The Seattle Reign have signed two new players as they prepare for a second half of the season that has to be more successful than the first.
Defender (and Gig Harbor local) Stephanie Cox was one of the many US national team players to play with the Sounders Women last season. There have been hints for months that Cox would be involved with the local pro team after coming back from childbirth in the spring. Arguably, Cox would have been on the initial league allocation list if she hadn't been pregnant, so the Reign may have gotten a little lucky with this signing, which would be novel. She'll immediately add quality and experience to the defensive line and is already familiar with working with Hope Solo in both club and national team duty.
The team also signed Tobagan forward Kennya Cordner, who had been playing on the Reign Reserve team (also known as Issaquah SC). The team is in dire need of a forward who can create some danger around the box, scoring only 4 goals in their first 10 matches. Cordner has certainly done that against lesser competition, scoring 3 goals in her first 4 NPSL matches and (according to Wikipedia) 20 in her 17 matches with the T&T national team, but it remains to be seen if she can score consistently against pros.
The team also officially announced the signing of Megan Rapinoe from Lyon.
The addition of those three players required three cuts, and so far the team has let go of Tiffany Cameron and Lyndsey Patterson, with a third to be let go when Cox joins in a couple of weeks.
Cameron was considered something of a coup signing as an active Canada national team forward who didn't have to go through allocation, but she hasn't been able to find a scoring touch for Seattle after joining the team late. Patterson is another former Sounder who was only able to pick up 37 minutes on the field this season in a crowded midfield.
Rapinoe is expected to join the team for Sunday's game against Western New York. Cordner will join the team once her visa clears, and Cox will join later.