Give Reign head coach Laura Harvey a mechanism for acquiring players and you can be sure she'll use it. Today, the Reign were the only active participants in the inaugural NWSL Distribution Draft, which is a new mechanism to more fairly distribute players who are no longer subsidized by their national federation. Nine players were available in the draft and Seattle picked two with existing ties.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder Veronica Perez is a UW Husky legend and an ex-Sounders Women star. She once earned the nickname Goal-a-game Perez for the absurd scoring rate she maintained with the Sounders, in the same season that she was surrounded on the team by national team stars like Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. She's a regular Mexico National Team player and was allocated to the Western New York Flash in the initial 2013 NWSL Mexico allocation. She was traded to Washington in 2014, then moved on to play in Australia and Europe.
She's currently a player for Sweden's KIF Örebro DFF, whose season doesn't end until October, so it's not yet clear whether she has plans to play in NWSL this year or whether this is a pick made with the future in mind. But she'd certainly find a welcome home this season on a team that knows her well and is in need of midfield depth.
The second player picked is Arianna Romero, a 23-year-old defender who was previously a Reign player for about a week. She was allocated to Seattle by the Mexico Federation in the spring of 2014 after she graduated from Nebraska, but a few days later was selected by the Houston Dash in their expansion draft. She started most of the season on the Dash back line but was traded to the Spirit in 2015 and failed to make an appearance. She's a player more likely to be immediately available for Seattle, but faces stiffer competition on a deep back-line with the returning Michelle Cruz and draft picks Carson Pickett and Paige Nielsen already in camp competing for defensive rotation spots.