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The 2015 Seattle Reign FC season is the club's third season of play and their third season in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. To accommodate the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, the league announced that it would reduce the season to 20 games while extending the calendar length into September and take a two-week break from June 7–19.[1]

Seattle Reign FC
2015 season
OwnerBill and Teresa Predmore
ManagerLaura Harvey
StadiumMemorial Stadium
National Women's Soccer League
Regular Season
1st place
PlayoffsRunner-Up
Top goalscorerLeague: Kim Little (10)
All: Kim Little (10); Beverly Yanez (10)
Highest home attendance6,303
(July 26 vs. Portland Thorns)
Lowest home attendance2,225
(June 6 vs. Sky Blue)
Average home league attendance4,060
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Contents

Review and eventsEdit

PreseasonEdit

Following a record-breaking 2014 season that saw the team winning the NWSL Shield and losing to FC Kansas City in the playoffs final, Head Coach and GM Laura Harvey expected minimal roster turnover entering into the off-season. Key contributors Nahomi Kawasumi and Beverly Goebel both returned to INAC Kobe Leonessa at the end of their season-long loans.[2] In November, the team acquired the rights to midfielder Merritt Mathias from FC Kansas City in exchange for defender Kate Deines and the 16th and 26th draft picks in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.[3] Two days later, Harvey added former Portland Pilots defender Michelle Cruz.[4]

Prior to the 2015 NWSL College Draft, Harvey signed forward Beverly Yanez from Japanese club INAC Kobe Leonessa.[5] Yanez, under her maiden name Goebel, played in Seattle on loan in 2014, scoring five goals and adding four assists while helping the Reign FC to a regular season title. A day later, NWSL announced allocated National Team players for the 2015 season, with Reign FC defenders Stephanie Cox and Carmelina Moscato removed from the list.[6] The club expects to bring Cox back on a standard contract but has announced that Moscato will be exploring playing opportunities overseas.[7] Then on January 16, the Harvey selected Florida Gators midfielder Havana Solaun and Stanford Cardinal defender Kendall Romine at the NWSL Draft.[8]

In anticipation for post-World Cup fatigue for the national team players, Harvey signed Danish forward Katrine Veje on January 21.[9] Veje will join the club on July 1 after her current contract with Brøndby IF ends. The club was also able to retain defender Stephanie Cox by signing her to a standard contract after she was removed from allocation by U.S. Soccer.[10] To make room on the roster, Harvey waived second-year defenders Megan Brigman[11] and Holly Hein.[12] Additional defensive reinforcement came soon after as the club signed Scottish international Rachel Corsie from Notts County Ladies F.C. on January 29.[13]

For the second season in a row, the Reign FC was involved in a blockbuster trade as last season's prized acquisition Sydney Leroux requested a move away from the club.[14] On March 30, Harvey sent Leroux and Amanda Frisbie to Western New York Flash; in return, the club received midfielder Amber Brooks, WNY's first-round draft pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft, and the rights to Leroux's international teammate Abby Wambach.[15] Wambach had already announced that she will not play this season to concentrate on preparing for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup,[16] and Harvey does not expect her to suit up for the Reign FC until 2016 at the earliest. The club then finalized its roster by signing second-round draft pick Havana Solaun on April 3.[17]

The Reign FC headed into the regular season with a 19-player roster, with the one open spot reserved for Danish forward Katrine Veje's mid-season arrival.[18] It includes 14 returners from last season's Shield-winning team, featuring league MVP Kim Little and fellow Best XI selections Jess Fishlock and Kendall Fletcher.[19] Harvey hopes that the blend of returning core plus new acquisitions will help the club defend its Shield and win the playoffs this year.

ClubEdit

Coaching staffEdit

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

Current RosterEdit

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

No. Position Player
3   DF Lauren Barnes
22   MF Amber Brooks
20   MF Mariah Bullock
4   DF Rachel Corsie
14   DF Stephanie Cox
21   DF Michelle Cruz
25   DF Kiersten Dallstream
10   MF Jess Fishlock
13   DF Kendall Fletcher
18   FW Danielle Foxhoven
28   GK Haley Kopmeyer
No. Position Player
8   MF Kim Little
9   MF Merritt Mathias
15   MF Megan Rapinoe
7   DF Elli Reed
19   MF Havana Solaun
1   GK Hope Solo
12   GK Caroline Stanley
24   FW Katrine Veje
11   MF Keelin Winters (captain)
17   FW Beverly Yanez

CompetitionsEdit

  Win   Tie   Loss

PreseasonEdit

International friendliesEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Regular season standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Seattle Reign FC 20 13 4 3 41 21 +20 43 NWSL Shield
2 Chicago Red Stars 20 8 9 3 31 22 +9 33 NWSL Playoffs
3 FC Kansas City (C) 20 9 5 6 32 20 +12 32
4 Washington Spirit 20 8 6 6 31 28 +3 30
5 Houston Dash 20 6 6 8 21 26 −5 24
6 Portland Thorns FC 20 6 5 9 27 29 −2 23
7 Western New York Flash 20 6 5 9 24 34 −10 23
8 Sky Blue FC 20 5 7 8 22 28 −6 22
9 Boston Breakers 20 4 3 13 22 43 −21 15
Source: NWSL
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(C) Champion.
Results summaryEdit
Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
20 43 13 3 4 41 21  +20 8 0 2 26 8  +18 5 3 2 15 13  +2

Last updated: 6 September 2015
Source: http://www.nwslsoccer.com/teams/74415303/58150141-74415358/TEAM.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 matchdayEdit
Round1234567891011121314151617181920
GroundHAAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHHA
ResultWLLWDDWWWDWLWWWWWWDW
Position[20]14434532121221111111
Updated to match(es) played on 6 September 2015. Source: http://www.nwslsoccer.com/Standings/index_E.html
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

PlayoffsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.

