SEATTLE,WA– Seattle Reign FC fans will have an opportunity to follow their favorites throughout the NWSL offseason as a number of Reign FC players are abroad on loan or putting in work with their respective national teams. Here’s a look at how Reign FC players fared with their respective teams last week.
W-League – Australia
Seattle Reign FC sent four players on loan to teams in Australia’s W-League. Keelin Winters joined the Western City Wanderers, Elli Reed andLauren Barnes signed with Melbourne Victory, and Kendall Fletcher will play for Canberra United.
Winters is currently the only Reign FC player that has debuted for her respective side, playing a full 90 minutes in both week one and week two match ups for the Wanderers. On September 13, the Wanderers fell to Canberra United 1-4 at home. On September 20, Winters netted a brace on the road for the Wanderers before falling 3-5 to the defending champions, Melbourne Victory.
Both Reed and Barnes are on their way to join Melbourne Victory, who are now 1-1 on the season going into week three. The added defensive depth of Reed and Barnes will help to round out the Victory’s line-up as they seek to defend their 2013 title.
Fletcher was unavailable for Canberra United’s 1-0 victory over Adelaide United on September 20.
Frauen Bundesliga – Germany
Jess Fishlock is all set with her new side FFC Frankfurt while Kate Deinesjoined Turbine Potsdam of the Frauen Bundesliga. The two sides met up on September 21 in a rivalry match that saw Potsdam emerge victorious, overcoming Frankfurt 2-1. Fishlock subbed into the match in the 65th minute while Deines was a late 90th minute sub to ensure the victory for the home side.
NATIONAL TEAM UPDATES
Wales Women’s National Team Falls to Ukraine
After getting settled at FFC Frankfurt, Fishlock took a quick trip to captain the Wales Women National Team in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. Despite a close match, the Welsh were defeated by a lone goal. With the loss, Wales were eliminated from FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 contention.
Scotland Women’s National Team World Cup Hopes Still Alive
Scotland’s leading scorer and 2014 NWSL MVP and Golden Boot recipient Kim Little earned her 100th cap with the Scotland Women’s National Team on September 13 as the squad secured a World Cup playoff spot for the first time with a resounding 9-0 victory over Faroe Islands. Though Scotland missed out on automatic qualification for the World Cup after their 2-0 loss to Sweden on September 17, the Scots still have a chance to book their ticket through a playoff race that includes two games against The Netherlands in late October. The winner will go on to a playoff final against either Italy or Ukraine, in late November.
U.S. Women’s National Team Carries Momentum Into World Cup Qualifiers
It was a busy week for the United States Women’s National Team as they rounded out their preparation for World Cup qualification with two friendlies against Mexico on September 13 and September 18. Through two matches, the USWNT scored a combined 12 goals, improved their 2014 record to 10-2-3 and featured four Reign FC players over the course of both games.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo secured two clean sheets and broke the USWNT shutouts record previously help by Briana Scurry. Solo now has 73 career shut outs and an all-time career record of 120-9-18.
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe started both matches, playing 60 and 45 minutes respectively. A main key in the 4-3-3 formation, Rapinoe notched a goal and an assist in the second game, bringing her to 27 career assists. Rapinoe is now in sole possession of 15th on the USWNT all-time list.
Forward Sydney Leroux entered the first game as a second half sub, playing 30 minutes and netting a goal. She also started the second game, playing 67 minutes total.
Defender Stephanie Cox started at right back for the USWNT in the first game against Mexico, playing the entire first half.
The USWNT will begin their campaign to secure a spot in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 when they take on Trinidad and Tobago in Kansas City on October 15.
W-League – Week 3
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Sydney FC – Saturday, September 27
Marconi Stadium, (3:00 p.m. AEST) 10:00 p.m. PT on Friday, September 26
Canberra United vs. Melbourne Victory – Sunday, September 28
McKellar Park, (3:00 p.m. AEST) 10:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, September 27