The Reign bolstered the backline today with the addition of 25-year-old Scotland defender Rachel Corsie. Corsie is a familiar face to new teammates Kim Little, whom she plays with on the national team, and Jess Fishlock, whom she played with at Glasgow City in 2013.
After six seasons in Glasgow, Corsie spent last season with FAWSL team Notts County where she was team captain and awarded the Fans' Player of the Year and was co-winner of the Manager's Player of the Year. She's also vice-captain of the Scottish national team.
“Rachel is a terrific player who will bring depth and experience to our backline,” Reign FC general manager and coach Laura Harvey said. “She will make the entire defensive unit stronger by providing us flexibility we lacked last season. We are excited to have her with the club and know she will make an impact.”
Corsie become the fourth international currently on the roster, joining Little, Fishlock, and the recently signed Katrine Veje. NWSL expanded the number of international spots available to teams to four this season to help clubs cope with the impact of the 2015 World Cup.
As a primarily central defender she should be an upgrade on a defense that was already the best in the league last season by goals allowed. But making room for her will have to be Kendall Fletcher or Lauren Barnes, who were among the leaders in minutes played for Seattle last season.