OL Reign players begin to explore loan spells abroad
This week appears to mark the start of NWSL players traveling to Europe and elsewhere for loan periods – as it becomes increasingly clear that there will be no official NWSL season in 2020 after the end. of the Challenge Cup in July.
According to Norra Skåne, OL Reign midfielder Rebecca Quinn is loaned to Vittsjö in Sweden, with Sky Blue FCit’s Elizabeth Eddy. Sky Blue confirmed Eddy’s loan yesterday, until November 30, while Reign has not formalized anything. In 2019, Vittsjo scored 41 points in 22 games, which earned him a third place in the Damallsvenskan, the Swedish first division. This year, however, the team occupy the bottom of the table after 9 games.
Quinn, 25, has played 203 minutes in the NWSL Challenge Cup this year, including two starts. She joined the reign in the summer of 2019 after the World Cup ended, where she made three substitute appearances for Canada.
Jess fishlock Also looks set to play in England’s FA Women’s Super League this year. According to Our games magazine, she is set to play in the league for the first time in eight years under a short-term contract with Reading. The club finished 5th in the WSL standings in the shortened 2019/20 season and are managed by compatriot Welsh Natasha Harding.
“I’m probably at the same point with my [ACL recovery] regarding the return to the game as I was in February ”, she said told BBC Sport Wales. “There hasn’t been enough practice or regular games for me to say ‘I’m fine.’ That’s the reality.
Fishlock has only played 70 minutes in the NWSL Challenge Cup, and as she seeks to fully recover from her ACL injury and help Wales prepare to qualify for the Women’s EURO in the UEFA in 2022, she is hungry for more meaningful minutes this year.
“I haven’t played for 13 months and we have qualifying in six weeks. If I don’t play now I can’t play in these qualifiers and then by the time we come back to the United States I would have been out for 18 months and I don’t know who’s coming back, ”said Fishlock. with BBC Sport Wales.
Two other OL Reign players have already made their transition to Europe. Jodie taylor transferred to Lyon and entered the field in the 90th minute this weekend for OL’s victory in the Coupe de France against PSG. The match ended with a penalty shootout, although Taylor did not make it to the scene. After coming to OL Reign for the Challenge Cup, Adrienne jordan has joined the Spanish team from UDG Tenerife, which will start its season in a few weeks.
While much is still unclear due to the pandemic, one thing is clear: Taylor and Jordan – and apparently now Quinn and Fishlock – are probably not the only OL Reign players looking for playing time outside of the games. United States this year.