According to UC Riverside’s website, Seattle Reign FC’s second pick in this year’s NWSL Supplemental Draft, defender Lauren Barnes, is leaving her assistant coaching position after signing a contract with the Reign.
“We are very excited for Lauren, and the new direction she is taking in her soccer journey, and I know that she will do great as a pro,” said UC Riverside’s Head Women’s Soccer Coach Nat Gonzalez. “Her time spent at UC Riverside as an assistant was valuable both to me as a coach, and to all of our players. I can’t express my appreciation to Lauren enough for the work she put in in helping move our program in the right direction.”
Barnes earned First-Team All-Pac 10 honors and was named a Third-Team NSCAA All-American after a stellar senior campaign at UCLA. Even though she was primarily used as a defender she led the Bruins with six assists. Drafted 15th overall by the Philadelphia Independence in the 2011 WPS Draft, Barnes played in 10 games for the Independence during her rookie season and scored two goals.
Barnes has been part of the US National Team program since the U-15 age group and helped led the US U-23’s to the 2010 Four Nations Tournament title in 2010.
As always, even though UC Riverside announced the signing we still have to wait for confirmation from the league before Barnes is officially part of the Reign FC.
Big thanks to Chris over at AllWhiteKit.com for alerting us to the news late Friday.