The Seattle Reign didn’t even have an office yet when Utah Royals FC coach Laura Harvey arrived in Seattle from the Arsenal women’s team in February of 2013, she said.
“There was nothing,” said Harvey, who coached Seattle Reign FC for five years before the Royals hired her this fall. “So I was like, what have I let myself in for? What have I done?”
The NWSL, which played its inaugural season in 2013, has developed dramatically in the past five years. It has increased significantly player salaries, expanded from eight teams to 10 and considerably outlived all other top-tier women’s soccer leagues in the U.S.