NWSL Allocation: Seattle Reign get Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Reign miss out on Alex Morgan, but they do get arguably the world's best goalkeeper and one of the best midfielders.

It might not be the exact team they wanted, but the Seattle Reign can't be too upset after getting Meagan Rapinoe and Hope Solo in the inaugural NWSL Allocation on Friday. Both players suited up for the Sounders Women and were among the key components of the United States Olympic gold-medal winners in 2012.

Rapinoe, who is one of the top midfielders in the league, is expected to join the Reign shortly after the start of the season as she is currently playing for Olympique Lyonnais in France.

Joining Solo and Rapinoe in Seattle will be forward Amy Rodriguez; midfielders Kaylyn Kyle and Teresa Noyola; and defenders Emily Zurrer and Jenny Ruiz.

Rodriguez has been considered one of the up-and-coming American stars for several years, but hasn't quite lived up to that potential. She does have more than 100 national-team caps, though, scoring 26 goals.

Kyle (65 caps) and Zurrer (55 caps) are both experienced internationals with Canada. Kyle most recently played for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the W-League, while Zurrer Sweden's Dalsjö GoIF.

Mexicans Noyola and Ruiz were among the more inexperienced players available. Ruiz, 29, has not played extensively with the team in recent years and Noyola, 22, has seven caps.

The biggest disappointment for Reign fans is where some of the players they were hoping to get ended up. Chief among them was Alex Morgan, who was allocated to the Portland Thorns. Sydney Leroux ended up with the Boston Breakers, while Veronica Perez will play for the Western New York Flash.

Full allocation list:

Boston Breakers

Sydney Leroux (USA)
Heather Mitts (USA)
Heather O'Reilly (USA)
Adriana Leon (CAN)
Rhian Wilkinson (CAN)
Anisa Guajardo (MEX)
Cecilia Santiago (MEX)

Chicago Red Stars
Shannon Boxx (USA)
Amy LePeilbet (USA)
Keelin Winters (USA)
Erin McLeod (CAN)
Carmelina Moscato (CAN)
Maribel Dominguez (MEX)
Dinora Garza (MEX)

FC Kansas City
Nicole Barnhart (USA)
Lauren Cheney (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Desiree Scott (CAN)
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN)
Renae Cuellar (MEX)
Marylin Diaz (MEX)

Portland Thorns FC
Rachel Buehler (USA)
Tobin Heath (USA)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Luz Saucedo (MEX)
Marlene Sandoval (MEX)
Karina LeBlanc (CAN)
Christine Sinclair (CAN)

Seattle Reign FC
Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Amy Rodriguez (USA)
Hope Solo (USA)
Kaylyn Kyle (CAN)
Emily Zurrer (CAN)
Jenny Ruiz (MEX)
Teresa Noyola (MEX)

Sky Blue FC
Jill Loyden (USA)
Kelley O'Hara (USA)
Christie Rampone (USA)
Sophie Schmidt (CAN)
Melanie Booth (CAN)
Monica Ocampo (MEX)
Lydia Rangel (MEX)

Washington Spirit
Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Ali Krieger (USA)
Lori Lindsey (USA)
Robin Gayle (CAN)
Diana Matheson (CAN)
Alina Garciamendez (MEX)
Teresa Worbis (MEX)

Western New York Flash
Carli Lloyd (USA)
Abby Wambach (USA)
Bryana McCarthy (CAN)
Jodi-Ann Robinson (CAN)
Veronica Perez (MEX)
Pamela Tajonar (MEX)

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