Seattle Reign FC has signed Spanish national team defender Celia Jiménez Delgado for the 2019 season, the club announced on Wednesday.
Delgado was selected by the Reign as the 36th overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft out of the University of Alabama. She trained with the Reign throughout the season while also playing for Seattle Sounders Women and later joining FC Rosengård in Sweden where she recorded six starts and scored one goal. At the international level, Delgado has earned 19 caps for the Spanish national team.
.@ReignFC has signed Spanish international defender Celia Jiménez Delgado for the 2019 season.
— Seattle Reign FC (@ReignFC) December 12, 2018
Delgado was the most recent signing, however several players across the league have been re-signed by clubs. The Washington Spirit announced earlier this month the re-signing of forward Estefanía Banini.
Banini appeared in 12 games for the Spirit this season, earning 11 starts and scoring one goal. Banini has spent the NWSL offseason on a loan with Spanish club Levante Unión Deportiva in Liga Femenina Iberdrola.
NEWS | Washington Spirit re-signs @EstefiBanini_10
— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) December 4, 2018
Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe also re-signed with the Spirit earlier this offseason. Bledsoe led the NWSL in saves with 108 and also earned four shutouts.
The reigning NWSL champion North Carolina Courage re-signed captain Abby Erceg to a new contract. Erceg was named the 2018 NWSL Defender of the Year. “Re-signing was an easy decision,” said Erceg in a press release earlier this year. “Taking into consideration our success, the culture of the team and the support we receive, it left me very little option other than to sign for as long as I possibly could. I’m excited for the seasons ahead.”
In November, Orlando Pride forward Sydney Leroux announced her pregnancy on Twitter.
Don’t worry Cassius. Mommy and daddy cried too. pic.twitter.com/ZP2e3rGdsw
— Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) November 28, 2018