[NWSL 2014 COUNTDOWN]
After floundering for much of the 2013 season, the Seattle Reign FC has gone all out to rebuild its roster. Its latest signing: Japanese
national team midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi
on loan from champion INAC Kobe Leonessa of Japan's Nadeshiko League. NWSL: 2014 Preseason Schedule
Kawasumi was named the 2013 Nadeshiko League MVP,
was the league’s second leading scorer behind American teammate Bev Goebel
, who has also joined Seattle. She helped lead INAC to three straight league
titles and has been on the league’s Best XI roster four years in a row.
She was also a member of the Japan national team that won the 2011 Women’s World Cup and took silver in
the 2012 Olympic Games.
“Naho is a world-class talent who will add a different dimension to our front line in the coming season,” Seattle general manager and head coach Laura Harvey
said. “She is a proven winner in both league and international play and will bring that important mentality and experience to our club.”
Besides Kawasumi and Goebel, the Reign acquired U.S. star Sydney Leroux
, Canadian vet Carmelina Moscato
Scottish international Amy Little
, among others. It will also have Hope Solo
for the full season. RED STARS OPEN AT TOYOTA PARK.
The Chicago Red Stars' season opener will be paired with a Fire match in a
doubleheader at Toyota Park. NWSL: 2014 Regular-Season Schedule
Following the April 19 MLS match between Chicago and New England, the Red Stars will host 2013 regular-season champion Western New York Flash. The MLS game will kick off at 3 p.m. CT, and the NWSL
match is scheduled to start at approximately 5:45 p.m.
The Red Stars previously used Toyota Park as a home stadium in 2009 and 2010 as a member of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS).
Its regular home is the Village of Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex, which is just outside the city limits.
“This is something we’ve been dreaming about since the Red Stars
were founded,” said Red Stars general manager Alyse LaHue
. “It is really special for Chicago sports fans to see a men’s and women’s team
collaborating on an initiative like this. We thank the Chicago Fire for welcoming us into their home and are excited about future possibilities to come.”