Citing personal reasons, Reign FC general manager Amy Carnell resigned less than a week before the Seattle team opens play in the new professional women's soccer league.
Reign FC general manager Amy Carnell has stepped down for personal reasons, the team announced Monday.
The shocking move comes less than a week before the start of the NWSL season, as Seattle is set to play Sunday at Chicago in the opening weekend of the new professional women’s soccer league.
Coach Laura Harvey will assume GM duties, which will give her a similar role to what she had in her previous job with the Arsenal Ladies in England.
Owner Bill Predmore, in a phone interview, declined to comment on the nature of the Carnell’s departure but said the team has had time to prepare for the change.
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“I think actually we’re in OK shape,” Predmore said. “The timing, of course, is less than ideal; though I’m not sure there’s ever an ideal time to do something like this. In terms of where we are as a club, we feel pretty good about things and we’re not overly concerned about making a change at this point. It probably looks far worse than it actually is.”
Carnell, when contacted about the news, said in a text message: “Nothing that I can really comment on. I’m sorry I’m not more helpful in that regard. Tough time for me personally is all I can say.”
In a news release, Carnell thanked the team for the opportunity to bring professional women’s soccer to Seattle and added she “will always be a fan of the club.”
Reign FC announced its 23-player roster for the season Monday, which Harvey played a large role in constructing since her hire in December.
“In terms of the job-role changes, it won’t affect the roster at all,” Harvey said over the phone. “If the roster is to change … it will be due to what it should be, which is the performance of the players and what’s right for the team moving forward.”
Harvey added in the release that she is “excited by the new challenge” of adding GM to her title.
The players were told of the move after a scrimmage Sunday night.
Predmore said he wouldn’t assume any GM duties and that there really was no consideration of making an outside hire to the front office.
“The idea is to hand things off to Laura and let her drive things,” he said. “What we’ve found, and ultimately been pleasantly surprised by, is that she’s capable of much more than we hired her to do. I think this will be a great chance for her to show it.”
• U.S. national team stars Hope Solo (wrist surgery), Megan Rapinoe (on loan with France’s Lyon) and Amy Rodriguez (starting a family) are inactive. Solo and Rapinoe are expected back by summer.
• Tickets went on sale Monday.
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