Kendall Fletcher has flipped for the Seattle Reign for the last time. The 32-year-old defender has decided to depart the Reign in order to complete a three year Advanced Diploma in Ministry from the Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia.
As part of the Reign press release Fletcher said this about her decision, “This was an extremely difficult decision for me to make. If I'm honest, there is a part of me that is surprised I had the courage to make this decision. I have never enjoyed myself more in a soccer environment than I have with the Reign. I can honestly say the last three years playing for this club have been the most enjoyable years of my career.”
Again from the Reign press release Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey said about Fletcher, “Fletch is one of the most competitive, smartest defenders I have ever worked with...Her attitude towards being the best player she can be was unmatched. Her influence on our team was exceptional and she will be truly missed.”
Fletcher, currently playing in Australia’s W-League with the Western Sydney Wanderers, played 66 matches for Seattle — tallying 5 goals and 3 assists in her 65 starts. In 2016 she played and started 20 out of 20 games for the Reign, logging 1756 out of a possible 1800 minutes. She also had a goal, and was voted Defender of the Year and MVP by her teammates and coaches.
Fletcher also played in the WPS for the Los Angeles Sol, Saint Louis Athletica, and Sky Blue FC.