2013 Seattle Reign FC season

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Seattle Reign FC
2013 season
Owner Bill Predmore
Manager Laura Harvey
Stadium Starfire Sports
National Women's Soccer League Overall: 7th
Top goalscorer Megan Rapinoe (5 goals)
Highest home attendance 3,855 vs Washington Spirit (July 14, 2013)
Lowest home attendance 1,011 vs Washington Spirit (May 16, 2013)
Average home league attendance 2,290
Home colors
Away colors

The 2013 Seattle Reign FC season was the club's first season in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States.

Background[edit]

In November 2012, it was confirmed that a Seattle-based women's professional soccer team owned by Bill Predmore (founder and president of Seattle-based digital marketing agency, POP) had been accepted into a new women's professional soccer league, later named National Women's Soccer League.[1][2] Former general manager of the Seattle Sounders Women and Seattle Sounders FC Director of Youth Programs,[3] Amy Carnell, was named General Manager.

On December 21, 2012, the team announced Laura Harvey as their first head coach. Harvey was head coach of Arsenal L.F.C. from 2010-2012 after serving as an assistant for two years, assisted and then coached Birmingham City L.F.C. from 2002-2008, and served as an assistant coach for England's U-17, U-19 and U-23 women's national teams from 2005-2011.[4]

Review[edit]

Drafts and signings[edit]

On January 11, 2013, as part of the NWSL Player Allocation, Kaylyn Kyle (CAN), Teresa Noyola (MEX), Megan Rapinoe (USA), Amy Rodriguez (USA), Jenny Ruiz (MEX), Hope Solo (USA), and Emily Zurrer (CAN) were named to the Seattle team.[5][6][7] On January 18, the Reign selected Christine Nairn, Mallory Schaffer, Kristen Meier, and Haley Kopmeyer at the 2013 NWSL College Draft.[8][9] On February 4, 2013, it was announced that the team had signed four free agents: Kate Deines, Jessica Fishlock, Tiffany Cameron, and Lindsay Taylor.[10] During the February 7, 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft, the team selected Nikki Krzysik, Lauren Barnes, Laura Heyboer, Liz Bogus, Michelle Betos and Kaley Fountain.[11]

Preseason[edit]

Leading into the preseason, it was learned that the Reign would be without all of their U.S. national team allocated players for almost half of the season. National team forward, Amy Rodriguez, announced she was pregnant with her first child and would not be playing during the inaugural season.[12] U.S. national team goalkeeper, Hope Solo, would be away for the first part of the season after recovering from wrist surgery and Megan Rapinoe had signed with French side, Olympique Lyonnais, from January to June and would miss at least nine games.[13][14]

Regular season[edit]

After traveling to Japan in the preseason to play matches against defending L. League champion INAC Kobe Leonessa, Fukuoka J. Anclas, and Nojima Stella Kanagawa,[15] the Reign faced their first regular season match against the Chicago Red Stars at Benedictine University, in which Seattle's first college draft pick, Christine Nairn, scored the Reign's first goal of the season via a header off an assist from Liz Bogus.[16] The Red Stars later tied the game 1-1, but the point that Seattle earned in the game would be its only for the next nine games. Without the U.S. national team players or a veteran goalscorer up front, the team struggled to win games. Although the losses were for the most part consistently low-scoring games, it was apparent that the Reign was missing some final ingredients for success.

In June 2013, head coach Laura Harvey began making some trades and signing new players. Forward and Canadian international, Tiffany Cameron was waived, later to be picked up by FC Kansas City and former U.S. national team defender, Stephanie Cox was added to the roster.[17] Mexican allocated player and former Stanford Cardinal standout, Teresa Noyola, was traded to FC Kansas City for Renae Cuellar, and Noyola's fellow former Stanford Cardinal goal-scorer, Lindsay Taylor was traded to the Washington Spirit. After a brief stint on the team by Tobagonian international, Kennya Cordner who was later waived and replaced by Australian national team co-captain, Emily van Egmond due to the league's restriction on only having two international players on a team (in addition to allocated players), and the return of U.S. national team players, Solo and Rapinoe, the Reign began to turn the season around with a 1-1 tie against the Western New York Flash.[18] The game would be the first of a six-game undefeated streak for the Reign with two ties and four wins.[19] After losing to regional rival, Portland Thorns FC, 2-1 in the season finale in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,855, the Reign ended the 2013 NWSL season seventh in the league with a 5-14-3 record.[20]

