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Defender Kristen McNabb re-signs with Seattle Reign FC

Seattle player Kristen McNabb (19) stops a goal attempt by Orlando player Alex Morgan (13) during the Seattle Reign at Orlando Pride NWSL game at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

A day after trading for a forward, Seattle Reign FC shored up its defense for the 2019 season, bringing back a talented defender.

The club re-signed Kristen McNabb for 2019. Terms of the deal were not disclosed when the club announced it Tuesday.

McNabb, 24, was the 37th overall pick by the Reign in the 2017 NWSL College Draft out of the University of Virginia. She has started in 26 matches over the past two seasons.

“I’m so excited to be returning to Seattle for a third year,” McNabb said in a statement from the club. “I love the organization, the city, and the fans and I’m excited to build on the success of last season.”

McNabb scored her first NWSL goal as a rookie, slotting a strike home on April 22, 2017 against the Houston Dash. In her second pro season, she started 12 games and appeared in another eight, tallying 25 tackles. The Reign had 12 clean sheets last season and allowed just 21 goals all year.

“Kristen is a very solid competitor,” Seattle head coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “She works hard in training, she’s consistent, and I look forward to seeing the impact she has on our defense next season.”

McNabb has also played in Australia on loan with Melbourne Victory FC and appeared for the U.S. national team on the U-18 and U-23 levels.

In addition to signing McNabb and trading for Darian Jenkins, Seattle also signed Spanish national team defender Celia Jiménez Delgado earlier this month.

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