Reign FC drafts three midfielders and a goalkeeper
Seattle's women's soccer team has 11 spots filled on its 20-player roster after Friday's NWSL college draft.
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Reign FC drafted four players in the National Women's Soccer League college draft Friday to take another step toward a complete roster.
With its No. 7 pick in the first round, Seattle drafted Penn State senior Christine Nairn, who had 17 goals and 12 assists last season, leading the Nittany Lions to the national-championship game.
Some projections around the league had Nairn, a playmaking midfielder, going in the first couple picks.
"I'm a huge MLS fan, so I've watched the Seattle Sounders and what they've done with that program," Nairn said on a conference call, "and I cannot be more excited and more thrilled to be going to such a soccer-fanatic city."
Reign FC also selected midfielders Mallory Schaffer of William and Mary (second round) and Kristen Meier of Wake Forest (third round). Michigan goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer was the team's final pick.
"We covered all the areas we wanted to," coach Laura Harvey said in a team release.
Last week, Seattle was allocated national team players Hope Solo (USA), Megan Rapinoe (USA), Amy Rodriguez (USA), Kaylyn Kyle (Canada), Emily Zurrer (Canada), Teresa Noyola (Mexico) and Jenny Ruiz (Mexico). Nine spots remain on the 20-player roster.
Reports have indicated that teams will be limited to four free-agent signings in the open market, meaning the league would assume some control over other acquisitions. Equalizersoccer.com reported that NWSL is planning to hold a supplemental draft.
A strict salary cap is expected as well. Seattle general manager Amy Carnell said last week that such guidelines would be designed to keep the league sustainable.
Reign FC season-ticket packages go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday and the team's home venue is expected to be announced before that.
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