After obtaining her rights in a November trade with the Washington Spirit, Seattle Reign FC has signed goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel for the 2017 NWSL season.
Schiffel, who has participated in U-20 and U-23 women’s national team camps, most recently spent the 2016 season playing with Avaldsnes IL in the Norwegian Toppserien, helping the club finish second on the league table. Avaldsnes won 18 of their 22 matches and qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
On Wednesday, the 22-year-old Schiffel was one of 30 players called up for the U-23 Women’s National Team January camp.
“I am excited for many reasons to have signed with the Reign,” said Schiffel. “Working and playing every day with top players, coaches, and club will provide phenomenal experience on and off the field. Also, to be back in the States on the west coast, in a beautiful and progressive city, could not be any more ideal. As a person and player, this upcoming season will bring many opportunities for growth. I am thankful for this privilege and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Schiffel was originally selected 34th overall by the Washington Spirit in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, Schiffel set single-season school records for wins (13), shutouts (9), and minutes played in goal (1,865).
Signing Schiffel implies that the Reign will be without Hope Solo — at least to start the season. With a limited 20-player roster, it would be unusual for the team to sign three healthy goalkeepers. Solo took the end of the 2016 NWSL season off after having her U.S. Soccer contract terminated and had shoulder surgery in the fall. Her professional future remains a mystery for now.
With Schiffel, Seattle has a quality, experienced professional to serve as Haley Kopmeyer’s backup.