The Seattle Reign FC officially announced their free agent signing class today which included Tiffany Cameron, Kate Deines, Jess Fishlock and Lindsay Taylor.
A forward out of the Ohio State University, Cameron earned her first three caps for Canada last month against China. Ranked #69 in the Top 100 Upperclassman by TopDrawerSoccer.com, she holds the Buckeye records for goals in a season (21) and career goals (40).
“Tiffany is a young ambitious player and by breaking into the Canadian national team she has demonstrated ability,” said Head Coach Laura Harvey about Cameron. “We want forwards who have pace and something special, and I feel Tiffany has these qualities.”
The University of Washington product, Deines is no stranger to Seattle soccer fans having played two stints with the Seattle Sounders Women (2007-2009, 2012). She also was a member of the US U-23 squad and played for Stjarnan FC in Iceland with her college teammate Veronica Perez (now with the Western New York Flash) where the team won its first Icelandic domestic cup championship.
“I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to play professionally in Seattle, before my family and friends,” said Deines. “The support in this city is awesome, and now to have a professional team in Seattle I can’t even imagine the atmosphere for our home matches.”
A two-time Wales Player of the Year, Fishlock is a 26 year old midfielder who has 22 goals in 67 international caps for Wales.
“Jess is a great player who I know a lot about from her time in the English league,” Harvey said about Fishlock. “Her experience and ability I feel will be crucial to the development of this team. She is versatile and can play anywhere in midfield and also in the front line.”
Taylor, the 2011 Soccer American National Player of the Year from Stanford, spent the last year playing professionally in Norway for Arna-Bjørnar after being selected 6th overall in the 2012 WPS College Draft.
“First and foremost I’m really excited to play at the professional level in America,” Taylor said. “To play on the West Coast and for Seattle’s first women’s professional team is very special, and I’m anxious to play for Laura and learn from her.”
No word on if the Seattle Reign FC used their fifth free agent slot during the signing period. The signing of Cameron (Canada) and Fishlock (Wales) would mean the Reign FC have hit the two-international player limit for the NWSL.