Seattle Reign FC announced today the signing of Australian international forward Larissa Crummer, pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). With Crummer’s signing, Seattle now has filled all of its five international roster spots.
Crummer is on a Melbourne City FC squad that includes four other Seattle players: Jess Fishlock, Lauren Barnes, Beverly Yanez, and recently-signed Rebekah Stott. Crummer, who is just 21 years old, scored the club’s first W-League goal last season, and went on to score 10 more goals on her way to winning the league’s Golden Boot award.
“I’m excited to join the Reign for the upcoming season, as I’ve heard nothing but positive things about the club,” said Crummer. “This is a new challenge for me in a great league and I’m thankful to Seattle for giving me the opportunity.”
The forward has 13 appearances for Australia and was the youngest member of Australia’s 2015 World Cup squad. She made two appearances in the tournament: in the group stage match against Sweden and Australia’s quarterfinal against Japan. Crummer also played two matches for Australia in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Crummer comes to Seattle after a tough year of injuries. She had to pull out of Olympic qualifying due to a knee injury, and things didn’t get much better. An ankle injury kept Crummer out of the first half the of 2016-17 W-League season. Then, after earning her first start on January 7, Crummer suffered a fractured foot the following week.
When she’s healthy, though, Crummer is a force that could cause all sorts of trouble for NWSL opponents. A mobile No. 9, Crummer stands at 5’ 10” — and uses her height and strength to her advantage. She’s physical and puts herself in great positions to take advantage of loose balls or crosses into the box.
“Crummer was someone that we looked at last year when she played with Jess [Fishlock] and Kim [Little] at Melbourne City, but we felt that maybe last year would be too early for her,” said Laura Harvey, Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager. “She’s a dynamic player who will add a new dimension and depth to our attack. We’re excited to see what she can contribute to the club.”
Prior to joining Melbourne City FC, Crummer played in the W-League for the Brisbane Roar from 2012 to 2013 and Sydney FC 2013 to 2015.
While she’s been a forward for the majority of her professional career, Crummer played mostly as a defender during her time with Sydney FC — making her another versatile addition to Seattle. At this point, however, the team probably needs Crummer in the attack.
“I think coming over to play for us will really help her develop,” said Harvey. “Bringing in someone who’s that young and has such an established goal scoring career is great. Playing in America is a huge challenge, but now is the time to get her here and give her the opportunity to try and achieve that.”
Crummer might still be recovering when the Reign season begins, but there’s no denying that she could be a huge signing for the squad.