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Three Reign FC players receive best-of-year honors

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Megan Rapinoe earns her first Best XI honor, while Seattle’s Aussies make return appearances on the Second XI.

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Three Seattle Reign FC players feature on the 2018 NWSL Best XI and Second XI teams, which were announced yesterday.

Forward Megan Rapinoe was named to the Best XI for the first time in her NWSL career, to go along with Second XI accolades from 2013, 2015 and 2017. Rapinoe finished the 2018 season with seven goals and six assists, surpassing Kim Little to become the club’s all-time leading scorer. Rapinoe’s seven goals were good for second-most on the team behind Jodie Taylor’s nine, and her six assists tied her for third-most in the league.

The NWSL Second XI featured both of Seattle’s Australian internationals, goalkeeper Lydia Williams and fullback Steph Catley. The pair helped set several club defensive records this season, with Williams earning 10 clean sheets and leading the league in save percentage, as well as setting a new league record 525-minute shutout streak. In addition to her defensive duties, Catley recorded three assists, including the game-winning corner kick which found Megan Rapinoe’s head to defeat Utah in July.

This is Catley’s third Second XI honor, while Williams returns to the list for the second time.

NWSL Goalkeeper and Coach of the Year honors will be announced in the coming days; Williams and Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski are among the finalists for those awards. Rapinoe was nominated for Most Valuable Player; earlier today that award went to Portland Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan.