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Category: Women’s soccer

Aug.
27th

Laura Harvey has no problem with eight male coaches in nine-team women’s league; but predicts change

NWSLSeattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey won the National Women’s Soccer League coach-of-the-year honor Wednesday — over the eight men who coach the other eight teams in the league.

Harvey was asked about that:

I’m a true believer in terms of whoever is head coach of whichever team, it has to be the right person for the right job,” she said. “If they happen to be male, they happen to be male; Read more »

Aug.
27th

Reign coach Laura Harvey wins award — and moving tribute from one of her players

Seattle Reign coach Laura Harvey won the NWSL coach of the year honor Wednesday.

“It’s a good recognition to have,” she said in a conference call this afternoon. “But any head coach will tell you you can’t do it on your own: it’s the players through to the back-room staff, the front office and ownership that make the club what it is today. I think we’ve made huge strides forward. Sometimes as a head coach you get the wrath of that, and sometimes you get the credit, so it’s nice to get the credit for the club. I think

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Aug.
27th

Reign’s Laura Harvey named NWSL coach of year

ReignFCThis just in from the league:

Seattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey was named the NWSL Coach of the Year for the 2014 season.

Washington Spirit coach Mark Parsons finished second in the voting, with FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski – the 2013 NWSL Coach of the Year – coming in third.

Harvey, 34, guided Reign FC to a record-breaking season during which the club established new NWSL single-season marks for points (54), wins (16), goal difference (+30), goals scored (50) and goals against average (0.83) on their way to claiming the 2014 NWSL Shield for the best regular-season record.
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Aug.
27th

NWSL will work around 2015 Women’s World Cup

NWSLThis just in from the league:

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the League will play a 20-game schedule for the 2015 NWSL season. The NWSL will also a take brief two-week break during the group stages of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

“We are very pleased to announce the new schedule for the upcoming 2015 NWSL season, which will allow us to have a March to September format with more weekend dates,” NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey said. “The 2015 NWSL season will also feature a short break at the start of the Women’s World Cup, which will allow the clubs and fans to fully focus on the excitement of the 2015 FIFA World Cup.”
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Aug.
26th

Reign NWSL-championship down to final tickets

NWSLReign-Kansas City NWSL championship tickets went on sale at noon and the club quickly reported they were down to standing-room only. Here’s the league release from before they went on sale:

The NWSL’s two leading scorers face off when Kim Little and Seattle Reign FC host Amy Rodriguez and FC Kansas City in the 2014 NWSL Championship Game at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. on Sunday, Aug. 31 at noon PT in a match broadcast nationally on ESPN2.

Both the Reign and FC Kansas City will be competing in their first NWSL Championship Game after securing semifinal victories over the weekend – with FCKC recording a 2-0 win Saturday over defending champions Portland Thorns FC and Seattle securing a 2-1 comeback victory Sunday against the Washington Spirit. Read more »

Aug.
25th

Reign win sends them to NWSL final Sunday at Starfire, tickets go on sale Tuesday

ReignFCHere’s a report from the club:

Seattle Reign FC (17-2-6) punched their ticket to the NWSL Championship match with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Spirit (12-8-5) in an NWSL semifinal on Sunday, August 24 at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.

Seattle will now host FC Kansas City next Sunday at 12 p.m. (PT) at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. for the league title. Tickets for the match will go on sale to the general public at noon on Tuesday, August 26.
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Aug.
24th

Reign playoff match at home tonight

ReignFCHere’s our preview story, and below a preview from the club:

Seattle Reign FC (16-2-6, 54 pts) will play its first playoff match in club history on Sunday, August 24 at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium against the Washington Spirit (10-9-5, 35 pts) for a berth in the NWSL Championship Match on Sunday, August 31. The match kicks off at 8 p.m (PT) and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
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