England forward Jodie Taylor has signed with Seattle Reign FC, the club announced Tuesday, pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Taylor won the Golden Boot at this summer’s UEFA Women’s Euro tournament, scoring five goals for England as they advanced to the semifinals. She opened the tournament with a hat trick in England’s 6-0 win over Scotland and scored the only goal in the quarterfinal win over France. She has 15 goals in 30 international appearances.
Taylor has spent the past two years with Arsenal in the FA Women’s Super League. The Reign said she is expected to play for Melbourne City in the W-League before joining Seattle in 2018. Before playing for Arsenal, Taylor spent two seasons in the NWSL. In 2014 while with the Washington Spirit, she finished third in the league with 11 goals. She scored three goals in 2015 as a member of Portland Thorns FC.
It’s the first major move for new Reign coach Vlatko Andonovski, who took over as the second coach in Seattle’s club history on November 7.
“Jodie is a world-class player who will add experience and quality to our attack,” Andonovski said in the Reign’s news release about the signing. “Throughout her career Taylor has been a consistent goal scorer for club and country, and she has demonstrated se can be a threat that demands a reaction from the competition. We’re excited to add her to the squad.”
“I am really excited to be joining Reign FC,” Taylor said in Seattle’s announcement.”I’ve spent a lot of time playing in America, and I’m really pleased to be coming to Seattle. They’re a top club that I’ve admired, and the core values of the team are quite evident from the outside.”