Seattle Reign FC takes a pause from its National Women’s Soccer League season on Thursday for a friendly against Arsenal Ladies FC of England. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center.
The game will reunite Reign coach Laura Harvey with the club she managed from 2010-2012.
Reign midfielder Kim Little played for Arsenal for five seasons before moving to Seattle. This week Little was named women’s player of the year by the BBC.
“Arsenal is a great club, has great tradition and set me on a journey which led me to be here with the Reign — which is a place that I love,” Harvey said in a Reign news release. “There are great players with Arsenal, so I think the game will be great. It’s good timing for us because we need something a little different.”
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Seattle is 2-3-1 in this NWSL season. The Reign is 0-2-1 in its past three games and coming off a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Sunday. The Reign returns to league play Sunday at Portland.
Arsenal is considered the most successful club in English soccer. Since their founding in 1987, the Arsenal Ladies have won 43 trophies, including winning the UEFA Women’s Champions League title in 2006-07. On May 14, Arsenal won the FA Women’s Cup, 1-0 over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. The roster features Nigerian national team forward Asisat Oshoala, 2015 BBC women’s player of the year.