Seattle Reign FC announced today that, due to an undisclosed medical issue, the team has waived Swedish defender Antonia Göransson. With Göransson's departure, the Reign now has two international spots available.
Göransson signed with the Reign in November, coming from Vittsjö GIK of the Swedish Damallsvenskan. The 25-year-old was being considered at left back, along with draft pick Carson Pickett, but Göransson also brought extensive experience in the midfield.
"Antonia is someone that I have been watching for a long time and I think has huge potential to make an impact in this league" Reign Coach Laura Harvey said upon her signing. "Her versatility and technical ability are areas that I think will allow her to excel over here."
In addition to defensive prowess, Göransson also had strong offensive numbers. In 40 appearances for the Sweden national team, she scored 17 goals. She also scored 30 goals in roughly 120 matches with her club teams, which included Kristianstads, SV Hamburg and Turbine Potsdam in the Frauen-Bundesliga, and Vittsjö GIK.
Reign FC now has 26 players in its preseason training camp, with a familiar face getting added to the preseason roster. Forward Dani Foxhoven, after announcing she was taking a break from soccer in January, has been training with the team.
Seattle will travel to Portland for its first preseason match this Sunday at 5 p.m. against the Portland Thorns. We expect this match will be streamed, and will provide updates as we get final confirmation.
2016 Seattle Reign FC Pre-Season Roster - as of Friday, March 25
(GK) Hope Solo, Haley Kopmeyer, Lindsey Luke (draft pick), Andi Tostanosky (NRI)
(DEF) Lauren Barnes, Rachel Corsie, Elli Reed, Kendall Fletcher, Carson Pickett (draft pick), Michelle Cruz, Paige Nielsen (draft pick), Kelly Beck (NRI)
Non-Roster Invitee (NRI) | Not Yet Reported to Camp (NYR)