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Reign International Recap: Fishlock Celebrates 150 Caps

Six Reign players repped their national teams in the most recent international window.

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Jordyn Huitema of Canada faces off against the USWNT in a SheBelieves Cup game on April 9, 2024.
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Six Seattle Reign players featured for their national teams during the NWSL season’s first international break.

150 for our Number 10 

Jess Fishlock became the first Welsh player ever to reach 150 caps earlier this week in a 6-0 victory over Kosovo in UEFA Women’s Euros qualifying. It was the largest margin of victory for Wales since 2006, the year Fishlock made her debut. She has started 148 of those 150 games and has played in 66% of Wales' international matches.

“To be able to play 150 games and still kind of going strong…that’s not easy to do. I think I’ll be more proud of that than anything else, that I’m available to play for my country when needed and when necessary and hopefully I can continue to do that for a little longer,” Fishlock said in a video posted to the FAW’s social media. 

If you were wondering what “kind of going strong” looks like, Fishlock tallied two assists against Kosovo and two goals in Cymru’s first game of qualifying against Croatia on April 5th. 

Reign midfielder Angharad James earned a goal and an assist across both games, while defender Lily Woodham was also called up and started both matches for Wales. 

How exactly does qualifying work?

Here's how Wales can qualify for the 2025 Euros:

Step 1: Win the group
The winners of each of the four groups advance to be seeded in the next round, as do the two best runners-up. Wales is in Group 4 of League B after finishing last in their Nations League A group. With a three-point lead and a goal differential of 10, they are leading the group with one game remaining. 

Step 2: Win first playoff game
League B remains self-contained into the first playoff round, meaning that Wales could face one of the lower-ranked runners-up or one of the four third-place teams. 

Step 3: Win final playoff game
The second playoff round is an unseeded draw of 14 teams. If Wales beats their opponent, they’ll qualify for the Euros, which would be their first-ever major tournament berth.

Death, taxes, and Ji So-yun goals

South Korea took on the Philippines in a pair of friendlies, winning both by scores of 3-0 and 2-1. Ji started both games and scored a beauty of a free kick in the 76th minute of the first, in which she wore the captain’s armband. 

Canada places second in SheBelieves Cup

Jordyn Huitema started for Canada in both games of their 2024 SheBelieves Cup campaign. They knocked out Brazil on penalties in the first game to reach the final, where they lost in yet another dramatic shootout against the USWNT. Huitema picked up a knock during the final and was subbed off right before the half. Quinn was originally named to the roster as well, but was replaced after they sustained a concussion with the Reign in late March.

Adames joins US U-20 WYNT

Reign forward Emeri Adames was one of two players born in 2006 named to the U.S. U-20 Women’s Youth National Team roster for their April camp in Verl, Germany. They played friendlies against Germany and Canada, drawing with the hosts and beating Canada, 3-0. Adames started the opening match against Germany.