Hope Solo was among seven players allocated Friday to Reign FC, Seattle's team in the new National Women's Soccer League.
Reign FC, Seattle’s team in the new National Women’s Soccer League, has a foundation to its roster after the league allocated 55 national-team players from the United States, Canada and Mexico to its eight teams Friday.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo, a Richland native and former University of Washington star, was the biggest name allocated to Reign FC and an expected choice as a hometown product.
Solo was joined by national-squad teammates Megan Rapinoe, a midfielder who will be on loan to France’s Lyon until June, and forward Amy Rodriguez. Also allocated were midfielder Kaylyn Kyle and defender Emily Zurrer from Canada, and midfielder Teresa Noyola and defender Jenny Ruiz from Mexico.
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“Obviously it was a very exciting day for us,” said general manager Amy Carnell in a phone interview. “It’s the first step in creating an identity. For a new club, it’s new logo, new name, new head coach, and then it’s like, ‘Who are you?’ … We’ll build our team from this seven.”
Solo and Rapinoe each played for the star-studded Sounders Women’s team last summer following the collapse of Women’s Professional Soccer. Other players from that group were allocated elsewhere, notably star forward Alex Morgan to Portland Thorns FC.
Former Sounders Women’s forward Sydney Leroux will play for the Boston Breakers, midfielder Veronica Perez (another UW product) heads to the Western New York Flash, and midfielder Keelin Winters joined the Chicago Red Stars.
That Morgan was paired with Canada’s superstar forward, Christine Sinclair, was the biggest surprise, according to Carnell.
“Two of the best strikers in the world in the same city, I think that’s a shocker for everyone,” she said.
Reign FC will fill out the rest of its 20-player roster through the Jan. 18 college draft and free agency. The team is expected to announce ticket information and its home venue next week.
Yedlin becomes first homegrown signee
Sounders FC signed Seattle native DeAndre Yedlin as the team’s first homegrown player.
Yedlin, a 19-year-old defender from the University of Akron, played at O’Dea High School and came up through the Sounders’ youth development program, including the U-23 team last year. Homegrown players do not count against the salary cap.
“It’s amazing to start my professional career in a place where I started playing soccer in the first place,” said Yedlin in a news release.
Terms of the signing were not disclosed per MLS and team policy.
Yedlin, who has often trained with the first team, was named to the All-Mid-American Conference team in his two seasons at Akron, where he earned 12 assists in 45 games (41 starts). He was named to College Soccer News’ Freshman All-American team in 2011.
“Hopefully DeAndre is the first of many local players who will come through our system and wear the rave green at the professional level,” said general manager Adrian Hanauer in the release.
• Sounders FC’s March 16 home game against Portland will kick off at 5 p.m. The start time was listed as TBD when the schedule was released Wednesday.
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