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NWSL: Seattle re-signs Haley Kopmeyer, other NWSL moves

Haley Kopmeyer became the face of the Seattle Reign when Hope Solo announced she would not finish the rest of the 2016 NWSL season.

Kopmeyer made 11 appearances in 2016, and 16 appearances overall since her career started with the Seattle Reign in 2013. Kopmeyer, 26, also spent time on loan with Apollon Limassol and Brisbane Roar FC, where she made a combined total number of 14 appearances. Collegiality, the goalkeeper starred for the University of Michigan for four years.

“I cannot overstate how excited I am to back for a fifth season with the Reign,” said Kopmeyer. “This team and staff took a huge risk on me a few years back and have invested in my development as both a player and person. I am beyond excited to make my mark on this program and help push us back to the top of table.”

“It’s a big year for Kops,” said Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “Obviously she’s been with us since the first year and developed tremendously over the past four seasons. She deserves the opportunity to be a number one and I think this is her year to push to make it hers,” said Harvey. “We are trying to make it a real challenge for her and we want competition for that. We’re just really pleased she wants to stay around and push to be that number one.”

Meanwhile, the Boston Breakers made two signings. First, they announced the signing of forward Tiffany Weimer.

Weimer, 33, started her career back in 2006, and has most recently starred for Kvarnsvedens IK in Sweden. Throughout her career, she has made 76 competitive appearances, where she scored 33 goals.

“I’ve had some great conversations with Tiffany, and she’s hungry to come back to Boston and the NWSL,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “She’s gone away and had a great season in Sweden, and she will be another great addition to our team. She is a technically gifted player with a good soccer brain, and I’m looking forward to bringing Tiffany back to the Boston Breakers.”

The club also announced the re-signing of England international striker Natasha Dowie.

Dowie, 28, was born in the United Arab Emirates, but holds British citizenship. She has represented England’s international team a total of 14 times, scoring five goals, since 2009. Dowie recently starred for the Breakers in 2016, making seven appearances, scoring three goals.

“I’m delighted to be joining back up with the Boston Breakers,” Dowie said. “I really enjoyed my short spell there at the end of last season. There has been some strong additions to the squad, and I can’t wait for training to start. It’s a beautiful city, a great club, and I felt a lot of support from the fans last year. I’m enjoying my soccer right now, and I’m really looking forward to the new season.”

“It was important to tie Natasha down after her impact she made last season on a struggling team,” Beard said. “One thing I know she will do is score goals. I’m excited to see how she links up with all the attacking players we have signed this off-season.”


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