The first-year Seattle Reign will have to make do without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who will be out 3-4 months while she recovers from left wrist surgery. That means Solo will miss at least the first half of the season, but is expected to be back in time to make a push for the inaugural NWSL playoffs.
"We were all pleased to learn that Hope is expected to make a full recovery and that she should be available for our push toward the playoffs," Reign FC general manager Amy Carnell said in a team release. "Of course, we wish Hope could be with us from the first day of preseason, but injuries are part of the game. Over the long haul, having a healthy Hope Solo makes us stronger for our run at the championship, not only this season but for seasons to come."
The good news for the Reign is that their schedule is weighted a little heavier toward the back end, as nine of their 22 matches will be in July and August. With Solo out, that leaves Michelle Betos and Haley Kopmeyer to compete for the starting spot. Betos most recently played for Cyprus' Apollon Limassol and Kopmeyer is coming off a senior year at Michigan in which she was named the Big Ten goalkeeper of the year.