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OL Reign sign defender Adrienne Jordan

She most recently played for Birmingham City as a left back.

Manchester City Women v Birmingham City Women - FA Women’s Super League - Academy Stadium Photo by Barrington Coombs/PA Images via Getty Images

On the heels of left back Steph Catley’s departure, OL Reign announced they have signed defender Adrienne Jordan. She has already completed the league’s mandatory quarantine period and been tested for COVID-19 — and she joined the club in Missoula, Montana, where they are now training.

Jordan joins OL Reign from England’s Women’s Super League club Birmingham City, where she held down the left-back position — playing every minute of the league’s 13-match season, which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As this scouting report from Total Football Analysis indicates, she was a bright spot for a team that struggled this season, finishing 11th out of 12 teams. Jordan is a speedy defender who reads the game well, anticipating passes and runs. On the other side of the ball, she’s great at creating space off the ball and helping her team control possession.

“We are excited to add Adrienne to the squad. We have been monitoring her play in the WSL and believe this was perfect time for her to make a move to our club,” said OL Reign CEO Bill Predmore. “Jordan should have a great opportunity to showcase her talents and we expect her to play an important role with our squad.”

Jordan, 26, was drafted by the Chicago Red Stars in 2016 after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado, but she chose to start her professional career in Europe. She made 19 appearances as a rookie with Östersunds DFF in the Swedish second division. Jordan then joined Icelandic side IB Vestmannaeyja, where she won the 2017 Icelandic Women’s Cup and received a call-up to the United States U-23 team. After two seasons in Iceland, she played in 15 games for Atalanta Mozzanica in the Italian Serie A.

While Jordan prefers to play on the left, she’s also been used as a right back. She’ll probably be called upon more on the left side for OL Reign, given Catley’s departure. But Jordan also has some experience as a centerback — including in a three-back formation — which brings more flexibility for the Reign, who will be relying on heavy player rotation during the NWSL Challenge Cup.

Jordan is the third player signed by OL Reign since the suspension of the NWSL preseason on March 13. OL Reign also signed Costa Rican midfielder Shirley Cruz and Japanese international Yuka Momiki.

Jordan is also one of two signings that Predmore hinted at last week, which means the additions aren’t over just yet. The club brought a number of unsigned players to Montana for preseason, although it’s possible another signing could include a name that is not already on the preseason roster list.

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