Notebook: Barnes returns to Seattle, Utah signs Tymrak and Laddish, Sinclair honored
Teams make moves with preseason less than a month away
Seattle Reign FC defender Lauren Barnes in action for the Reign in 2017. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/
Seattle Reign FC defender Lauren Barnes in action for the Reign in 2017. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/
This week around the NWSL:


Lauren Barnes will be back in Seattle this year, Seattle Reign FC announced Monday.

The five-year NWSL veteran and 2016 NWSL Defender of the Year became the first NWSL player to appear in 100 games for the same team earlier this year.



“Lu is one of the steadiest players in the league and since the beginning she has always been one of the league’s best defenders,” new Seattle head coach Vlatko Andonovski said in the team’s announcement. “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with her and hopefully help her add another layer to her game.”


The signing comes just a few days after the Reign acquired defender Yael Averbuch in a draft day trade with Utah Royals FC for midfielder Diana Matheson.


Utah Royals FC also continued their roster moves on Monday, when they announced that former FC Kansas City midfielders Erika Tymrak and Mandy Laddish will be joining Utah for the upcoming season.


Tymrak, who won the 2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year, had spent all five seasons in Kansas City. Laddish was drafted in 2014 and played four seasons in Kansas City.

“I’m so excited to join an organization that prides itself on professionalism and growing the game,” Tymrak said in a statement from Utah announcing her signing. “I’m honored to be a part of this. I’ve only been here a few days and am blown away with the facilities, staff, and overall professionalism of the entire organization.”

“I’m looking forward to playing for, and learning from, Laura Harvey. I’ve always admired her coaching style and feel that I will be able to refine my game while working with her,” Laddish said in the statement.



Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair was officially honored as Officer of the Order of Canada in a ceremony on Wednesday.



The award is one of Canadian’s highest civilian honors. A two-time NWSL champion, Sinclair is also the world’s active all-time leading scorer with 169 international goals.

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