National Women's Soccer League / Seattle Reign FC

Harvey keeps Reign core intact

Last season’s runner ups, Seattle Reign FC entered the NWSL Draft with only two draft picks.

General manager and head coach Laura Harvey felt that the Reign weren’t far away from winning the championship last season hence the lack of trades this off-season trades.

“I think we would have been crazy to any big shifts in our squad because we weren’t that far away so we wanted to make sure we got all the players back as we could which we did,” Harvey said. Were happy now were in the position were in.

At the draft, Seattle used its first selection to take Florida Gators forward/midfielder Havana Solaun 15th overall. Solaun was an integral part of the Gators NCAA Tournament run that saw the club reach the quarterfinals. The Gainesville, Florida native served as Gators co-captain during her final two seasons and was named to the All-SEC First Team both of those seasons.

Solaun provides the Reign with much needed depth in the midfield. She also has the opportunity to help fill in the absence of Naho Kawasumi and provide key minutes when allocated players are away the World Cup.

“I think with Havana gives us something we didn’t have, which is potential competition with some of our international players,” Harvey said. “We have probably one of the best midfields in the league but we haven’t got a lot of depth to that.”

Seattle used the final pick in the draft to select fifth-year Stanford University defender Kendall Romine. Romine helped the Cardinals reach the College Cup semifinals in 2013.

“We’re really happy with the two players that we picked up,”  Harvey said. “Obviously you sit and wait for the last pick and you’re not really sure what’s going to happen, we had a lot of different variables that might go into the last one but we were pleased with what ended up with Kendall.”

With Harvey poised to move Amanda Frisbee up top and the departure of Kate Deines, there should be room for Romine to make the roster. The Reign return all four starters across the backline in Kendall Fletcher, Lauren Barnes, Stephanie Cox and Elli Reed and Romine will fight for minutes with Holly Hein and Megan Brigman.

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