The biggest piece of news was the acquisition of forward Rosie White for the remainder of the 2019 season. The New Zealand international started in all three matches for her national team at the FIFA World Cup, though she did not get on the score sheet.
Reign FC were able to pick up White because she did not re-sign with the Chicago Red Stars after the 2018 NWSL season, which made her eligible for discovery by other teams within the league.
In the team’s press release, head coach Vlatko Andonovski said, “We’re happy to add Rosie to our squad. She brings valuable experience, both in our league and in the international game. I think she can integrate well with the offensive system that we have in place and I am excited to work with her.”
Ride of the Valkyries reached out to the club regarding the availability of international spots and can report that midfielder Rumi Utsugi — who began the season occupying an international spot — recently acquired her green card, clearing the way for White to sign.
The other roster news Reign FC made today was the addition of forward Addison Steiner and former assistant coach, now active player, defender Steph Cox as permanent members of the roster for the remainder of the season. Both had previously been signed to National Team Replacement player contracts.
Steiner initially joined the team on a two month loan from Sweden’s KIF Örebro. “I feel extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to join Reign FC and to take this next step in my soccer career,” she said in a team release. “I’m looking forward to competing with, growing and learning from such high caliber players and coaching staff. I’m eager to see what Reign FC is all about.”
With Steph Cox, it would appear she has quite a lot left in the tank. After shocking virtually everyone with her decision to come out of retirement and sign as an NTR back in May, Cox has made four appearances (three starts) for Reign FC.
“I may have been initially surprised when Steph asked me about playing again, but she’s shown everyone that she can still get it done. Anytime you can add such a veteran presence that is able to play at her level, it’s a good day as a coach,” said Andonovski of the decision to promote Cox to a permanent roster spot.
All three players are expected to be available for selection, along with returning World Cup players Jodie Taylor, Allie Long, and Megan Rapinoe, for the Sunday, July 28 match against the Chicago Red Stars.
And if you haven’t yet heard, that match is almost certain to set a franchise record for home attendance — over 7,000 tickets have been distributed.
It may be a bye week for the players, but it’s been anything but quiet for Reign FC’s front office.