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Reign Add International Spot, Send Draft Pick to Boston

Seattle trades a late round pick to open up room for another international player, giving Laura Harvey room to work her recruitment magic again.

Mike Russell

The Seattle Reign have traded a 2nd round pick in the 2017 draft to the Boston Breakers in exchange for one of their international spots for the upcoming season.

International players have been keystones of Laura Harvey's rosters since the 2014 resurgence of the Reign. Kim Little and Jess Fishlock (who now has her green card and no longer takes an international spot) are two of the team's three most influential players — along with American Megan Rapinoe — and in 2014 Nahomi Kawasumi was a fan favorite and key player in the attack. Now Harvey will again be able to show off her ability to recruit top international players.

The Reign have already announced the signings of two internationals in the offseason: Dutch attacker Manon Melis and Swedish flank player Antonia Göransson. They along with Little and Corsie were taking up the team's allotment of four internationals, necessitating this trade if Harvey has another foreign player in mind.

The second round pick the Reign sent in exchange is a pretty small expense. If you expect Seattle to continue to be a force in the league (and that's a reasonable expectation as long as Little, Fishlock, and Rapinoe are suiting up) then their picks are late picks, and a late second round pick is a player that isn't even guaranteed to make a roster, much less have a significant impact. But for Boston, who by my calculation has only one international player — Australian Kyah Simon — on the books, it's an easy asset to deal.

The next major event of the offseason is the draft on January 15. But don't be surprised if we hear about a new international player signing before then.

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