Reign Draft Frisbie, Brigman, Parker. Much Pilots. So Defender.

Seattle cements itself as Portland Pilots north. And if you're going to pick a college program to build a wall around, Portland's a pretty good one.

The 2014 NWSL Draft is complete and the Reign used it to address some needs.

In the first round (7th overall) they took Portland defender Amanda Frisbie. Frisbie becomes the sixth Portland Pilot on the team (joining Cox, Reed, Winters, Foxhoven, and Rapinoe) and is a good candidate to take over a starting spot in central defense. A forward through most of her college career, she switched to central defense in the 2013 season and ended up a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. Her background as a player up the field gives her significant ability on the ball and danger on set pieces to go along with her stout defense (which you can enjoy in the highlight video).

In the second round (17th overall) none of the keepers had yet been taken, but the team wanted to continue to solidify the defense and went with UNC defender Megan Brigman. Brigman lost the 2012 season to a broken leg, but recovered to be an every game starter on UNC's very good defensive line. She's known for her speed and will probably be used for fullback depth behind Cox and Reed.

Lacking a third round pick, Seattle had to wait until the 30th pick to take another player. Though only one keeper had been taken, they went back to the Pilots well instead, picking up Portland midfielder Ellen Parker. Parker's an attacking midfielder who'll have trouble breaking into a side with Kim Little, Megan Rapinoe, Danielle Foxhoven, Jess Fishlock, etc, etc. But players in the 4th round are always going to be projects.

Overall the team addressed significant needs with Frisbie and Brigman. Clearly the team has other plans in place for a keeper (or keepers) to backup Solo. Given that so few keepers were taken in the draft, there should be plenty available as free agents afterwards. They also have an additional international free agent signing available, though it'd be a bit of a surprise to use it at that position.

The next NWSL event of significance is probably the release of the schedule, which should happen in the next couple of weeks. And I wouldn't be surprised if Harvey starts making moves in the league again, though I'm not sure any other GMs in the league are eager about taking her calls anymore, given what she's done so far in the offseason.

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