Last updated: 5 October 2015.
Source: http://www.nwslsoccer.com/Stats/index_E.html

No. Pos. Name Regular Season Playoffs Discipline
(regular season)
Apps Goals Apps Goals    
1 GK   Hope Solo 8 0 2 0 0 0
3 DF   Lauren Barnes 20 1 2 0 1 0
4 DF   Rachel Corsie 14 (2) 2 2 0 1 0
7 DF   Elli Reed 9 (9) 0 0 (2) 0 0 0
8 MF   Kim Little 20 10 2 0 2 0
9 MF   Merritt Mathias 17 (1) 2 2 0 1 0
10 MF   Jess Fishlock 19 8 2 0 0 1
11 MF   Keelin Winters 19 1 2 0 1 0
12 GK   Caroline Stanley 1 0 0 0 0 0
13 DF   Kendall Fletcher 19 2 2 0 0 0
14 DF   Stephanie Cox 20 0 2 0 1 0
15 MF   Megan Rapinoe 10 5 2 1 0 0
17 FW   Beverly Yanez 17 9 1 (1) 1 0 0
18 FW   Danielle Foxhoven 2 (14) 0 0 0 1 0
19 MF   Havana Solaun 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 MF   Mariah Bullock 4 (9) 0 0 (1) 1 0 0
21 DF   Michelle Cruz 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0
22 MF   Amber Brooks 4 (8) 1 0 0 0 0
24 FW   Katrine Veje 4 (5) 0 1 (1) 0 1 0
25 FW   Kiersten Dallstream 2 (6) 0 0 0 0 0
28 GK   Haley Kopmeyer 11 0 0 0 0 0
Players who left the club during the regular season
40 GK   Abigail Steele 0 0 0 0 0 0

AwardsEdit

NWSL Season AwardsEdit

Award finalists announced on September 9.[21]

Team Season AwardsEdit

Announced on October 5.[25]

NWSL Player of the MonthEdit

NWSL Player of the WeekEdit

Gene Juarez Salons & Spas Player of the MatchEdit

Team awards for select home matches only.

TransfersEdit

For transfers in, dates listed are when the Reign FC officially signed the players to the roster. Transactions where only the rights to the players are acquired (e.g., draft picks) are not listed. For transfers out, dates listed are when the Reign FC officially removed the players from its roster, not when they signed with another club. If a player later signed with another club, her new club will be noted, but the date listed here remains the one when she was officially removed from the Reign FC roster.

InEdit

Date Player Pos Previous Club Notes Ref
November 12, 2014   Merritt Mathias MF   FC Kansas City Traded for Kate Deines and Seattle's 16th and 26th draft picks in 2015 [3]
November 14, 2014   Michelle Cruz DF   Apollon Limassol Undisclosed [4]
January 13, 2015   Beverly Yanez FW   INAC Kobe Leonessa Undisclosed [5]
January 21, 2015   Katrine Veje FW   Brøndby Undisclosed; will join the club on July 1 [9]
January 27, 2015   Stephanie Cox DF   Seattle Reign FC Re-signed to a standard contract after being removed from allocation by U.S. Soccer [6][10]
January 29, 2015   Rachel Corsie DF   Notts County Undisclosed [13]
March 30, 2015   Amber Brooks MF   Western New York Flash Traded along with WNY's first-round pick in 2016 and the rights to Abby Wambach for Sydney Leroux and Amanda Frisbie [15]
April 3, 2015   Havana Solaun MF   Florida Gators 2015 2nd Round Pick (#15)[8] [42]
July 22, 2015   Caroline Stanley GK   USC Trojans Signed as injury replacement for Hope Solo; previously an amateur call-up [43]
July 31, 2015   Abigail Steele GK   Oregon Ducks Signed as injury replacement for Haley Kopmeyer [44]

Draft PicksEdit

Draft picks are not automatically signed to the team roster. Only those who are signed to a contract will be listed as transfers in. Only trades involving draft picks and executed during the 2015 NWSL College Draft will be listed in the notes.

Date Player Pos Previous Club Notes Ref
January 16, 2015   Havana Solaun MF   Florida Gators 2015 2nd Round Pick (#15) [8]
January 16, 2015   Kendall Romine DF   Stanford Cardinal 2015 4th Round Pick (#36) [8]

OutEdit

Date Player Pos Destination Club Notes Ref
November 12, 2014   Kate Deines DF   FC Kansas City Traded along with Seattle's 16th and 26th draft picks in 2015 for the rights to Merritt Mathias [3]
January 14, 2015   Stephanie Cox DF   Seattle Reign FC Removed from allocation by U.S. Soccer [6][7]
January 14, 2015   Carmelina Moscato DF Removed from allocation by CSA [6][7]
January 26, 2015   Megan Brigman DF Waived [11]
January 28, 2015   Holly Hein DF Waived [12]
March 30, 2015   Amanda Frisbie FW   Western New York Flash Traded along with Sydney Leroux for Amber Brooks, WNY's first-round pick in 2016, and the rights to Abby Wambach [15]
March 30, 2015   Sydney Leroux FW   Western New York Flash Traded along with Amanda Frisbie for Amber Brooks, WNY's first-round pick in 2016, and the rights to Abby Wambach [15]
August 2, 2015   Abigail Steele GK Waived after Hope Solo returned from injury after the match at Boston Breakers

Offseason LoansEdit

ReferencesEdit

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