Club[edit]

Executive staff[edit]

Owner Bill Predmore
General Manager Laura Harvey
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Starfire Sports Stadium (4,500 / 110x70 yards)

Last updated: April 8, 2013
Source: [1]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Laura Harvey
Assistant Coach Sam Laity
Goalkeeper Coach Ben Dragavon

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Hope Solo
2 Canada DF Emily Zurrer
3 United States DF Lauren Barnes
4 United States DF Kate Deines
5 United States FW Liz Bogus
6 Canada MF Kaylyn Kyle
7 United States DF Elli Reed
9 United States DF Stephanie Cox
10 Wales MF Jessica Fishlock
11 United States MF Keelin Winters
No. Position Player
13 Mexico DF Jenny Ruiz
14 United States MF Kristina Larsen
15 United States MF Megan Rapinoe
18 United States GK Michelle Betos
19 United States MF Christine Nairn
20 Australia MF Emily van Egmond
21 United States MF Kristen Meier
22 United States FW Jessica McDonald
23 Mexico FW Renae Cuellar
25 United States DF Kiersten Dallstream

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Preseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Western New York Flash 22 10 8 4 36 20 +16 38 2013 NWSL Playoffs
2 FC Kansas City 22 11 5 6 34 22 +12 38
3 Portland Thorns FC 22 11 5 6 32 25 +7 38
4 Sky Blue FC 22 10 6 6 31 26 +5 36
5 Boston Breakers 22 8 6 8 35 34 +1 30
6 Chicago Red Stars 22 8 6 8 32 36 −4 30
7 Seattle Reign FC 22 5 3 14 22 36 −14 18
8 Washington Spirit 22 3 5 14 16 39 −23 14

Source: soccerway.com

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
22 18 5 14 3 22 36 −14 4 6 1 15 16 −1 1 8 2 7 20 −13

Last updated: August 18, 2013
Source: http://www.nwslsoccer.com/Stats/index_E.html
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Ground A A A H A H H H H A A A H H H H A H A A A H
Result D L L L L L L L L L D W W D W W L W L L L L

Last updated: August 18, 2013.
Source: http://www.nwslsoccer.com/News/index_E.html
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of August 20, 2013
No. Nat Pos Player Total NWSL
Apps Goals Apps Goals
3 United States DF Lauren Barnes 22 0 22 0
18 United States GK Michelle Betos 7 0 7 0
5 United States FW Liz Bogus 20 1 20 1
9 Canada FW Tiffany Cameron 7 0 7 0
26 Trinidad and Tobago FW Kennya Cordner 3 0 3 0
9 United States DF Stephanie Cox 4 0 4 0
23 Mexico FW Renae Cuellar 7 0 7 0
25 United States DF Kiersten Dallstream 20 0 20 0
4 United States DF Kate Deines 17 0 17 0
10 Wales MF Jessica Fishlock 21 4 21 4
20 United States GK Haley Kopmeyer 1 0 1 0
6 Canada MF Kaylyn Kyle 21 3 21 3
14 United States FW Kristina Larsen 9 0 9 0
21 United States MF Kristen Meier 6 0 6 0
21 United States FW Jessica McDonald 7 3 7 3
19 United States MF Christine Nairn 22 3 22 3
8 Mexico MF Teresa Noyola 11 1 11 1
16 United States MF Lyndsey Patterson 3 0 3 0
15 United States MF Megan Rapinoe 12 5 12 5
7 United States DF Elli Reed 17 0 17 0
13 Mexico MF Jenny Ruiz 7 0 7 0
1 United States GK Hope Solo 14 0 14 0
17 United States FW Lindsay Taylor 6 1 6 1
20 Australia MF Emily van Egmond 6 0 6 0
11 United States MF Keelin Winters 21 1 21 1
2 Canada DF Emily Zurrer 7 0 7 0

Top scorers[edit]

Players with one goal or more included only.

