SEATTLE,WA— (club release) – Seattle Reign FC opened preseason training camp on Monday, March 9, as they gear up for the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. Season tickets, half-season packages and single-match tickets to the opening match on April 12 against Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash are on sale now. All 2015 single match tickets go on sale Monday, March 16.
General Manager and Head Coach Laura Harvey will return for her third season at the helm. The team will once again train and play home matches at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
Preseason camp includes a 30-player roster of 11 returning members from the 2014 team, two off-season acquisitions, and 17 trailists.
Stephanie Cox, who was a 2014 U.S. Women’s National Team allocated player, signed a new contract with the club in January after it was announced that she would not be allocated in 2015. The club also reached agreement with Beverly Yanez (née Goebel), who was on loan to Reign FC in 2014 from the Japanese side INAC Kobe Leonessa. Bev was a key attacker in 2014, playing in 24 matches (21 starts) and picking up five goals and four assists.
With the return of Cox, Seattle’s core defensive unit that allowed a league low of 20 goals in 2014 will remain intact with Lauren Barnes, Kendall Fletcher, and Elli Reed also returning this season.
Reign FC’s preseason roster once again features captain and midfielder Keelin Winters, midfielder Mariah Nogueira, defender Amanda Frisbie, goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer, forward Kiersten Dallstream, and forward Dani Foxhoven.
In November, Reign FC acquired forward Merritt Mathias from FC Kansas City in exchange for defender Kate Deines and two draft picks to the 2015 NWSL College Draft. Shortly after, the club also signed defender Michelle Cruz. Cruz who graduated from the University of Portland in 2014, most recently played with Apollon Limassol F.C. in the Cypriot First Division.
The 30-player roster also includes Reign FC’s 2015 NWSL College draft picks, midfielder Havana Solaun from Florida and defender Kendall Romine from Stanford.
USWNT members Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, and Megan Rapinoe will join Reign FC in April following their participation in the Algarve Cup this month in Portugal. The NWSL’s 2014 League MVP and Golden Boot winner Kim Little will join the team on March 15 following the conclusion of the Cyprus Cup. Fellow Scottish National Team member defender Rachel Corsie will arrive in camp on March 21.
Jess Fishlock will also remain a key part of Reign FC’s lineup and will join the team on April 2 with the conclusion of her loan to German side FFC Frankfurt. Fishlock started in all 22 of her appearances in 2014, scored four goals, and led the league with eight assists.
Danish National Team midfielder Katrine Veje will join Reign FC on July 1 immediately after the conclusion of her current contract with Brøndby IF of Denmark’s Elitedivisionen.
Reign FC will play its first friendly of the preseason against the University of Portland at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex at Merlo Field in Portland on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m PT. The team will return to play an exhibition match against the University of Washington at Memorial Stadium on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. PT.
The previously announced March 13 exhibition match against Seattle University has been cancelled at the request of Seattle University.
Reign FC Preseason Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Gurveen Clair*, Haley Kopmeyer, Hope Solo – NYR, Caroline Stanley*
DEFENDERS (10): Lauren Barnes, Rachel Corsie – NYR, Stephanie Cox, Michelle Cruz, Kendall Fletcher, Holly Hein*, Kimberley Marshall*, Elli Reed, Kendall Romine*, Bree Rowe*
MIDFIELDERS (10): Dyanne Anderson*, Daniela Andrade*, Jess Fishlock – NYR, Hannah Kimsey*, Kim Little – NYR, Mariah Nogueira, Havana Solaun*, Alex Quincey*, Megan Rapinoe – NYR, Keelin Winters
FORWARDS (13): Kiersten Dallstream, Mele French*, Amanda Frisbie, Danielle Foxhoven, Jo Houplin*, Sydney Leroux – NYR, Merritt Mathias, Lyndsey Patterson*, Jaclyn Softli*, Ashlie Stokes*, Katrine Veje – NYR, Allie Wisner*, Beverly Yanez
*Denotes non-rostered trialist | NYR = Not Yet Reported
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