Seattle Reign traveling to Japan for preseason tour

INAC Kobe Leonessa - David Ramos

The Reign's two week preseason tour of Japan will see them play three matches. Two opponents are already announced - title holders INAC Kobe Leonessa and just relegated Fukuoka.

In their inaugural season Seattle Reign FC will test themselves against one of the giants in women's soccer - INAC Kobe Leonessa on March 17th (Japan time). During a two week preseason tour of Japan the Reign will travel with 24 total players, some current players will join during the tour and some trialists will travel as well. They will play two other matches. On March 20th against Fukuoka J. Anclas and a closed door match on the 24th.

Kobe Leonessa hold the past two league titles, the past three Empress's Cups and were runner's up in the League Cup. In t2012 they went 17-0-1 with a +57 goal differential. Their most famous player is 2011 FIFA player of the year midfielder Hamare Sawa. Fukuoka J. Anclas had the opposite season. They were 2-12-4 -31 in a lost season and were relegated three seasons after reaching promotion.

"Our objective is to become one of the top women's football clubs in the world," said Reign FC general manager Amy Carnell in the team release. "That process will start by testing ourselves against a talented, championship club that features some of the world's strongest talent. We're excited by the opportunity to play and train in Japan and are honored to play our first match against one of the giants of women's soccer."

American international Hope Solo and Welsh international Jess Fishlock will join the team after their duties with their nations in the Algarve Cup. The two Canadian internationals (Kaylyn Kyle and Emily Zurrer) will join after their time at the Cyprus Cup.

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