Seattle acquires Goebel on loan; trades Bogus to KC for 2nd round pick

The Equalizer Staff December 5, 2013 50

Seattle Reign FC announced their second roster move of the day, the signing of forward Beverly Goebel on loan from INAC Kobe Leonessa. Goebel was acquired from the Nadeshiko League champions after winning the the Golden Boot for the 2013 season in Japan with 15 goals in 15 appearances. She is on loan from INAC Kobe for one season per the Reign FC press release.

Goebel was also a member of the Western New York Flash team that won the WPS Championship in 2011, and started her American professional soccer career with the Washington Freedom.

Reign FC coach and general manager Laura Harvey stated she made signing Goebel a priority after Seattle played their first match against them in the 2013 NWSL preseason. “We immediately knew that Bev would be a massive addition to our club, so we made it a priority to find a way to bring her to Seattle for the 2014 season. We are very appreciative of INAC Kobe for their willingness to allow the loan to occur.”

INAC Kobe Leonessa’s season recently ended with them winning the double, but they are currently gearing up for Sunday’s Mobcast Cup final in hopes of winning an international club championship on home soil.

[MORE: Chelsea, INAC Kobe advance to Mobcast Cup Final]

Earlier today, Seattle Reign FC traded forward Liz Bogus and their No. 17 overall draft pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft to FC Kansas City in exchange for the No. 15 overall pick and a third round pick in the 2015 draft.

Bogus, 29, had a goal and two assists in 20 games for the Reign last season.

“Liz (Bogus) provides us with tactical flexibility that we haven’t had before,” FC Kansas City technical director Huw Williams said. “We love the tenacity, aggressiveness and determination she shows every time she steps on the field.”

FC Kansas City now have two forwards from Seattle. Amy Rodriguez landed in the Midwest in October after a trade saw her swapped for Kristie Mewis, who Seattle then traded to Boston to acquire U.S. forward Sydney Leroux. Rodriguez did not play in 2013 as she was pregnant with her first child.

“Liz was a huge part of our group last season and she will be missed,” Reign’s Harvey said. “But when we looked at the upcoming season in the context of the changes we have planned, we feared her playing time could be limited. As a result, we felt the trade with Kansas City would be best for all involved.”

  • Steglitz49

    Is her name rally Bogus? It sounds like it was made up, if nothing else for the headline.

    • troublemaker

      it “rally” is Bogus! ; )

      • Steglitz49

        my attempt at Boston brahmin …

  • Pressured

    What does this mean for Henderson? What about Adonovski’s 4-2-3-1?

    • Steglitz49

      How about 1-2-3-2-3?

      • Pressured

        How about a 4-1-5 with:
        Leroux, Wambach, Press, Hagen, Morgan;
        Tymrak;
        O’Hara, Engen, Saurbrunn, Dunn.

        • Steglitz49

          Provided that Bev can replicate her form for the Lionesses all will be well for Seattle. At the same time, when one looks at Kobe’s strength in all departments, it is not surprising that they dominate the Nadeshiko league. Their midfield and Bev’s forward colleagues are to die for, and the defenders and goalie (Kaihori, of lamented fame in Frankfurt 2 years ago) ain’t half bad either.

    • kernel_thai

      I would expect to Bogus mostly on the wing.

      • tlhazz

        I’d expect her mostly on the bench.

        • wosofan

          Yup. Not nearly the quality to get any minutes, unless there are injuries to others. This offseason has not be easy for FCKC fans — I’m not happy at all with their moves.

          • Steglitz49

            KC seems to have lost the plot. Maybe they and DC will swap places in the league next season. Having typed that, I have not heard a squeak out of DC. They seem to be in some sort of daze. Presumably DC are relying on being allocated the cream. The “C” seems to stand for catatonic for either team.

          • Michelle

            The only thing DC has really done is acquire Nairn. I imagine that Parsons is anxiously awaiting word out of Houston – if for some reason DC loses the top pick in the draft, that changes everything.

          • Steglitz49

            I think Houston should be admitted but that they should get Hobson’s choice for the allocations and drafts.

          • FCKCEvans

            What has been wrong this off-season besides the acquiring of Bogus? I hate we lost Jones but I think we can get a least an equal but probably better player with the #4 pick, Jones wasn’t a starter for most of the season . I hate we lost Mewis but she wanted to go to Boston, and I think our defense is just as strong with Sesselman playing her natural position and Krzyik, and Arod I predict will have more offensive impact than Mewis.
            The Bogus move is the only move i’m left confused by.

        • kernel_thai

          Well I agree….she’s veteran insurance for whatever attacker (Ohai, Marlborough, etc) they get from the draft. Bogus wasnt brought in to take a starting job. If she ends up as a starter things have gone horribly wrong from the plan book.

