Ahead of the league’s roster freeze on Friday, OL Reign announced today that they have signed goalkeeper Maia Pérez to a contract for the remainder of the 2023 NWSL season. Peréz, who was a free agent, was acquired through the discovery process and brings the club back to three goalkeepers under contract.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to join OL Reign and learn from some of the best in the sport,” said Pérez in a team release. “This is obviously a very important time in the league, so I’m ready to get to work and help the team as much as possible.”
Collegiately, Pérez played for the University of Hartford from 2017 through 2021, where she was a three-time America East All-Conference goalkeeper. Pérez was previously signed with Angel City FC ahead of the 2022 season, but was loaned to Grand Paris Seine Ouest (GPSO) 92 Issy of the French second division in June 2022 for the duration of their 2022/23 season. Pérez made two appearances for Issy before announcing her intention to retire at the end of last year.
“We’re extremely fortunate to be able to sign a goalkeeper of Maia’s caliber and experience at this point in the season,” said OL Reign general manager Lesle Gallimore in a team release. “Her understanding of the league and the level of play is important. Her eagerness and positive attitude around supporting our late-season playoff push made her signing a simple choice for OL Reign.”