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Hope Solo injury opens door for Reign's newest signing

22-year-old Caroline Stanley provides a backup option for Coach Laura Harvey.

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The Seattle Reign announced today the signing of goalkeeper Caroline Stanley. Stanley — who has been on the Reign's full roster as an amateur call-up while Hope Solo was with the U.S. National Team for the Women's World Cup — is a 2014 graduate from the University of Southern California.

Stanley will provide roster depth for the Reign while Solo recovers from a knee injury sustained during the World Cup. NWSL roster rules allowed for amateur call-ups during the World Cup break, but required teams to sign or drop these players once World Cup players returned.

When Solo returns remains a question. For now, she is focused on getting healthy and returning to the field for the Reign.

"I am looking forward to rejoining my teammates and helping them push for an NWSL championship in this second half of the season," Solo said in a Reign press release.

Solo's injury will give Haley Kopmeyer, 25, more opportunities to shine. Kopmeyer has led the team to a 5-1-3 record in the World Cup stretch, earning two shutouts and averaging four saves per game.

The 22-year-old Stanley twice earned Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honors her senior season with USC, and helped lead her team to the first round of the 2014 NCAA tournament. She played in two preseason matches with the Reign: a 5-0 win against the University of Portland and a 2-0 victory against the University of Washington.

Stanley seems to be meshing well with the team and with goalkeeper coach Ben Dragavon, stating: "It's huge to mesh well with your goalkeeper coach. Ben has broken so much of my game down and has taught me an overwhelming amount about movement and technique."