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Fans of the Reign knew they’d be losing a generational player during this offseason. After all, tens of thousands showed up at Lumen Field to say goodbye to said player, Megan Rapinoe. What they didn’t know is that they would lose even more generational players and beloved team members. Combined with the incomplete sale, worry has spread among fans as a result.

Eight players from the 2023 squad that made it to the NWSL Championship match will not continue with the Reign in 2024. Though some of the losses are more impactful than others, they are all either major contributors or young players who were set to take on that role in the absence of others.

Players lost from 2023 roster (8): Elyse Bennett (Expansion Draft), Alyssa Malonson (Expansion Draft), Angelina (RFA -> Orlando Pride), Rose Lavelle (FA -> Gotham FC), Emily Sonnett (FA -> Gotham FC), Marley Canales (Waived), Sam Hiatt (Trade -> Gotham FC), Megan Rapinoe (Retirement).

The club had spoken hopefully about re-signing U.S. women’s national team star midfielders Rose Lavelle and Emily Sonnett. When it was announced that both had signed long-term contracts with Gotham FC it didn’t necessarily come as a surprise but it was extremely disappointing.

Young Brazilian midfield talent Angelina also chose to leave the team—the restricted free agent signing with Orlando Pride. Promising young attacker Elyse Bennett was taken in the expansion draft and the purported center back of the future, Sam Hiatt, was traded away.

Suddenly, one of the Reign’s greatest areas of strength, its depth, particularly offensively, looked extremely thin.

The front office doesn’t necessarily share the same concern but they do understand where fans are coming from. General Manager Lesle Gallimore told The Equalizer that her message to fans is: “Trust us. Trust us that we’re doing everything we can to put ourselves in a position to be the club that they’re proud of.”

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Five talking points from Gold Cup-opening win – Equalizer Soccer

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The United States women’s national team kicked off the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup on Tuesday with a 5-0 victory over Dominican Republic. The result was predictable, but the United States’ lineup was not.

Interim head coach Twila Kilgore, with the remote input of impending coach Emma Hayes, rolled out a youthful starting lineup that played in a fluid, aggressive shape. Eighteen-year-old Olivia Moultrie and defender Jenna Nighswonger each scored their first international goals in the comfortable victory.

These are the big talking points from the match.

A refreshing lineup

It was expected that the U.S. would roll out some creative lineups at the Gold Cup, but to get that different of a lineup in the opening match was a pleasant surprise.

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Moultrie leads USWNT with a brace, Argentina tie Mexico – Equalizer Soccer

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With the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup solidly underway, the United States women’s national team has already taken center stage. Despite losing forward Mia Fishel to an ACL tear the day before matches began, the USWNT would go on to defeat the Dominican Republic, 5–0.

United States 5, Dominican Republic 0

The U.S. women’s national team got off to a quick start thanks to 18-year-old Olivia Moultrie, who scored in the eighth minute off an assist from Sophia Smith. It was Moultrie’s first start and first goal for the U.S. In the 30th minute, Midge Purce found Lynn Williams in the box to double the lead.

Purce connected with Moultrie in the 58th and the U.S. added a pair of penalty kicks in the final minutes of the game to extend the lead to 5-0. Jenna Nighswonder scored her first goal and Alex Morgan, who was called up after Fishel’s injury, scored her 122nd career goal. The U.S. dominated offensively with 31 shots and 10 on goal while holding the Dominican Republic to just one shot in the match.

Argentina 0, Mexico 0

An early foul and a missed penalty kick within the opening 10 minutes would come to define the rest of the match, as both teams struggled to take advantage of scoring opportunities. Mexico finished with 16 shot attempts to Argentina’s 3, the former going on the offensive as the second half began.

Despite their efforts, however, a combination of shots off-goal and clean saves by Argentina’s goalkeeper Laurina Oliveros maintained the scoreless draw until the end. The two teams will play again on Friday, with Argentina will taking on the United States, and Mexico facing the Dominican Republic.





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With the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup solidly underway, the United States women’s national team has already taken center stage. Despite losing forward Mia Fishel to an ACL tear the day before matches began, the USWNT would go on to defeat the Dominican Republic, 5–0.

United States 5, Dominican Republic 0

The U.S. women’s national team got off to a quick start thanks to 18-year-old Olivia Moultrie, who scored in the eighth minute off an assist from Sophia Smith. It was Moultrie’s first start and first goal for the U.S. In the 30th minute, Midge Purce found Lynn Williams in the box to double the lead.

Purce connected with Moultrie in the 58th and the U.S. added a pair of penalty kicks in the final minutes of the game to extend the lead to 5-0. Jenna Nighswonder scored her first goal and Alex Morgan, who was called up after Fishel’s injury, scored her 122nd career goal. The U.S. dominated offensively with 31 shots and 10 on goal while holding the Dominican Republic to just one shot in the match.

Argentina 0, Mexico 0

An early foul and a missed penalty kick within the opening 10 minutes would come to define the rest of the match, as both teams struggled to take advantage of scoring opportunities. Mexico finished with 16 shot attempts to Argentina’s 3, the former going on the offensive as the second half began.

Despite their efforts, however, a combination of shots off-goal and clean saves by Argentina’s goalkeeper Laurina Oliveros maintained the scoreless draw until the end. The two teams will play again on Friday, with Argentina will taking on the United States, and Mexico facing the Dominican Republic.





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