  • FCKCEvans

    Strange move…I admit to not knowing a ton about Bogus but surely there is another motive for this move. KC has the #4 pick in the draft, surely we are planning to draft an attacking presence of higher caliber than Bogus with this pick. And, one of the most decorated KC area players is in this draft…a forward…Morgan Marlborough. Along with other attacking players Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame), Frances Silva (West Virginia) Jordan Jackson (Nebraska) Meagen Kelly (Marquette) are from the area the as well.

    I’m left confused with this one. Especially if we continue to play a 4-2-3-1 formation. Was hoping to bring in more KC area kids too.

    • Pressured

      I’m thinking that maybe Vlad will still play the 4-2-3-1 with Buczkowski and Scott at DM, then Tymrak would be the LAM, Holiday the CAM, and Bogus the RAM (Courney Jones was moved to Boston.) Then the backline could be Robinson at LB, Sesselman at CB, Sauerbrunn at CB, and Mathias at RB. That way Meritt could still be involved in the attack. Then Rodriguez and Henderson would split time at forward.

      • FCKCEvans

        Starting Defense will be Sesselman, Brunn, Kryzysik, Robinson. Bogus is a slight downgrade from Jones who didn’t even start most of the year. RAM should still be Mathias IMO with the roster we have. The confusing part for me is why trade for an 99% sure back-up attacking player when there is so much local attacking talent in the draft? Sure Bogus is probably better than Marlborough, Laddish, Silva, Jackson, and Kelly but I why not develop these young area back-ups instead of bringing in Bogus? KC Area girls if nothing else make as much of an impact on attendance as acquiring Bogus does on the field…

        • Mell

          I wouldn’t be so sure that Bogus is better than the list you presented. For the amount of games she started and minutes played in 2013 her productivity was abysmal. She doesn’t make up for it in other areas either as she coughs up the ball constantly and can’t defend. KC would have been better off passing on this deal and going after some young developing forwards.

          • wosofan

            agree with this post. However, I also don’t believe Marlborough are even 1st Round talent. Neither are Laddish, Silva, Jackson, or Kelly. So Bogus is about worth a 4th or 5th round pick, maybe.

          • FCKCEvans

            I agree, KC goes for the best available attacking threat at #4, and a solid defender for needed depth. But we will draft at least 2 KC area girls to if nothing else boost attendance a bit.

        • kernel_thai

          I think Bogus is an experienced back-up for this team and nothing more. Bogus provides cover at F and AM. They also have to worry about losing Tymrak to NT duty this year. They may have over paid a bit but this isnt a bad move though u likely will groan when u see who Seattle gets at #15.

      • Steglitz49

        I thought Vlad was going to coach the men and some assistant would look after the ladies.

        • FCKCEvans

          Not trying to be rude…would you elaborate on this a little bit? Vlad is the head coach for the Missouri Comets indoor men’s team but still plans to be the head coach for the Blues as well to my knowledge. Huw Williams is a formidable assistant who has seems very involved but he is still also coaching with the Sporting Blue Valley ECNL club. Unless you know something I don’t…..

          • Steglitz49

            The way I read (understood) the changes in the organisation at KC was that Vlad’s primary responsibility would be for the men’s team. A sort of promotion for doing so well with the ladies, in the good old male club tradition that the ladies are second class members of the ship.

            I fail to see that you can serve two masters. Either you devote yourself fully to the NWSL with walk-on parts elsewhere, or you don’t.

            As I started so I will finish. I may have misunderstood what was happening but it looked as if Vlad would be managing the ladies with the little finger of his left hand. I hope that I am (proven) wrong.

          • FCKCEvans

            Ok I see your point but hopefully not much will change. Interestingly, last year when there was an announcement that KC was getting a team my assumption was Huw Williams would be named head coach. He was the established top level ladies coach in the area. The younger Vlad made a name for himself heading up a lesser rival club that was exceeding expectations. I’m comfortable with Williams taking the brunt of the off-season duties, with Vlads input.

    • KL

      Agreed there is something really fishy about this move. I can’t help but want to know more about the whole convoluted Leroux/Mewis/ARod trade deal to see if somehow KC owed Seattle a favor. That might explain things. KC certainly doesn’t need Bogus and they sure took a loss in taking her off of Seattle’s hands.

      Meanwhile Seattle once again managed to maneuver for a much better starting forward in signing Goebel. Makes you wonder…

      • FCKCEvans

        I’m choosing to believe there is an alternate plan for Bogus with this deal. Perhaps she’s viewed as a solid player they can throw in to sweeten another trade deal they have in the works. Otherwise, it makes little to no sense. Hopefully, this doesn’t severely affect the draft where hopefully we still get some solid Homegrown KC talent.

        • Michelle

          Perhaps they’ll flip Bogus to Chicago?

  • Rdalford

    Signing Goebel and unloading Bogus for draft pick adjustments continues Seattle’s good offseason trade success. Not clear (to me) how picking up Bogus and dropping slightly (15 to 17) in 2014 draft and giving up future draft pick helps KC.

