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Another Day Another Reign Deal: A-Rod for Mewis

An up and coming US national team winger joins the rebuilding Seattle Reign

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

So far the Seattle Reign are dominating the NWSL offseason, at least when it comes to column inches and paperwork. Their offseason roster overhaul after a disappointing first year is now reaching epic proportions as they make another deal to send forward Amy Rodriguez to Kansas City for winger Kristie Mewis.

Rodriguez was part of the team's US national team allocation, but immediately after being allocated she announced she'd be missing the season to have a child, and she was never able to suit up for the Reign.

Mewis was a constant US youth national teamer but has yet to break into a regular role on the senior side. She was the third overall pick in last year's NWSL draft out of Boston College, but at some point during the season she became a US-allocated player, which means that with Rodriguez' departure and Keelin Winters' de-allocated status, the team is still at 3 US allocated players (Mewis, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe) and still technically owes Boston a US allocated player for the deal that sent Winters to Seattle last season.

In her rookie season, Mewis finished the season 4th on FC Kansas City in minutes and 2nd on the team in shots behind Lauren Holiday, though she only scored one goal. For Seattle, she'll almost certainly line up as a wing-forward in Laura Harvey's 4-3-3, opposite Rapinoe when she returns from playing in France in midseason.

The departure of Rodriguez also re-opens the question of what to do at the center forward spot. That was a glaring hole for the Reign all last season, and at this point I suspect the team already has one or more plans in place, as they've now dealt away every true forward on the team.

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