The first-ever Seattle Reign season did not go as planned. After a midseason run gave them some hope, it petered out and the Reign finished in seventh place with just 18 points. That didn't stop them from extending head coach and GM Laura Harvey's contract through 2017 it was announced on Thursday.
"Our goal is to build one of the world's premier women's soccer clubs," Reign owner Bill Predmore said in a team release. "Laura and I share a vision on how we can achieve that objective. We understand that such ambition requires a long-term perspective, stable leadership, consistency in our approach and a relentless drive to improve the club on and off the field. Laura is the right person to lead our efforts and I look forward to working with her in the coming years to build a club capable of delivering championships."
When they had their full complement of players, the Reign were as good as anyone. As soon as Megan Rapinoe joined the squad, the Reign ran off a streak of 17 points in seven matches. Unfortunately, those were the only points the team collected aside from their season-opening tie as the Reign lost their final four matches.
But Predmore has always seemed to feel as though the Reign's struggles were beyond Harvey's control and the two of them clearly see better times ahead.
"I am grateful to the club for their support and belief in my vision for this organization," Harvey said. "I am committed to building something special in Seattle and, despite our results on the field this season, I think the organization is off to a great start. We've put the foundation in place and have a group of players that we can build around. I fully expect that the results of our hard work this year will show up on the pitch next season."