The Reign announced today that they're bringing back forward Beverly Goebel for the 2015 season. That's another bit of promising news as the team builds up to Friday's amateur draft.
Amid the high profile signings in the lead-up to last season, Goebel slipped under the radar as a sort of bonus prize from INAC Kobe Leonessa, the team from which the Reign loaned Naho Kawasumi. But she wasn't under the radar long, as she brought size, skill, and versatility to the front line and would go on to the be the only player to appear in all 24 regular season matches. Goebel finished the season second on the team in shots taken and tied for third in goals with five.
She re-joins an attack that led the league in scoring by a mile and is expected to return at least Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux as well.
Here's the full release from the team:
REIGN FC SIGN FORWARD BEVERLY YANEZ
SEATTLE (January 13, 2015) – Seattle Reign FC announced today that the club has signed forward Bev Yanez (née Goebel) for the 2015 season. Per team and league policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“Bringing Bev back to Seattle was one of our primary goals of the offseason,” said Reign FC general manager and head coach Laura Harvey. “Bev was a critical part of our squad last season and we expect her to be a focal point of our attack in 2015.”
In December 2013, Yanez joined Reign FC on loan from INAC Kobe Leonessa for the second season of the National Women’s Soccer League. During the 2014 regular season Yanez played in 24 matches, starting 21. Bev played 1736 minutes in 2014, picking up five goals and four assists over that span.
"I want to thank INAC for the past two and a half seasons. It was a wonderful place for me to develop my technical and tactical side of the game. I am grateful for the opportunity to play for a world class organization with world class players,” Reign FC forward Bev Yanez said. “During my loan to Seattle, I thoroughly enjoyed myself on and off the field. The style of soccer Seattle implements is definitely something I want to be a part of. I am looking forward to moving from one world-class organization to another and continuing the next chapter of my career with Reign FC and the talented squad they have put together."
Reign FC will open the 2015 season at home on Sunday, April 12 against Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash. Season ticket packages for Seattle's upcoming season start at just $195. Fans looking to purchase tickets can call (855) REIGN-FC or visit ReignFC.com today.