Teresa Noyola to join Reign FC three months earlier than anticipated

Liviu Bird March 2, 2013 3

Former Stanford Cardinal Teresa Noyola (right) will join Seattle Reign FC in time for its preseason trip to Japan.

SEATTLE — While the club may miss its league-allocated American players, Seattle Reign FC should have a full complement of Canadian and Mexican players to start the season. Seattle and ADO Den Haag announced Saturday on Twitter that they reached an agreement to have midfielder Teresa Noyola join Reign FC after Algarve Cup.

Noyola was originally contracted to ADO Den Haag of the Vrouwen Eredivisie until June 15. She played her final game with the club on Friday, scoring its only goal in a 1-1 tie with Lierse SK.

For Seattle Reign FC, the move assured all four Mexican and Canadian league-allocated players would be available on opening day, barring any injuries in preseason. The same cannot be said of the club’s three Americans — Hope Solo (wrist injury), Megan Rapinoe (under contract with Lyon) and Amy Rodriguez (pregnant) — none of whom will be in uniform April 14.

The announcement came a day after Reign FC was involved in the first trade in league history, acquiring allocated midfielder Keelin Winters from its opening-day opponent, the Chicago Red Stars. As part of the deal, Chicago also sent its fourth-round 2014 College Draft pick to Seattle, while Reign FC gave up its first-round selection and the U.S.-allocated player of its choice by Sept. 30.

Noyola won the 2011 NCAA Division I championship with Stanford, as well as the 2011 Hermann Trophy as the best Division I player in the nation. She played for the United States under-17 and under-20 teams before joining the Mexican full national team in 2010. She has three caps with Mexico.

Noyola, along with Mexican teammate Jenny Ruiz, will join Reign FC for its preseason tour of Japan that starts as soon as Algarve Cup ends. Canadians Kaylyn Kyle and Emily Zurrer will join the club from Cyprus Cup, which wraps up a day later than the tournament in Portugal.

  • Steglitz49

    Is it known why Den Haag let Ms Noyola leave? One assumes that Haag signed her for a reason. What has changed?

    • Steglitz49

      Seeing that I asked, I did some searching why Ms Noyola left ADO in ‘s-Gravenhage early. Apparently, everyone was taken by surprise. A simple announcement was made at the stadium over the loudspeakers after the match against Lierse, that this had been Teresa’s last match for ADO.

      By all accounts Teresa was very popular at the club, where she was regarded as their mid-field general, and people were sad. I could find no explanation, though money is the most likely one (the lack of which nearly always is in ladies soccer).

      After having lived in a country the size of a handkerchief and flat as a pancake, it will be interesting to see how Teresa Noyola thrives at the foot of Mt Rainier. The rain and fog will be familiar at least, as will the bulb fields.

  • Steglitz49

    Five American ladies saw action in the semi-final between Potsdam and Bayern Munich, which Potsdam won 4-1 aet. Ms Naeher and Singer turned out for Potsdam while Ms Cross, Brooks and Hagen for Bayern. Hagen scored the equalizer but in extra time Potsdam swept Bayern aside.

    In the final Potsdam face Wolfsburg, the team with VW money behind it.