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Reign Sign Haley Kopmeyer to Back Up Solo

The Michigan keeper returns to the team that drafted her in 2013 to back up starter Hope Solo.

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Day Four of Reignarök. We're running low on fresh water. Ancient beasts howl in the dark. But the roster news flows!

Today the team filled the final remaining conspicuous hole in the roster when they announced the return of goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer to back up Hope Solo. The team originally drafted Kopmeyer last season out of Michigan, and she paired with Michelle Betos to mind the net while Solo was out injured during the first half of the year. But when Solo returned, the team couldn't reasonably carry three keepers and Kopmeyer lost out to Betos for the backup job. Kopmeyer stayed close to the team and in the offseason Betos was traded to Boston as part of the Sydney Leroux deal (and is now in Portland backing up Nadine Angerer), freeing a place for her return.

The team passed on what was considered a fairly weak goalkeeper class in the amateur draft, but brings back a player who was by far the best keeper in the Big 10 and one of the best in the country for Michigan. And she'll certainly be called on to play this season, with Solo lost to national team duty for either 5-6 or 8-9 friendlies this season (depending on who you ask).

The signing brings the roster size to 19, leaving one available spot for one of the two remaining draftees or another trialist. The team's announcing one more transaction tomorrow, but it's expected to be a contract extension for a current player.

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