Tori Adame – MF/D – North Texas – Played left-back for a North Texas team that had no problems bullying smaller opposition in the region for ages. Might play as a left-winger at this level, but she wasn’t exactly a superstar for the Mean Green despite taking the captaincy as a senior. Might have a shot if she moves back to left-back, but I wouldn’t count on her making it as an attacker considering all of Seattle’s firepower this year.
Jamie Arthurs – GK – Western Washington – Lower division superstar for Vikings of Western Washington shattered plenty of records as a senior for club’s run to the Division II Sweet Sixteen. Lack of experience at higher level works against her, but given uncertain nature of backup position for Reign, she has a small chance of beating out Kopmeyer for #2 role.
Nicholette DiGiacomo – MF – Denver – One of the best players to go undrafted after an all-conquering career with the rampant Pioneers. Center midfielder finished with thirty-two goals and thirty-nine assists, including a famous hat trick in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Maryland in 2012. Figured she’d be in demand as an undrafted free agent, but this is as tough a place as any to make it as an attacking midfielder.
Macy Jo Harrison – D – UNLV – Another reserve player from last season being given a chance to get promoted to the full squad. Had a stuttering start to her college career at Oregon State before a transfer to UNLV revitalized her game. Played as an attacking midfielder at college level but likely gets a shot at full-back at this level. A longshot, despite club’s questions on defense.
Jenny LaPonte – D – Boston Breakers (Santa Clara) – Former youth international had a star crossed career in college with SCU, battling through serious knee injuries later in her tenure with the Broncos. Is quality if she’s healthy and was a reserve with the Breakers last season, so she’s got a smattering of top level experience. Remains to be seen if she’s still got the wheels post-injuries to be viable at this level.
Tesa McKibben – F – Saint Francis (PA) – Finished college career with a whopping seventy goals, netting twenty as a senior and netting at least fourteen in each of her final four college seasons (she took a medical redshirt after three games in 2009). Hard to argue with production, but lack of pedigree against top opposition and poor efficiency numbers probably kept her from being drafted. Team might need a true center forward or two for depth, so she’s got a shot.
Lyndsey Patterson – F – Seattle Sounders Women (Tennessee) – The grand dame of journeyman WoSo strikers. Quick and snappy attacker might not have the top gear she once had at age thirty-one, but she has plenty of experience at many stops, including in Seattle over the years. Was an end of the bench player here last year for half a season and will be aiming to make the roster again. Tough road with attacking talent here, but club could always do with more energy and bite off the bench.
Julia Roberts – MF – Washington Spirit (Virginia) – If Mariah Nogueira’s the hammer, Roberts is the scalpel. Made her bones at Virginia by functioning as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield, an oddity at that level, doing her job well if not a bit quietly. Did more of the same as a metronomish figure in the midfield for hapless Washington last season. Great at free kicks. A good fit for some teams, but would she take on too much defensive responsibility behind such an attacking group of midfielders in front of her?
Bree Rowe – D – Oregon – Has hung around admirably after a rather nondescript college career with the Ducks that ended in 2010. Was a reserve player for the Reign last season, so she knows the territory. There may be a spot or two to be won in the Reign backline, but Rowe probably doesn’t have enough to fill one of those spots.
Nikki Stanton – MF – Fairfield – Probably one of the best players in MAAC history after three straight seasons as an All-MAAC First Team selection, including another gem of a season this past year, winning All-Region First Team honors as well. Seemed like an all too natural fit for the Breakers given her college, but is from Washington originally and played for the W-League Sounders. Stacked deck here though, but you’d think she has a chance somewhere in the league.
Best Bets: Roberts, Patterson, McKibben, DiGiacomo, Stanton