SEATTLE, WA– (club release) The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the official list of allocated players for the 2015 NWSL regular season. A total of 42 allocated National Team players will be participating in the upcoming season, including 25 Americans, 13 Canadians and four Mexicans.
Once again, the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and U.S. Soccer will be subsidizing the salaries of their respective players. While the three federations are planning to host extended training camps and events prior to the start of the World Cup, they have agreed to release their players to participate from the start of the 2015 season.
Seattle Reign FC will feature three allocated players on its roster this season, all from the United States. Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo, both part of Reign FC’s original allocation prior to the start of the 2013 season, will be returning for their third season with the club. Forward Sydney Leroux, who was acquired in a trade with Boston prior to the start of last season, will return to Seattle as well.
In 2014, Rapinoe, who was hampered by injuries for much of the season, played in nine matches, starting six. Pinoe had four goals and one assist in the regular season, along with a game-winning goal in the NWSL Semifinal and the lone goal for Reign FC in the NWSL Championship Match. Goalkeeper Hope Solo had an outstanding year, playing and starting in 20 matches with a record of 13-2-5, including five shutouts and a GAA of .90. Forward Sydney Leroux had a solid first season with Reign FC, playing in 22 matches with 21 starts. Leroux netted five goals for the campaign, including four game-winning goals.
U.S. Soccer has elected not to allocate defender Stephanie Cox, despite Cox playing a major role in the stingiest defense in the NWSL last season. Cox was signed by Seattle in 2013 and became an allocated player prior to the start of the 2014 NWSL season. Rights to Cox remain with Reign FC.
“We believe Steph is the best left back in the NWSL and remains one of the best in the world,” said Reign FC general manager and head coach Laura Harvey. “Although she won’t be allocated, we are confident she will be back in a Reign uniform for the 2015 season.”
Defender Carmelina Moscato was not allocated by the Canadian Soccer Association and will not be returning to Reign FC for the 2015 season. Seattle acquired Moscato in a trade with Boston prior to the start of the 2014 season. Moscato was injured for most of the 2014 campaign, playing only 12 minutes in one match for the club.
“Despite injuries that kept her off the pitch, Carm was brilliant with the team and will be missed by everybody in the organization,” said Harvey. “We hope to find a way to bring Carm back in the future, but given the constraints of the roster and salary cap, and considering the substantial time we expect internationals that are participating in the World Cup to be away, we could not make it work this season.”
Reign FC will open the 2015 season at home on Sunday, April 12 against Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash. Season ticket packages for Seattle’s upcoming season start at just $195. Fans looking to purchase tickets can call (855) REIGN-FC or visit ReignFC.com today.