As of August 20, 2013
Rk. Nat Pos Player Total NWSL
1 United States MF Megan Rapinoe 5 5
2 Wales MF Jessica Fishlock 4 4
3 United States FW Jessica McDonald 3 3
3 United States MF Christine Nairn 3 3
3 Canada DF Kaylyn Kyle 3 3
4 United States FW Liz Bogus 1 1
4 Mexico MF Teresa Noyola 1 1
4 United States FW Lindsay Taylor 1 1
4 United States MF Keelin Winters 1 1

Top assists[edit]

Players with one assist or more included only.

As of August 20, 2013
Rk. Nat Pos Player Total NWSL
1 United States MF Christine Nairn 5 5
2 United States FW Liz Bogus 2 2
2 United States DF Elli Reed 2 2
3 United States FW Kristina Larsen 1 1
3 United States FW Jessica McDonald 1 1
3 Mexico MF Teresa Noyola 1 1
3 United States MF Keelin Winters 1 1

Disciplinary record[edit]

Players with 1 card or more included only.

As of August 20, 2013
No. Nat Pos Player Total NWSL
Booked Red card Booked Red card
23 Mexico FW Renae Cuellar 1 0 1 0
25 United States DF Kiersten Dallstream 0 1 0 1
7 Wales MF Jessica Fishlock 4 0 4 0
10 Canada MF Kaylyn Kyle 4 0 4 0
19 United States MF Christine Nairn 2 0 1 0
14 United States FW Kristina Larsen 1 0 1 0
19 United States MF Megan Rapinoe 1 0 1 0
16 United States MF Elli Reed 2 0 2 0
13 Mexico DF Jenny Ruiz 0 1 0 1
1 United States GK Hope Solo 1 0 1 0
1 Australia MF Emily van Egmond 1 0 1 0
1 United States MF Keelin Winters 1 0 1 0
2 Canada DF Emily Zurrer 1 0 1 0

Goalkeeper stats[edit]

Last updated: August 20, 2013

No. Nat Player National Women's Soccer League
MIN GA GAA SV
18 United States Michelle Betos 630 14 2 34
20 United States Haley Kopmeyer 90 3 3 6
1 United States Hope Solo 1260 19 1.357 81

Player Transactions[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Player Pos Previous Club Notes Ref
March 1, 2013 United States Keelin Winters MF Chicago Red Stars Traded for first round pick in the 2014 College Draft and future considerations [21]
June 19, 2013 United States Stephanie Cox DF - Signed mid-season [22]
June 28, 2013 United States Jessica McDonald FW Chicago Red Stars Acquired via waivers [23]
July 1, 2013 Mexico Renae Cuellar FW FC Kansas City Traded for Teresa Noyola, rights for unsigned player Nikki Krzysik, and second round 2014 NWSL college draft pick [24]
July 12, 2013 Australia Emily van Egmond MF Newcastle Jets FC Signed; Kennya Cordner waived due to international player restrictions in league [25]

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Player Pos Destination Club Notes Ref
June 25, 2013 Canada Tiffany Cameron FW FC Kansas City Waived, later picked up by Kansas City [26]
June 28, 2013 United States Haley Kopmeyer GK - Waived to make room for Jessica McDonald [23]
July 1, 2013 Mexico Teresa Noyola MF FC Kansas City Traded for Renae Cuellar [24]
July 1, 2013 United States Lindsay Taylor FW Washington Spirit Traded to Washington for conditional fourth round pick in exchange for the Spirit’s second round pick. [24]
July 12, 2013 Trinidad and Tobago Kennya Cordner FW Kennya Cordner waived due to international player restrictions in league when Emily van Egmond signed. [25]

Honors and awards[edit]

NWSL Player of the Week[edit]

Week Player Ref
2 Jessica Fishlock [27]
16 Megan Rapinoe [28]

Reign FC Player of the Match[edit]

Date Player Ref
7/11/2013 Christine Nairn [29]
7/14/2013 Jessica McDonald [30]
7/25/2013 Kaylyn Kyle [31]
8/16/2013 Megan Rapinoe [32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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