After making many offseason moves, Seattle Reign head coach/general manager Laura Harvey continued the rebuilding process at Friday’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft.
With three draft picks, the team selected Amanda Frisbie (University of Portland), Megan Brigman (University of North Carolina) and Ellen Parker (University of Portland).
“Portland Pilots play a similar style of soccer to us, Harvey said about the team she drafted two players from. “I watched them play the Thorns last year and from that day on I said I want Amanda Frisbie and I thought Ellen Parker had a good season. I think she can learn fantastically well after [Scottish midfielder] Kim Little—I don’t think there’s many better you can learn from.”
After struggling for much of last season, Harvey knew changes were needed.
“We knew we had to make changes, not necessarily because the players weren’t good enough last year, but I think the way we wanted to play the game—some of them just didn’t fit,” she said. “There were players out there that we identified that we thought would fit into our system and we went about trying to get them and thankfully, we’ve done alright.”
Offseason changes included bringing Sydney Leroux, Carmelina Moscato and Mariah Nogueira over from the Boston Breakers, and Danielle Foxhoven—also a former Portland Pilot—to Seattle from the Portland Thorns.
Sandwiched between two Portland Pilots draft picks (at No. 7 and No. 30 overall), the Reign also drafted Tar Hell Megan Brigman as the 17th overall pick.
Brigman, a defender, is known for her speed and ability on set pieces.
Adding versatile players to the roster is something Harvey considers a necessity, especially after the approach the team took in regard to Megan Rapinoe’s schedule last season.
“We waited for Megan and we can’t do that this year, so we’ve set about creating a roster where we’re not waiting for Megan,” Harvey said. “We’ve just prepared [this season] rather than waited.”
While Harvey is sure about the direction of the team, one thing that isn’t certain is the location the team will call home.
“Nothing’s been signed yet [on a stadium location], Harvey said. “Starfire [Sports Stadium] was fantastic to us last year—they took us on very late but we haven’t signed anything with them yet.”
And with a few announcements to be made in the upcoming weeks, Harvey wants to prove to the city of Seattle that the Seattle Reign is here to stay.