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OL Reign signs Miranda Nild, goalkeeper Ella Dederick

Nild played for Thailand in the 2019 Women’s World Cup but will go on loan to Sweden for 2021.

Thailand v Chile: Group F - 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Photo by Catherine Ivill/FIFA via Getty Images

Miranda Nild has secured a first team contract after spending last season on the reserve roster.

OL Reign announced the signing of Nild and goalkeeper Ella Dederick to one-year contracts on Monday. However, Nild isn’t planning on staying in the United States. Instead, the club announced that she will be loaned to Kristianstads DFF in Sweden until Dec. 31, 2021.

She will miss the entire NWSL season, including the upcoming NWSL Challenge Cup.

Nild was notably on the Thailand women’s national team for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She started and featured the full 90 minutes for Thailand in all three of their group stage matches.

Reign head coach Farid Benstiti said that the loan to Sweden was for Nild to get consistent minutes.

“Miranda showed great potential in the Fall Series and again during our training this preseason,” Benstiti said. “We think she will really benefit from playing consistent minutes this season, which Kristianstads will be able to provide. We will be excited to welcome her back to the squad for the 2022 season.”

“I am really excited not only to sign with OL Reign again, but to experience the professional world in Sweden,” Nild said. “I can already tell that Kristianstads DFF is an amazing organization, and I cannot wait to get started.”

Another goalkeeper joins OL Reign

Make it three for the goalkeeper depth chart.

In addition to Karen Bardsley and former Texas A&M goalkeeper Cosette Morché, OL Reign signed Ella Dederick to the roster. She featured collegiately locally for Washington State. She featured in 90 games, which is a school record. She also holds the record for most minutes (8,158), shut outs (29) and saves (306), in addition to wins (53).

“We have very positive feelings about Ella and are happy to welcome her to the squad,” Benstiti said. “She has really shown her quality and potential over the past few weeks—it has been very good. She has earned this opportunity and we will work hard to help her grow and develop as a player.”

“I would just like to thank OL Reign for making my dreams a reality. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of such a great organization,” Dederick said. “I’ve seen nothing but smiling faces and open arms. I am so happy I get to continue playing soccer in Washington, it already feels like home!”

OL Reign begins its NWSL Challenge Cup journey on Friday, April 16, against the Houston Dash at 10 PM EST/7 PM PT on Paramount+.

The full OL Reign roster is listed below.

Updated OL Reign Roster

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley, Ella Dederick, Cosette Morché

Defenders: Lauren Barnes, Amber Brooks, Celia, Steph Cox, Machaela George, Madison Hammond, Sam Hiatt

Midfielders: Angelina, Shirley Cruz (INT), Jess Fishlock (LOAN-April 5), Kelcie Hedge (SEI), Allie Long, Kristen McNabb, Quinn (ALL), Dani Weatherholt, Rosie White

Forwards: Bethany Balcer, Sofia Huerta, Tziarra King, Nicole Momiki, Miranda Nild (LOAN-Dec 31), Leah Pruitt, Megan Rapinoe (ALL), Jasmyne Spencer, Ally Watt (SEI)

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