Preparations for the inaugural season of Seattle Reign FC soccer will feature three preseason matches during a two-week training camp in Japan that begins March 13.
Reign FC will open the tour on March 17 at 12:30p (March 16 at 7:30p Pacific Time) by facing INAC Kobe Leonessa of the Nadeshiko League Division 1. INAC Kobe Leonessa are the defending two>time Nadeshiko League Division 1 champions and features 2011 FIFA Player of the Year Homare Sawa.
The match on March 17 will be played at Koza General Sports Park Athletics Stadium of the Okinawa prefecture. A second game is March 20 against Fukuoka and details for a closed>door third game on March 24 are still to be determined.
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“Our objective is to become one of the top women’s football clubs in the world,” said Reign FC general manager Amy Carnell. “That process will start by testing ourselves against a talented, championship club that features some of the world’s strongest talent. We’re excited by the opportunity to play and train in Japan and are honored to play our first match against one of the giants of women’s soccer.”
Seattle opens the National Women’s Soccer League season on April 14 at Chicago.Reign FC players and staff will depart Seattle on March 12 and spend time in Okinawa, Fukuoka and Tokyo. Coach Laura Harvey and her staff will hold multiple training sessions most days, focusing on fitness and evaluating trialists.
A total of 24 players–both those under contract and on trial–will make the trip to Japan.
Hope Solo (U.S. National Team) and Jess Fishlock (Wales) are expected to join the team in Japan following national team duty at Portugal’s Algarve Cup. Kaylyn Kyle and Emily Zurrer will arrive following their play for Canada in the Cyprus Cup.
Seattle Reign FC is one of eight founding members of the NWSL. Season tickets for Seattle Reign FC are now available at www.SeattleReignFC.com.