Reign FC made two player announcements Monday, sharing that standout star Jess Fishlock signed a new contract with the club and longtime midfielder Beverly Yanez will retire after a 10-year career.
Fishlock’s contract will keep her with the Reign for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The Wales native has been with the Reign since the National Women’s Soccer League’s inaugural season, and has been a regular contributor since.
She enjoyed a strong start to the season in 2019, scoring three goals and picking up one assist in five matches, before tearing her ACL, but is expected to be fit for the 2020 season.
“Returning to Reign FC was an easy decision for me,” Fishlock said in a club statement. “I am excited for the future of this club and I wanted to be a part of that.”
The Reign’s day was also marked by the retirement of Yanez, a veteran who made over 100 appearances for the club. Her 10-year career saw her play in four countries and establish herself as a veteran of women’s soccer in the United States and abroad.
Yanez, 31, spent the majority of her career with Reign FC, joining the team in 2014, and she was part of the 2014 and 2015 Reign teams that won the NWSL Shield.
The midfielder began her career in Women’s Professional Soccer with the Washington Freedom and the Western New York Flash before stints in Finland with PK-35 and Japan with INAC Kobe Leonessa.
Additionally, she spent time in Australia with Melbourne Victory during the Reign’s offseasons in 2016 and 2017.
In a statement issued by the club, Yanez said she was “grateful” to have spent more than half of her career with the Reign.
“A 26-year-old comes in and is trying to make an impact,” Yanez said. “To have a club be interested in me, invest in me and believe in me? To have them care for me and support me? It means the world.”
“This is a very exciting new chapter for me, but it’s also an emotional one to close because I cared and loved what I did so much,” she continued. “I’m so grateful to be able to choose when I step away. A lot of players don’t get to do that. My family and I will always be Reign fans for the rest of our lives.”
Yanez has already arranged her post-retirement plans and will begin a coaching career. She will join the coaching staff at the Copa Soccer Training Center, based in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Yanez also noted in the statement that her experiences playing around the world will be something she aims to transfer into her new role.
“I’m extremely passionate about sharing the game with the youth,” Yanez said. “I’m excited to see how I can make an impact in the growth of soccer in the US. It’s a huge passion of mine. I’m especially passionate about giving back to the women’s game and empowering other women to chase their dreams.”