Seattle Reign FC announced several player transactions Wednesday, as midfielder Megan Rapinoe, defender Stephanie Cox and forward Kennya Cordner were all signed for the remainder of the 2013 NWSL season. Per team and league rules, terms were not disclosed.
Rapinoe, 27, was allocated to the Reign as part of the national team allocation in January 2013. At the time of the national team allocation, Rapinoe had already signed for France’s Olympique Lyonnais for the remainder of the 2013 season, which concluded June 8th. Rapinoe helped lead Lyon to the final of the 2012/13 UEFA Women’s Champions League and win the league cup and French cup.
“Megan is a world-class talent that would make a positive impact on any club in the world,” said Laura Harvey, head coach and general manager of Seattle Reign FC. “Megan’s experience with the US Women’s National Team and at Lyon will provide our club with a much-needed infusion of talent and experience.”
Rapinoe has appeared 72 times for the United States Women’s National Team, earning a Gold Medal in the 2012 London Olympics. Rapinoe has also appeared for Seattle Sounders Women of the USL W-League, Sydney FC of the Australian W-League and Philadelphia Independence, Chicago Red Stars and magicJack of WPS.
Rapinoe will join Reign FC on June 21st and is expected to make her Reign FC debut on June 29th against the Chicago Red Stars.
Cox, 27, brings extensive professional and international experience to Reign FC. A member of the United States Women’s National Team since 2006, she won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Cox has made 82 appearances for the United States, as well as appearing for the Los Angeles Sol and Boston Breakers of WPS and Seattle Sounders Women of the W-League.
“Steph will bring leadership and top-level experience to our back line,” said Harvey. “She has demonstrated that she can consistently compete at the highest levels, which should help us significantly strengthen our defense as we move into the second half of the season.”
Cox is also expected to make her Reign FC debut on June 29th against the Chicago Red Stars.
Rapinoe and Cox both played collegiately at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon.
Cordner, 24, joins Reign FC after playing for the past season and a half with Seattle Reign FC Reserves, presented by Issaquah Soccer Club of the Women’ Premier Soccer League. A member of the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team since 2005 at age of 15, Cordner won her federation’s player of the year award in 2005 and 2010. Cordner has also appeared for clubs in Australia and Sweden.
“At every level she has played Kennya has shown she knows how to find the net,” said Harvey. “We are clearly a club that is in need of a player who can consistently deliver goals, so we are excited to see the impact Kennya can have in the NWSL.”
Cordner will be available for selection once her visa application is approved.
To make room for their new acquisitions, forward Tiffany Cameron and midfielder Lyndsey Patterson were waived. Both players will be available as free agents upon clearing waivers.