe before joining Reign FC will be this Sun, Dec 8 in the Mobcast Cup championship match against English side Chelsea Ladies FC. Goebel was a member of the 2012 INAC Kobe team that finished as runners-up to French club Olympique Lyonnais in the inaugural Mobcast Cup.
Season tickets for the 2014 Seattle Reign FC season are now available for purchase at http://www.ReignFC.com. Early-bird season ticket pricing ends Dec. 17, 2013. Fans who purchase tickets by that date will receive a printable greeting card with a custom video greeting from a Reign FC player!