This season, Spencer’s minutes have been limited to coming off the bench very late in matches, with just two appearances in the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup.
As Farid Benstiti’s side continue to develop their identity and style with a mix of veterans and young, high-potential players along with the incoming impact players from France, finding playing time for everyone is easier said than done. OL Reign may be a deep squad and this season allows for up to five substitutions, but there are still only ten outfield positions available.
“We know she must have an opportunity to play this season, but with us we believe her playing time will be limited this season. She must play, and Houston will give the chance for that to happen. We are sad and it is hard to have her go, but we are very happy for her that she will have this opportunity. I know she will do well for Houston,” Benstiti said in the club’s announcement.
Spencer joined the club (then known as Seattle Reign FC) in 2018 as part of then-coach Vlatko Andonovski’s roster overhaul after two years at Orlando Pride. Spencer has played in the NWSL since the inaugural season in 2013 and after two lost years (the ACL injury in 2019 and 2020’s pandemic) she has been more than eager to return to the field and show she has plenty of playing days left. Her sustainable clothing brand Jas It Up and contributions to the Black Women’s Player Collective have made her an undeniable fan favorite as modern-day athletes continue to utilize their power in their voice and platform as an athlete. Across all competitions, Spencer made 33 appearances for OL Reign, claiming two goals and one assist.
Goodbyes are never easy as much as it comes with the territory of sports, but she was always an entertaining guest to have on the “Coffee & Valkyries” podcast, and Reign fans will definitely miss Jasmyne Spencer as much as they appreciate the three seasons she spent with the club.