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Friday Roundup: Rapinoe, Long listed as questionable ahead of semifinal

Also in today’s Roundup, Erin Simon signs with West Ham

Rapinoe, along with Allie Long, listed as questionable ahead of tomorrow’s semifinal. (photo copyright Nicole Rossi for The Equalizer)

 Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long, staples of this year’s Seattle Reign FC, are both listed as questionable for the club ahead of their semifinal match taking place tomorrow at Providence Park against Portland Thorns FC. Playing time for either veteran will be instrumental in the Reign’s battle for the NWSL championship.

On a Tuesday conference call, Reign coach Vlatko Andonovski said he expected both Rapinoe and Long to play.

Injury report details below.
Portland Thorns FC
Out: Meg Morris (left hip pain – SEI), Hayley Raso (L2-L4 transverse process fracture), Katherine Reynolds (right knee MCL repair)
 
Seattle Reign FC
Out: Yael Averbuch (illness – SEI), Kiersten Dallstream (right knee sprain – SEI), Kristen McNabb (right knee strain)
Questionable: Allie Long (right knee sprain), Megan Rapinoe (rib soreness)

Erin Simon signs with West Ham United

Today, West Ham United announced the signing of defender Erin Simon who joins the club after being waived by the NWSL’s Sky Blue FC this past May.

The 24-year old started her professional career in New Jersey after signing with the club by way of the open tryout in 2016. In her rookie season, she made 18 starts in 19 appearances for the club on the back line. In 2017, the NJ native suffered a left foot fracture which limited her playing time, seeing only 7 starts in 7 appearances throughout that season.This year, she began the 2018 season on the 45-day disabled list after having hardware removed from her left foot. The club then waived her on May 4, 2018.

The Syracuse alum is excited about her new journey in the professional game, especially because it’s going to take place in England. “I’m looking forward to taking in this different culture and the different style of play,” she said in the club’s official release. “To be a part of the culture that lives and breathes football is just so exciting to be a part of. I’m excited to be a part of the culture and learn a different style of football.”

Head coach Matt Beard echoed his enthusiasm in welcoming Simon to the club. “I am delighted to welcome Erin to West Ham United. She is an exceptional defender who has brought a lively and enthusiastic personality to our team,” said the former Boston Breakers head coach. “Erin has proven herself a top professional playing in The NWSL who is determined to work hard, and I am confident we will see the best of her in the English game.”

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