Goalkeeper Hope Solo was among seven national team players assigned to Seattle Reign FC for the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League.
The others are midfielder Megan Rapinoe (USA), forward Amy Rodriguez (USA), midfielder Kaylyn Kyle (Canada), defender Emily Zurrer (Canada), defender Jenny Ruiz (Mexico) and midfielder Teresa Noyola (Mexico).
“Overall we’ve come out in a good position,” Reign general manager Amy Carnell said through the club. “We’ve got a strong core group of world-class players, and we look forward to building from this foundation in the weeks ahead.”
Solo was born in Richland and played at the University of Washington. Last season, she and Rapinoe played with Sounders Women of the W-League.
“I’m happy with the allocation,” Reign coach Laura Harvey said. “We’ve got a great mixture of positions and players with lots of experience. A great start to an exciting time.”
Fifty-five players from the national teams of the United States, Canada and Mexico were allocated to NWSL founding franchises. High-profile allocations included Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd to New York, Sydney Leroux to Boston, Christie Rampone to Sky Blue, Lori Lindsey to Washington, and Alex Morgan to Portland.
A full allocation list is available at blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer.
Additional players will be added Friday through the college draft. Individual clubs are awaiting league rules for signing free agents.
The league will begin play this spring. The schedule has not been released.
Former O’Dea High School star DeAndre Yedlin on Friday became Seattle Sounders FC’s first homegrown player.
He is a defender who spent the last two seasons with the University of Akron after graduating from the Sounders FC academy system.
“It’s amazing to start my professional career in a place where I started playing soccer in the first place,” Yedlin said in a Sounders press release. “I’m excited to be able to perform in front of all the fans. It’s the best place to play in the United States – one of the best in the world, I think. It’s very exciting for me.”
Terms of the deal were not announced.
The Sounders will open training Jan. 21.
NOONAN TO COACH
Veteran Major League Soccer forward Pat Noonan, a former Sounder, retired as a player to join the Los Angeles Galaxy’s coaching staff.
Noonan, 32, reached the MLS Cup final five times, winning titles with Columbus in 2008 and again with the Galaxy last fall. He played for Columbus, Colorado, Seattle and Los Angeles over the past five years.
Noonan also made 14 appearances for the U.S. national team, usually playing under Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer