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Reigns Abroad: Winters, Corsie, Fishlock To Go Out On Loan

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Three Reign players have new teams lined up to keep the soccer going after next week's NWSL Final.

Mike Russell

The Reign are focused on next week's championship match in Portland, but some Seattle players are already declaring their intent to join the exodus of NWSL players joining other leagues on loan for the offseason. The NWSL season is short enough and salaries low enough to make it common (or in some cases necessary) for players to join European or Asian leagues in the offseason to stay in shape and supplement their income.

Earlier this week Jess Fishlock revealed to the BBC that she'll be going out on loan again this winter, but not where. Seattle's iconic Welsh midfielder is the most well-traveled of their players, frequently playing for three clubs in a season to stay active.

Keelin Winters will be returning to Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia's W-League, where she played last season in an unusual role as the team's main offensive threat. The Australian season complements NWSL's nicely, as it kicks off in mid-October and finishes in January.

Finally, Rachel Corsie will be returning to Scottish powerhouse Glasgow City FC, where she played and captained for nearly 6 years. The Scottish season is nearly over, but Glasgow has a Champions League quarterfinal matchup with Chelsea just a week after the NWSL Final.

Update: Make that four. Buried in this update from the Sydney Morning Herald is the fact that Kendall Fletcher will be re-joining defending Australian champions Canberra United, along with ex-UW and ex-Sounders Women player Veronica Perez.

If previous seasons are any indication, these three won't be the only Reign players loaned out for the winter.