Seattle Reign FC signs Welsh captain Jess Fishlock, former Sounder Kate Deines, 2 others

Liviu Bird February 4, 2013 17


Seattle Reign FC announced defender Kate Deines (left) as one of its five free-agent signings on Monday before the start of the inaugural NWSL season. (Photo: clappstar/Flickr)

SEATTLE — As part of the National Women’s Soccer League free-agent signing period, Seattle Reign FC announced four of its five signings on Monday. Wales captain Jess Fishlock, former Seattle Sounders Women defender Kate Deines, and forwards Tiffany Cameron and Lindsay Taylor will play for Seattle in 2013.

Reign FC general manager Amy Carnell said the club would not be using its fifth allotted free-agent slot. By the time it received word that a fifth slot had been made available, Carnell said the club would rather keep the spot open.

“There were a couple prospects (at the last minute), but nobody that really, really stood out to us,” she said in a phone interview following the club announcement.

Reign FC was allotted the extra slot after forward Amy Rodriguez announced she is pregnant and will miss the entire 2013 NWSL season. Megan Rapinoe and Teresa Noyola will also miss the start of the season because of short-term contracts in Europe, for Lyon of France and the Netherlands’ ADO Den Haag, respectively.

Of the signed players, midfielder Fishlock carries the most professional accolades into her new team. She was the Wales Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, as well as an English Women’s Premier League all-star selection last season.

Fishlock’s signing is the first recognizable moment of head coach Laura Harvey’s influence, as she comes to Reign FC from her post as Arsenal Ladies manager.

“Jess is a great player who I know a lot about from her time in the English league,” Harvey said in a club release. “She is used to playing overseas, having played in Holland (with AZ Alkmaar) and Australia (with Melbourne Victory). Her experience and ability, I feel, will be crucial to the development of this team.”

Former Husky Deines grew up in Issaquah, Wash., across the I-90 Bridge from downtown Seattle. She is in the U.S. women’s under-23 player pool.

Deines most recently played for the Stjarnan Women in Iceland after completing a stint with the W-League Seattle Sounders Women. She was the Atlanta Beat’s fourth-round pick in the 2012 WPS Draft before the league cancelled the season and later folded.

“I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to play professionally in Seattle, (in front of) my family and friends,” Deines said. “The support in this city is awesome, and now to have a professional team in Seattle, I can’t even imagine the atmosphere for our home matches.”

She and fellow Washington graduate Veronica Perez — who was allocated to the Western New York Flash — left for Iceland after playing for the Sounders Women in 2012. They won the Icelandic Women’s Cup while playing for the club based in Garðabær, just outside the capital city of Reykjavik.

Deines’ signing comes as no surprise, as she alluded to her desire to sign with Reign FC repeatedly on Twitter.

Canadian international Cameron received her first caps during Canada’s recent participation in the Yongchuan Cup in China. She entered around the hour mark in all three of Canada’s matches in the tournament.

Cameron played collegiately at Ohio State, earning Second Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten honors in her 2012 senior season. She led her team (and the tied for the conference lead) with 21 goals in 22 games.

“We want forwards who have pace and something special, and I feel Tiffany has these qualities,” head coach Harvey said.

Fellow forward Taylor also fits that bill. As a two-time First Team All-American in 2008 and 2011, as well as Soccer America’s National Player of the Year and the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2011, she scored 53 goals in her four years for 2011 national champion Stanford.

“She has pace and power,” Harvey said. “We will be looking to play a way which suits Lindsay’s strengths.”

Taylor played for Arna-Bjørnar of Norway’s Toppserien in 2012, and she was chosen sixth overall in the 2012 WPS Draft.

Reign FC’s next move will be to select six players in Thursday’s NWSL Supplemental Draft, which will be conducted via conference call.

  • becca o

    these are good signings but was expecting something a little more, plus 2 more midfielders when we only have 2 defenders???

    • Monique

      Deines played CB for the Sounders. Fishlock is much needed with Rapinoe gone. The other too are forwards. But you are right we really need more defenders.

    • Seattle needed forwards AND defenders thanks to bad luck and mutter-mutter. Prepare to see Hope stand on her head this season. At least Deines has played with Hope before. Maybe Ellertson wasn’t taken up by Portland and will go quickly to Seattle in the draft.

    • K.C.

      Kate D is a really good defensive mid

  • I wonder how much the fact a 24-25k cap on the 5th pick and no compensation from the league (plus the 24 hour notice) had to do with passing on making a rushed signing on their part. With the tiered pay structure of the “free” agent draft that comes next and the strict cap they have to follow it would make sense to resort to that. No word that the league bothered to lift the cap to accommodate that 5th slot. Anyone with info feel free to fill in those blanks. A couple days ago it seemed like compensation was happening, but it was revealed that even WNY wasn’t compensated so I doubt Seattle was either. Weeeee…

    I still hope Tina Ellertson ends up with Seattle and not Portlandia. But if she was available you’d think they would have gotten her with that 5th pick…unless the lack of financial assistance and cap lift was a big factor.

    • Kernel Thai

      They should have received an extension to use the fifth slot. Maybe they just didnt want it. Seems to be the only way they get close to equal value for A-Rod is to sign someone before the sup draft.

      • K.C.

        I read an article that said by the time they got the 5th allocated to them, they only had 24 hrs to find a player. No extension. So they just said “nevermind” as opposed to rushing and signing for the sake of signing.

    • K.C.

      I really like the idea of Ellertson, like Solo, finishing up her career in her home state. Plus, as a defender, we could really use her and she’s played with Hope in ATL and MagicJack. Plus, she was a SoundersW and a UW grad.

  • becca o

    the 25 thousand isn’t actual cash like allocation it was a 25,000 raise in the cap Reign, WNY, and the others get 225,000 cap space.

  • Har Journalist

    Tiffany Cameron aka Laddie Spitz… Perhaps Tiffany will release some new rhymes about the Pacific Northwest. Liviu you must inquire about her singing/rapping.

    • K.C.

      LOVE this post. Thanks.

  • K.C.

    I was really hoping for Natasha Kai aka (T.K. Oooooo!) 🙂 She would’ve been a fireball.

  • Aby

    Jess Fishlock was not named to the English Women’s Premier League all-star team last year. She doesn’t even play for that league. She plays for the FAWSL. And she was actually awarded Players’ Player of the Year in 2012.

    • Steglitz49

      Charity, please. The Premier League is the top division for the men and, probably, the wealthiest league in the world. The fact that the top English ladies’ league is the Women’s Super League is a bit counterintuitive, not least as the tradition in the British isles is to refer to women as “ladies” in sport (as it is in the Nordic countries).

  • Random

    Ellertson tweeted that she doesn’t plan to play this season, family first.

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