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.
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.”