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NWSL: After injuries, Reign FC bolster roster by signing Rosie White, five others

Reign FC signed New Zealand international Rosie White and five other players this week to improve their roster after bad luck with several injuries.

Andonovski paces the sidelines as his club plays the NC Courage on July 13, 2019 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)
Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski paces the sidelines as his club plays the NC Courage on July 13, 2019 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)

Days after a 2-0 loss to the North Carolina Courage, which knocked them off the top of the NWSL table, Reign FC are reloading their roster.

The club made a series of roster moves this week, bolstering it after several injuries weakened the depth chart.

Shortly after that loss to the Courage, head coach Vlatko Adnonovski revealed that Australian international Lydia Williams will be out “10 to 12 weeks” with an ankle injury she suffered at the World Cup. That increased the number of players listed on the club’s injury report to 11.

Reign FC (5-5-2) got right to work on improving its roster Monday morning, starting out by signing midfielder Rebecca Quinn and defender Schuyler DeBree. Quinn, 23, has 48 caps for the Canadian national team and played 24 minutes across three games in the World Cup. She comes to the club from Paris FC, a club in France’s top division. DeBree, 22, was the 11th overall pick by the Washington Spirit in the 2018 NWSL Draft, but opted to play overseas with Czech club Sparta Praha. She was signed through the 2020 season. Both DeBree and Quinn played college soccer at Duke.

With Williams expected to be out for a prolonged stretch, the Reign then made a deal with the Spirit to acquire a backup for goalkeeper Casey Murphy. The Reign sent midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight to the Spirit and got back Sammy Jo Prudhomme. She’s in her third NWSL season, but hasn’t started since 2017, when she manned the goal for the now-defunct Boston Breakers. She was once named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year in college.

On Tuesday, the club continued to solidify its roster, signing a pair of players initially with the Reign as World Cup replacement players to longer deals. Forward Addison Steiner and defender Steph Cox received contracts for the remainder of the 2019 season.

The Reign then made a bigger move, signing New Zealand international Rosie White. The 26-year-old forward started all three games for the Football Ferns in this past World Cup.

“She brings valuable experience, both in our league and in the international game,” Andonovski said. “I think she can integrate well with the offensive system that we have in place and I am excited to work with her.”

White played college ball at UCLA and began her professional career in England with Liverpool’s women’s club. Over her two previous NWSL stints, with the Breakers in 2017 and the Chicago Red Stars in 2018, she tallied five goals and two assists over 32 appearances.

The players come in at a good time for the Reign, since the club doesn’t have a game to play until July 28. White and the other signings are expected to be available for selection that day against the Red Stars, as are World Cup players Jodie Taylor, Allie Long and Megan Rapinoe.

“We have a short timeframe in terms of how we can get them ready,” Andonovski said. “But we’ll have a slightly longer week with a few extra sessions to hopefully get them used to their new environment.”




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