The Reign's Machiavellian plan to keep themselves in the spotlight by parceling out roster announcements through the week has reached stage three. Today they've announced that they've signed their first round draft pick, Portland Pilots defender Amanda Frisbie.
In case you missed the draft coverage, Frisbie was a dominant midfielder for the Pilots for multiple seasons, then switched to defense last season and promptly became a Hermann Trophy semifinalist at the position. With one of the top central defenders in the draft, the team solidified a position of real need and added to their massive collection of Portland Pilots alumni, which is now at six players. Here are some highlights of her college career, including a friendly match against the pro Thorns:
Frisbie has maintained that the Reign was always the team that she wanted to join, despite the existence of the hometown Thorns:
And that isn't just blowing smoke. You can tell from the reaction video of her family when she was drafted that Seattle was the team she wanted. So now everybody's happy! Frisbie gets to reunite with the pro Pilots and Seattle gets a central defender who should be favored to earn a starting job from day one.
The signing puts the team at 18 players from a maximum roster size of 20 and still without a backup keeper on the roster. That likely leaves only one spot for the two remaining draft picks: UNC defender Megan Brigman and fellow Pilot Ellen Parker. The team has two more roster announcements scheduled this week, though one's expected to be a contract extension, so we're likely to see one more player added.