Seattle Reign FC Announce 2018 NWSL Roster
Seattle Reign FC has announced its 2018 National Women’s Soccer League roster. Led by new head coach Vlatko Andonovski, the squad features ten players returning from its 2017 roster, including four Reign FC originals – Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Barnes, Kiersten Dallstream and Jess Fishlock – who have been with the team since its first season in 2013 and have collectively made over 300 NWSL regular-season appearances for Seattle.
The revamped squad of 21 also includes twelve new players acquired through signings, trades, and the dispersal draft during the busy off-season.
2018 Seattle Reign FC NWSL Regular Season Roster by Position
Rostered Players (21 of 20 spots filled):
Theresa Nielsen (INTL-DEN),
Megan Oyster (DD),
Christen Westphal (DD),
Steph Catley (INTL)
Morgan Andrews (DD),
Rumi Utsugi (INTL-JPN),
Allie Long (FED-USA),
Elizabeth Addo (INTL-GHA/DD)
Megan Rapinoe (FED-USA),
Nahomi Kawasumi (INTL-JPN),
Federation Players (FED): 2
International Roster Spots Filled (INTL): 5
FED – Federation Player
INTL – International Roster Spot
ROSTERED PLAYERS NOT COUNTED AGAINST ACTIVE LIMIT:
D45 – 45-Day Disabled List
SEI – Season Ending Injury List
NTR – National Team Replacement
GKR – Goalkeeper Replacement
MAT – Maternity
LOA – Loan
PEN – Pending
DD – Dispersal Draft
Reign FC’s roster features two U.S. Federation Players – Allie Long and Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe has been with Seattle since 2013, during which time she made 54 appearances and scored 27 goals. Allie Long joins Reign FC after five seasons with Portland Thorns FC. Long departed the Thorns as their all-time leader in appearances (100), second all-time in goals (30), and second all-time in assists (13).
The 2018 squad includes eight international players from five different countries. English forward Jodie Taylor joins Reign FC from Arsenal. Taylor won the golden boot at the 2017 European Championships after netting five goals in the tournament. This is Taylor’s second stint in the NWSL after playing with the Washington Spirit in 2014 and Portland Thorns in 2015. Danish fullback Theresa Nielsen joins the team after a decorated career in the Danish Toppserien league. Japanese internationals Rumi Utsugi and Nahomi Kawasumi both return for the 2018. Utsugi and Naho have been added to Japan’s WNT roster for the upcoming Asian Cup tournament, which will decide the countries that will represent the AFC at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Ghana WNT captain Elizabeth Addo joins Reign FC after being acquired in the 2018 Dispersal Draft. Welsh international Jess Fishlock returns for her sixth season in Seattle. During her previous five seasons in Seattle, Fishlock has amassed 98 regular-season appearances (2nd all-time for Seattle), 24 goals (3rd all-time for Seattle) and has been named to the NWSL Best XI in four of her five campaigns with Reign FC. Australian international Lydia Williams returns for her second season in Seattle, while Matildas’ defender Steph Catley was added to the squad after an off-season trade with Orlando. Both Williams and Caley will join Reign FC in late April after the Asian Cup. Catley and Williams were part of the Melbourne City squad (that included Fishlock, Barnes and Taylor) that captured their third-straight Australian W-League Championship in February.
The revamped roster includes a group of NWSL veterans, including goalkeeper Michelle Betos, a Reign FC original who returns to Seattle after four seasons, including the 2015 season in which she was named NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year with Portland. Forward Jasmyne Spencer will play her sixth season in NWSL after joining Reign FC through a trade with Orlando Pride. Defender Megan Oyster, defender Christen Westphal, and midfielder Morgan Andrews were all acquired in the Dispersal Draft, while defender Yael Averbuch joins the team in a trade with the Utah Royals.
Defenders Lauren Barnes, Kristen McNabb and Maddie Bauer have all returned for the 2018, as have forwards Kiersten Dallstream and Bev Yanez.
Seattle Reign FC will begin the 2018 NWSL Regular Season with a home match against the Washington Spirit on Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. PT on the UW Medicine Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
Seattle Reign FC 2018 season tickets memberships and single match tickets to the home opener are now available for purchase. To purchase tickets, visit reignfc.com/tickets or call the Reign FC ticket office at (855) REIGN-FC.
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