    • KL

      My thoughts exactly. Seattle came out on the better end of the Bogus trade. I am still scratching my head what FCKC gets out of it. There are far better forwards than Bogus (even in the college draft) and she’ll be a longshot to make a starting lineup. Perhaps the bench was too chilly and needed warming?

  • Silver Frost

    Reign: worst to first in 2014 with Leroux and Geobel as goal machines.

  • Philly Joe

    Quite a team Harvey is putting together. If I lived in Seattle I’d buy Season tickets today.

  • nwslfan

    Harvey making the other GMs look rather timid and provincial in searching for talent. Looking forward to watching Reign play this season.

    • Steglitz49

      Verily and forsooth. Smart lady.

      Any American playing abroad, not least one married to an American, is in want of an NWSL team. It might have helped that Seattle is on the West coast but one assumes that the players already there also were bait.

      Seeing that Bev is a loan player, does that mean that her salary goes outside of the cap? Does Seattle pay Kobe who pay Bev?

  • xanthophobe

    With Seattle’s newest players and Paul Riley (potentially) taking over for the Thorns, this Cascadia rivalry is about to get very real.

    • Gues

      Now we just need to get Vancouver in the mix. ;)

      • xman22702

        Yes! Exactly.

        • Steglitz49

          Has Vancouver shown any interest in the NWSL? Houston has, but I have not heard of any Canadian club being seriously interested.

          • xman22702

            I don’t think they have been seriously interested, but

            1) Vancouver is mentioned on NWSL’s Wikipedia page about expansion and

            2) The ‘Caps get great attendance and have a strong fan base, so why not a women’s franchise?

          • Steglitz49

            Your point is well taken. Nevertheless, Man Utd, one of the biggest names in sport, infamously closed its ladies’ section about 8 years ago. It is Man City who this year brought an independent but poor ladies’ club into its fold, and recently signed the (one of) biggest names in English ladies soccer.

            I am not persuaded that a team in Canada is worth the hassle but if they can come on board with Houston and make an even 10 teams instead of an odd 9, fair enough.

  • Davis

    Wow. Seattle added Beverly Goebel to Rapinoe, Fishlock, Leroux, and Little. As a Thorns fan it pains me to admit that Seattle’s new lineup looks frighteningly good.

  • Pressured

    Who are the likely top ten (or so) draft picks?

    • wosofan

      My recommendations, assuming no collegians are allocated, and in no particular order:

      Dunn, Johnston, Kallman, Frisbie, DiBernardo, Ohai, Souza, Reeves, Ezurike.

      Goalkeepers – Wys, Dees, Owens, Bledsoe, Sieloff

      Ohai would work perfectly in whatever role Courtney Jones tried to fill last year for FCKC. Reeves has the athleticism of a Leroux, but certainly not that caliber of player yet. Kallman has improved tremendously, her fitness is much better, and I see her as a better passing version of Lauren Sesselman. Frisbie has huge upside, but maybe some risk because she’s not that muscular and has had some injuries. DiBernardo is slight and injury prone, but could be a great midfielder on a team that likes to knock the ball around.

      Wys is tremendous positionally and great with her feet. Owens is bursting with athleticism (and size, and courage, and swagger) but never given the training opportunities, and her footwork and kicking and positioning are below par. If you could blend Owens and Wys, you’d have an outstanding goalkeeper prospect for the USWNT. Bledsoe a great athlete.

      • kernel_thai

        Throw Maya Hayes on that list. She’ll be a scorer at the club level. Hard to figure what happens with players like Souza and Ezurike. If they need an international slot to play here ud have to be pretty sold on them to draft them out of college.

        • wosofan

          I’m not sure about Hayes. Not a strong player on the ball, and doesn’t have good feet/touch. In any event, I’d rate Reeves above her. And, I completely forgot Stengel, who deserves to be a top 10 pick if she’s healthy.

  • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

    Given the influx of attacking players, the Reign were probably going to cut Bogus anyways. KC could have acquired her for nothing, but then again, giving up the chance to draft the twenty-second best prospect -or so- isn’t costly.

  • john

    This offseason is odd in that only Harvey seems interested (capable?) of acting as a GM. Granted some of her moves were apparently done as a conduit for USSF, but there has been nothing generated by anyone else. As a Spirit fan I’m a little baffled how they can be standing pat. Nairn just crowds a roster that is heavy with central midfielders as it is. For a squad that truly has only 1 allocation (Krieger) and may get Dunn, who is likely to get subsidized, but can’t fix all that is wrong in DC to not be proactive is frustrating. Of course, given the public uncertainty regarding Euro-based players coming back perhaps the Spirit know which players they will receive. I’ve held off on renewing my season tickets b/c quite frankly I want them to offer a better on field product and so far that isn’t happening.

    • Silver Frost

      If DC don’t acquire Dunn and Press, forget season tickets. It would be an insult to DC fans.

      • z

        If Houston joins the league, it’s likely to be one or the other for DC. If I were them I’d rather get Press considering how desperately they need a goal scorer.