OL Reign has a slew of players on its roster representing multiple countries. With the recent signing of Jimena Lopez — and the loan deals for Dzsenifer Marozsán, Eugenie Le Sommer and goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi — the club now has players that representing 11 different countries on the international stage.
The NWSL was off last weekend for the international window, and many of those players were in action. Let’s take a look at how OL Reign players did during the recent international break.
Rose Lavelle, Megan Rapinoe and Alana Cook were all named to the U.S. women’s national team roster for the Summer Series. Lavelle and Rapinoe started in the opening match against Portugal, which resulted in a 1-0 victory off a Sam Mewis header. Lavelle went the full 90 minutes, while Rapinoe subbed off in the 73rd minute and was replaced by Sophia Smith.
In the group’s second match against fellow Concacaf nation Jamaica, Lavelle got a second consecutive start, but subbed out in the 33rd minute for Sam Mewis, after an injury. Rapinoe and Cook did not feature at all against Jamaica.
The United States has one more game this evening, against Nigeria. In a press conference previewing tonight’s game, U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski said that Lavelle would not play as a precaution, saying he did not want to take any chances.
Canada recently faced off with the Czech Republic and Brazil in a pair of friendlies. Quinn did not feature in the match against the European nation, but did start against Brazil, going for 60 minutes until being subbed out for Julia Grosso.
Canada produced 0-0 draws in both matches.
Brazil took on Canada in the second of two friendlies. Angelina was on the bench and did not take the field against Quinn and the Canadians. The same occurred in their first friendly against Russia, which was held in Cartagonova, Spain, where Brazil claimed a 3-0 victory over the Russians.
Shirley Cruz played a major role in two Costa Rican victories during the international window. Costa Rica faced off twice against Guatemala, as part of celebratory activities surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Costa Rican Football Federation.
On Sunday, Cruz entered the match in the 64th minute and immediately helped with the build up to Melissa Herrera’s goal moments later. In the second match, Cruz scored a stunner in the 15th minute, notching the first of four scored by Costa Rica in that game.
Don’t worry, I got you. pic.twitter.com/UuUQqTP01V— AJ (@ASpucciTaco) June 15, 2021
The first match ended in a 3-1 win and the second match finished with a 4-1 victory for the Costa Ricans. Fellow NWSL player Raquel Rodriguez saw action in both matches, too.
Japan did something new during the international break, with Nicole Momiki named to the roster — they took on a nation they had never previously played. In the first friendly against Ukraine, the Olympic hosts won in a massive 8-0 victory.
Momiki scored in the 90th minute, after entering the match in the 60th minute to replace Yuzuho Shiokoshi.
90' But ! Au tour de Momiki de participer à la fête 8-0 #JPNUKR pic.twitter.com/fEG6o9osl8— Philippe Serve (@PhilippeServe06) June 10, 2021
Then, the Japanese took on Mexico in a clash at the Kanseki Stadium Tochigi. Momiki again scored, this time in the 53rd minute, after starting the match at right midfield. She exited the contest in the 58th minute for Shiokoshi.
¡Goooooooool! ¡Llegó el tercero! Las Niponas madrugaron al equipo mexicano— TUDN MEX (@TUDNMEX) June 13, 2021
Japón 3-1 México #TriplePasiónPorTUDN I #PasiónYOrgullo I #EllasEnTUDN
@TUDNMEX y @TUDNUSA
Momiki, in fact, took on her soon-to-be Reign teammate, Jimena Lopez.
Lopez featured in the loss to Japan, coming on as a substitute in the 52nd minute to replace Karina Rodriguez. Mexico did get one goal on the board against Japan, coming from the golden boot winner of the recent Liga MX Femenil Clausura season, Alison Gonzalez of Atlas.
The match was Mexico’s lone contest of the international break. However, in just over two weeks La Tri will take on the United States on July 1 and 5 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Jess Fishlock was named to the Wales roster for one match against Scotland, starting and playing the full game. Wales dropped the friendly to Scotland after a goal from Erin Cuthbert in the 59th minute.
France & Germany
There were no call ups for Sarah Bouhaddi and Eugenie le Sommer for France and Dzsenifer Marozsán for Germany after their travels to Tacoma to join OL Reign. Their respective nations did face off on June 10, with France earning a 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Kenza Dali goal in the 30th minute.
New Zealand did not have any games in the international window, leaving Rosie White to train with the Reign in Tacoma.
Karen Bardsley was initially named to the Great Britain roster, but an injury suffered during an NWSL contest forced her to withdraw from the Olympic roster. There is no timetable to how long Bardsley will remain out.