Before the start of the 2021 Challenge Cup on Friday, NWSL the teams finalized their rosters today. OL reign announced a roster of 29 players, two of whom do not count towards the maximum roster size of 28 – forward Miranda Nild is on loan at Kristianstads DFF in Sweden for the remainder of the year, and forward Ally Watt remains on the reserve injured list.
The loan of midfielder Jess Fishlock to Reading from the Women’s Super League has ended, although she will join the Wales national team for the next international window and will report to the reign after the window ends on the 14th. April. Karen Bardsley, Nicole Momiki, Megan Rapinoe and Quinn are also with their respective national teams for this window.
The club currently use an international location, for Costa Rican midfielder Shirley Cruz, and have four additional international locations available this season.
Among the roster updates, midfielder Kelcie Hedge has been removed from the injured reserve list and will be available for selection in the Challenge Cup. The team have also signed midfielder Jenna Holtz as a replacement for the national team. Holtz is originally from Tacoma, graduated from Santa Clara in 2017, and played for the University of Guelph the next two years while in graduate school. She recently played for Valadares Gaia FC in Portugal.
Another update was announced today – in collaboration with other US football leagues, the NWSL will adopt a new concussion replacement rule for 2021, allowing teams to make up to two substitutions related to injuries. concussions per game in addition to five regular substitutes. Teams will also have the option of creating an additional submarine whenever their opponent makes a concussion submarine.
Current list of OL Reign by post
Goalkeepers (3): Karen Bardsley, Ella Dederick, Cosette Morché
Defenders (8): Lauren Barnes, Amber Brooks, Celia, Steph Cox, Machaela George, Madison Hammond, Sam Hiatt, Kristen McNabb
Midfielder (9): Angelina, Shirley Cruz (INT), Jess Fishlock, Kelcie Hedge, Jenna Holtz (NTRP), Allie Long, Kristen McNabb, Quinn (ALL), Dani Weatherholt, Rosie White
Forwards (9): Bethany Balcer, Sofia Huerta, Tziarra King, Nicole Momiki, Miranda Nild (READY), Leah Pruitt, Megan Rapinoe (ALL), Jasmyne Spencer, Ally Watt (SEI)
KEY: INT – International Slot; UTE – List of end-of-season injuries; ALL – Player assigned to the United States or Canada; READY – Player on loan; NTRP – National Team Substitute Player