A look at the Reign’s depth chart following FIFA approving adjusted dates to the NWSL 2nd transfer window.
On Monday the NWSL’s official site announced that FIFA had approved adjusting the dates for the league’s second transfer window period. The second window had been scheduled to begin July 4th and end August 3rd. However, it now begins today (June 15th) and will conclude July 14th.
The movement of the second transfer window will fit nicely between the recent international break and the upcoming Summer Olympics in Brazil. The Summer Games kick off August 5th in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, during which time the league will be on a break. This will allow NWSL clubs to add depth and make final roster changes before the Olympics and the second half of the season.
The Reign had already made a number of transfers in from international clubs and the collegiate level before signing Rumi Utsgui on June 2nd from Montpellier. However, after suffering a series of injuries early in the season and the number of squad members likely to be called to international duty, you can never have enough depth.
Let’s take a look at their current squad and see if the Reign have any positions to address in this second window.
Goalkeepers – (2) Led by World Cup winner Hope Solo and a solid backup in Kopmeyer. No changes are needed.
Defenders – (7) Given that Paige Nielsen has been playing forward thus far this year, this number should most likely read 6 defenders. Having only given up 7 goals from 7 league matches so far this year the defense is holding up fairly well given the absences around the team. If Nielsen is eventually reclassified as a forward, the team will likely look to re-fill to have defensive coverage.
Midfielders – (6) With Little, Fishlock and Utsugi likely to line up in the midfield, picking up another international player during the transfer window as this position is highly unlikely.
Forwards – (4) Again given the fluid nature of a few player’s positions, I would argue that they have more than enough to work in the attacking third. However, averaging just barely over 1 goal per game this season the Reign will hope that a new strategy up top or the return of Rapinoe can see that number rise.
The other key factor here are the international slots allowed by the league. The Reign have five international players, and would need to either trade for another slot or transfer a current player to make room. Bottom line is that I expect the Reign to be quiet during this second transfer window, unless there is an injury or another team attempts to move in for a player.
Leave your comments and thoughts below. Which position do you think the Reign need to focus on next, or leave the squad as is to finish out the 2016 season?