1. The NWSL team purchased by French sports firm OL Groupe will reflect its name
. It's changed the name from Reign FC to OL
Reign a year after its then-owners changed the name from the Seattle Reign to Reign FC following its move to Tacoma from Seattle. CEO Bill Predmore said the offseason sale "brought together two
organizations with the shared ambition to be the best in the world" and the new name "symbolizes the aspirations of our collective organization." OL Groupe is named after French club Olympique
Lyonnais. 2. The Portland Thorns signed head coach Mark Parsons to a multi-year contract extension.
In four seasons with
the Thorns, he helped lead them to the NWSL Shield (2016), NWSL Championship (2017) and four consecutive playoff appearances. Parsons was named NWSL Coach of the Year in his first season in 2016 after
being hired away from the Washington Spirit. The Englishman was only 26 when he was promoted to be the Spirit head coach halfway through the 2013 NWSL season. 3. San Diego Loyal has signed Mexican-American defender Edwin Lara
for its inaugural USL Championship season that kicks off Saturday against the Las Vegas
Lights. Lara, who represented Mexico at the 2015 U-17 World Cup but later switched back to the USA, spent time in Mexico in the youth systems at Pachuca and Leon. Other Loyal signings included forward
Francis Atuahene, on loan from FC Dallas, and goalkeeper Jon Kempin, on loan from the Columbus Crew.