And so it begins...today is the first day of pre-season camp!
It seems hard to believe, but it has been only 109 days (yes, we counted) since Reign FC was awarded the opportunity to play in the NWSL. Thanks to everybody for the incredible support that has helped us reach this day. It is much appreciated! We've had many questions about the pre-season roster, so we thought we'd take a crack at clarifying it for everybody. Here's where we stand as of this AM : 1) We have 13 players under contract: - Liz Bogus (F) - Lauren Barnes (D) - Tiffany Cameron (F) - Kate Dienes (D) - Jessica Fishlock (M) - Kaylyn Kyle (M) - Christine Nairn (M) - Teresa Noyola (M) - Lyndsey Patterson (D) - Elli Reed (D) - Jenny Ruiz (D) - Lindsay Taylor (F) - Emily Zurrer (D) 2) We have 3 players with "pending" contracts who will be added to our roster when their contracts are finalized: - Amy Rodriguez (F) - Hope Solo (GK) - Keelin Winters (M) 3) We have 1 player with a "pending" contract who will be added to our roster in early June: - Megan Rapinoe (M) 4) We have 3 unsigned college draft picks on the roster who will join us for pre-season camp: - Mallory Schaffer (M) - Kristen Meier (M) - Haley Kopmeyer (GK) 5) We have 2 players from the supplemental draft who are on our roster, are unsigned, and will participate in pre-season camp: - Laura Heyboer (F) - Michelle Betos (GK) 6) We have 2 players from the supplemental draft who are on our roster, are unsigned, and are not expected to join for pre-season camp: - Nikki Krzysik (D) - Kaley Fountain (D) 7) We have 2 "discovery" players who have not been signed; 1 is on our roster and will join us for pre-season camp (we are not revealing names of "discovery" players until they are signed). 8) We have a group of 5-7 "trialists" who are on the roster and will join for pre-season camp.
9) We have 3 players (all with "pending" contracts) who will not participate in pre-season camp due to injury, medical status, or contractual obligation: - Amy Rodriguez (pregnant - out for season) - Hope Solo (injured - expected return in 3-4 months) - Megan Rapinoe (under contract with Lyon until June) A few clarifying notes about the rules that govern the roster: - The NWSL is a "single-entity" league, which means that player contracts are between the player and the league (NWSL), rather than between the player and the club. A similar model is utilized by Major League Soccer. - Our regular season roster is limited to 21 players by league rules (20 plus an extra roster spot granted to Reign FC by the league as the result of losing Amy Rodriguez for the season). - The roster can be at 32 until March 18, at which point it gets cut to 25. By April 5 the roster gets cut from 25 to 21. - Most (but not all) contracts are not guaranteed, meaning that a player with a non-guaranteed contract can have their contract terminated mid-season. - If a player is getting paid they are included on the roster. In our case this means that Megan Rapinoe, who is under contract with Lyon (and is not being paid by the NWSL), will not be on the Reign FC roster until she joins our squad in June.
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The club also put out this news release:
Seattle Reign FC today announced that it is adding a reserve team program affiliated with the Issaquah Soccer Club.
Seattle Reign FC Reserves presented by Issaquah SC, will play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) beginning in May of this year. The club will serve as the exclusive feeder team to the Reign FC senior squad. They will wear the official Reign FC kit, although the jersey will feature an Issaquah SC patch on the sleeve, rather than the NWSL logo.
Reign FC Reserves will be independently owned and operated by Issaquah FC, but will closely collaborate with Seattle Reign FC on a wide range of business, marketing and technical initiatives. Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey and her staff will observe reserve team training sessions and matches on a regular basis, determining which players are ready to be called up to the senior team.
“Having a reserve team is an important step forward for our club,” said Harvey. “Given that we have a number of players on the senior squad that may get called away for national team duty from time-‐to-‐time, it is critical that we have quick access to quality players who can help us when our roster is depleted by injuries or national team duty.”
“Our goal is to build Reign FC Reserves into a championship WPSL side and the undisputed #2 women’s team in the Seattle market,” said Erin Redwine, head coach of Seattle Reign FC Reserves. “Reign FC Reserves will offer the top players in Western Washington a unique opportunity—a path to playing professional soccer with Seattle Reign FC.”
“We view the partnership with Issaquah SC as the first of many important relationships we expect to build with clubs across Western Washington,” said Amy Carnell general manager of Seattle Reign FC. “Our broader mandate includes helping improve all aspects of women’s soccer in the Northwest, which will require a collaborative, inclusive approach to working with clubs across the State. We hope this partnership will prove to be a huge step in that direction.”
The WPSL, founded in 1998, is an independent national league whose main focus is the development of highly competitive premier women’s soccer teams. The season runs from May 1 to August 1 and the Northwest Division is comprised of teams throughout Washington and Oregon.
Seattle Reign FC is one of eight founding members of the National Women’s Soccer League. Seattle Reign FC begins league play on April 14, 2013.