The Seattle Reign FC unveiled their new alternate kit for the upcoming 2017 season at their season kickoff party held at the iconic Washington Athletic Club, Tuesday evening.
Retaining the Volt colorway, the new kit uses the Nike template Revolution, which is widely used among club and national teams this year. The Reign are keeping the home blues from last year, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. New with both kits and as is for all teams in the NWSL, the league patch is only on the left arm, while the right arm is sporting a Lifetime patch to commemorate the league’s new partnership with A+E Networks. The goalkeeper kit remains black for this season.
Other tidbits from the season kickoff party were...
Microsoft is returning as the presenting partner, meaning their logo will be across the kits and representatives from Microsoft talked about the opportunity to have their technology help the Reign on the sports science front. From analyzing player performance to health & wellness, echoing what was said at last year’s season kickoff party.
Team owner Bill Predmore touched on a couple topics, including head coach and general manager Laura Harvey isn’t going anywhere, and the addition of former Reign player and US international Stephanie Cox to Laura Harvey’s coaching staff. Predmore also gave a “state of the Reign FC” speech talking about the disappointment of last season and the faith in the players and coaching staff to get back on track.
Reign FC Academy Technical Director Tracey Kevins spoke about the progress of the academy teams, which is something our own Susie Rantz covered in an interview with Kevins back in February. Kevins said tonight that the goal is to “one day produce our very own homegrown player.”
Team owner Teresa Predmore talked about the community partnerships the Reign FC have, highlighting that they will continue their partnership with Water 1st International and the Austen Everett Foundation, as well as continuing the Reign FC Legends.
University of Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore then did a Q&A with Laura Harvey. Highlights included being put on the spot as to which Predmore she liked more, choosing summer in Seattle over London and Honolulu, going over the disappointment of last season and their commitment to get it right this season and describing how the co-captaincy of Jess Fishlock & Lauren Barnes will play out.
Then came the new alternate kits. Co-captains Jess Fishlock & Lauren Barnes showed off the new kits along with members from the Reign FC Academy teams.
Reign FC start the 2017 season hosting Sky Blue FC this Saturday, April 15 at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 PM.