The Reign Of Laura Harvey Has Begun
2013 marked the start of a new era for women’s professional soccer in the United States. The National Women’s Soccer League was announced late in 2012 with teams taking identity in early 2013. It seemed as if the league came together in the blink of an eye. When Laura Harvey was named Reign FC’s head coach (and later GM) fans of the game knew something special was born. Her time with Arsenal Ladies says it all. She had the FA WSL at her feet. There was no doubt having her in Seattle would benefit not only the Reign, but the NWSL as a whole. What Hope Solo is to the Reign, Laura Harvey is to the NWSL. With the likes of Solo and her US National teammates Amy Rodriguez and Megan Rapinoe, both familiar in the Seattle footy world, the inaugural season was full of high hopes. Unfortunately it was a rough start to the season losing vital players to injury and other obligations. Harvs had a few things up her sleeve. We were introduced to the blonde spitfire from Wales- Jessica Fishlock. One glance of her on the pitch and one could easily mistake her for Rapinoe. It added quite the laugh for away matches listening to the confusion between the two amongst the commentators. A star was born in Fishlock winning the hearts of fans all over the world, and what a staple she became to this franchise. Plus, who doesn’t love an authentic accent? After a rough first season fans were not turned away, but rather intrigued knowing Harvey had a plan. Anticipation for the next season had begun.
Looking back on 2013, it is clear that Harvey made decisions with 2014 in mind. Like a chess game she carefully moved her pieces and at times they seemed a little skeptical. But hey, got to risk it for the biscuit! Year two is where it all unfolds; this is when we see the work of Harvey in full effect.
Laura Harvey wasted no time preparing her cavalry. By wasted no time…. I mean wasted no time. Newspapers couldn’t print fast enough to keep up with her offseason work. A fan-created website www.haslauraharveymadeatradetoday.com provided a comical input on the trades to help keep everyone in the know. We knew she was up to something…we just didn’t realize how terrifyingly amazing it would become. If she can attract a Jess Fishlock caliber of player in a short amount of time, just imagine what she can do with an entire offseason…
This off-season Seattle managed to acquire midfielder Beverly Goebal on loan from INAC-Kobe. All eyes were keeping watch on Seattle Reign FC. Heads started to turn when Canadian defender Carmelina Moscato was traded from Boston. After obtaining discovery rights from Washington Spirit to Arsenal Ladies’ Kim Little, Scotland’s young superstar, fans started to direct their attention to SRFC’s star studded lineup. And finally, but more than definitely not the last, one of the most lethal trades in the NWSL so far: Sydney Leroux. Excuse me, SYDNEY LEROUX. Ryan and I discussed the impact Syd the Kid would have in Seattle at the beginning of last season. Reign FC heard our prayers and our wish was granted. I didn’t even have to rub a lantern. Leroux will create an untouchable offense pairing with Little, Fishlock and Rapinoe something that lacked in the Reign of old.
With more time and several daring moves, Laura Harvey has put forth the effort and investment to creating a world class organization. This season holds promise of excitement along with entertainment, but such as a painter’s work is never done; Laura Harvey’s Reign has only begun.
David Moyes should take note.