Seattle Reign FC continued their busy offseason by announcing the re-signings of three players over the last week. Jasmyne Spencer, Morgan Andrews and Kristen McNabb all signed new contracts with the club.
Spencer, acquired via trade last offseason, and Andrews, acquired in the 2018 Dispersal Draft, will both be heading into their second seasons with the Reign. McNabb, drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NWSL College Draft, will be starting her third season in Seattle.
Washington Spirit defender Taylor Smith tore her ACL while playing for Newcastle Jets in the W-League. Smith was injured in their Round 7 draw vs. Perth Glory.
“Really rough year to say the least,” Smith wrote in a post on Twitter on Wednesday. “Bummed [about] my ACL, but tough times don’t last tough [people] do.”
“We are devastated for Taylor, but know that she is a warrior and will be back stronger than ever. We’ll be doing everything we can to help her recover and get back to the game she loves,” the Spirit said in a statement.
really rough year to say the least. bummed abt my acl, but tough times don’t last tough ppl do?? thank you everyone who reached out i’ll be back better than ever ❤️ pic.twitter.com/DvVoUvp6Fw
— Taylor Nicole Smith (@taylornsmith11_) December 20, 2018
Seattle Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski and North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley received their U.S. Soccer Pro Licenses this week, the culmination of a year-long process that began last January.
Andonovski and Riley were two of twelve coaches from NWSL, MLS and the USL to become the third class to complete their U.S. Soccer Pro License.
Vlatko & myself representing NWSL in 2018 PRO License. Amazing group of coaches, fantastic instructors and mentors. Graduation was last night. MASSIVE thanks USSF 4 incredible learning &collaborative experience. Do your licenses if you have chance ..education has vastly improved pic.twitter.com/vZT25x4mxc
— Paul Riley (@prileyfury4life) December 15, 2018
Orlando City SC has hired Luiz Muzzi as executive vice president of soccer operations, the club announced Tuesday.
Muzzi will oversee soccer operations for both the Orlando Pride of NWSL and Orlando City of MLS, the club said, which includes management of all player-related matters, scouting and team administration. Muzzi joins Orlando City SC after working in soccer operations for six years with FC Dallas of MLS.
Seattle Reign FC midfielder Jess Fishlock, currently on loan with Olympique Lyon, was awarded her MBE, Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
The longtime Wales midfielder was honored for her services to women’s football and the LGBT community.
Llongyfarchiadau Jess ?
— Wales ??????? (@Cymru) December 20, 2018
Former Northern Ireland Women’s Football captain Sara Booth and Welsh footballer Jessica Fishlock both received an #MBE for services to football. Jessica also received her #MBE for services to the LGBT community. pic.twitter.com/RWHqwg6wNn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 20, 2018