TACOMA, Wash. (April 8, 2019) – Reign FC today announced its roster for the upcoming 2019 NWSL season. The roster includes 23 players under contract: 20 on the senior roster and 3 on the supplemental roster.
“I am very happy with how the team has performed throughout preseason. The group has been focused and intense during training and our pre-season matches,” said Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “It feels like we have the right balance of returning players and new faces – the group has meshed well and we’re ready to face a strong challenge in Houston next weekend.”
The roster features seventeen players from Reign FC’s 2018 roster, and includes six new signings: forward Darian Jenkins, who was acquired in a trade with the North Carolina Courage; forward Shea Groom, who was acquired in a trade with Sky Blue FC, Spanish international defender Celia Jiménez Delgado, who was signed after being drafted by Reign FC in 2018; and Australian international midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight, midfielder Morgan Proffitt, and defender Taylor Smith, all of whom were signed via discovery.
Earlier today, Reign FC acquired an international spot for the 2019 season from the Chicago Red Stars. This gives Reign FC five international slots for the upcoming season. Reign FC parted with its natural first round pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft in return for the international spot.
Forward Kiersten Dallstream – a Reign FC original – continues to work her way back from injury and is not under contract with the team at this time. Dallstream is training with the team and is being closely monitored by Reign FC medical staff.
Midfielder Jess Fishlock remains on loan to Olympique Lyonnais. Fishlock will return to Reign FC at the conclusion of Lyon’s run in the UEFA Champions League.
2019 Reign FC Roster by Position
Goalkeepers (2): Michelle Betos, Lydia Williams
Defenders (8): Lauren Barnes, Steph Catley (INT-AUS), Celia Jiménez Delgado (INT-ESP), Kristen McNabb, Theresa Nielsen (INT-DEN), Megan Oyster, Taylor Smith (SUP), Christen Westphal
Midfielders (7): Morgan Andrews, Jessica Fishlock (LOA), Elise Kellond-Knight (INT-AUS), Allie Long (FED-USA), Morgan Proffitt (SUP), Rumi Utsugi (INT-JPN), Beverly Yanez
Forwards (6): Shea Groom, Darian Jenkins, Jaycie Johnson (SUP), Megan Rapinoe (FED-USA), Jasmine Spencer, Jodi Taylor
Federation Players (FED): 2
International Roster Spots Filled (INTL): 5
International Slot (INT)
U.S. Soccer Federation Player (FED)
On Loan (LOA)
Supplemental Roster (SUP)
Reign FC will begin the 2019 NWSL Regular Season with a match on the road against the Houston Dash on Sunday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m. PT. Reign FC will play its first home match at Cheney Stadium on Sunday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. PT against the Orlando Pride.
Reign FC single match tickets are now on sale. To purchase tickets, visit reignfc.com/tickets or call the Reign FC ticket office at (855) REIGN-FC.
About Reign FC
Reign FC is one of nine teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is the premier women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States and around the world. Reign FC is set to begin its first campaign in the South Sound at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium in 2019. For more information on the club visit ReignFC.com.