Reign elect not to retain rights to Adriana Leon
The Canadian forward departs Seattle Reign FC
Adriana Leon appeared in six games for Seattle Reign FC in 2018. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/
Adriana Leon appeared in six games for Seattle Reign FC in 2018. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/

Seattle Reign FC has elected not to retain the rights to forward Adriana Leon, the club announced Thursday. Leon will be leaving the club to pursue an opportunity to play in Europe this year, the Reign’s news release said, though what team and league was not revealed.

The Canadian international forward was an allocated player for the 2018 season and joined Seattle after being traded from Sky Blue FC midseason. In her time with the Reign, she played 152 minutes in six games.

Through the NWSL Distribution Process, teams had until 5 p.m. ET on Thursday to submit their interest in acquiring Leon’s rights. She was not selected by any of the league’s eight other teams and is now Discovery Eligible within the league.

“We appreciate all Dri contributed last season. She came in, worked hard, and was a positive part of the group during her time in Seattle,” Seattle Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski said in a team press release. “She received a great opportunity to play in Europe that we all agreed would be best for her to pursue, especially given that this is a World Cup year. We wish her the best and would welcome her back to the club in the future.”

“I would like to thank the Seattle Reign for welcoming me halfway through the season last year,” Leon said in the release. “A special thank you to the Predmore family for all they do for the Reign and women’s soccer. It was great to work with such a talented group of athletes. I wish everyone continued success and all the best next season.”

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