The Seattle Reign FC announced to the rest of the NWSL today that they are still in the hunt for the NWSL title as they agreed to terms with midfielder Emily Van Egmond, co-captain of the Australian Women’s National Team.
“Emily is a young, talented and creative midfielder with enormous upside,” said Laura Harvey, head coach and GM of Seattle Reign FC. “We believe she can make an immediate impact as we make a push for the playoffs over the final seven matches of the season.”
Some NWSL fans will remember Van Egmond from her time with the Western New York Flash. Van Egmond scored on the fourth penalty kick in the 2012 WPSL Elite Championship final to give the Flash a 3-2 lead and ultimately the title.
To make room for Van Egmond not the roster, the Reign had to place forward Kennya Cordner on waivers. Cordner, who saw 124 minutes on the pitch for the Reign, was promoted from the Reign FC Reserves in mid-June during the period when national team players were with their respective camps.
“We added Kennya to our roster on a temporary basis, knowing it would be a few weeks before Van Egmond would be able to join the club,” said Harvey. “To her great credit, Kennya was able to quickly fit into the squad and help us turn the season around during her short stay with the senior team. We think she is a terrific player and hope she can play a role with the club in the future.”