Reign FC Australian and Japanese Players Named to Tournament of Nations Rosters

July 17, 2018 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Seattle Reign FC News Release

Seattle - The Australian and Japanese women's national teams have announced their rosters for the upcoming Tournament of Nations. Four players from Seattle Reign FC - two each for Australia and Japan - were named to their respective teams.

Defender Steph Catley and goalkeeper Lydia Williams were called up for the Australian side. Midfielder Rumi Utsugi and forward Nahomi Kawasumi are part of the Japanese squad. Below are Australia and Japan's schedules for the 2018 Tournament of Nations:

Thursday, July 26:

Australia vs. Brazil - Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS, 1:15 p.m. PT

Japan vs. USA - Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS, 4:00 p.m. PT (broadcast on FS1)

Sunday, July 29:

Japan vs. Brazil - Pratt & Whitney Stadium, East Hartford, CT, 1:15 p.m. PT

Australia vs. USA - Pratt & Whitney Stadium, East Hartford, CT, 4:00 p.m. PT (broadcast on FS1)

Thursday, August 2:

Australia vs. Japan - Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL, 2:45 p.m. PT

The four-team tournament will feature USA, Australia, Brazil, and Japan. The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with goal differential serving as the first tiebreaker.

Australia, Brazil, and Japan have each qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. The USA will play for its World Cup berth at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship this October.

In the most recent FIFA rankings, the U.S. Women's National Team is first in the world, with Japan sixth, Brazil seventh, and Australia eighth.

At just 23 years old, Catley has already accrued 67 caps and two goals with the Australian national team. Williams has 69 caps in her career with the Matildas. Both players were part of Australia's World Cup roster in 2015 that advanced to the tournament's quarterfinals.

Utsugi has been a staple of the Japanese team since 2005, and represented the country at the 2007, 2011, and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cups. Kawasumi debuted for the national team in 2008 and played in the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cups. Both players were part of the Japanese team that won the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup in April, and both were part of the championship squad that won the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

All four players have been integral parts of Seattle Reign FC in 2018. Catley has tallied three assists, good for second-most among NWSL defenders. Williams has started nine games for Seattle and logged six clean sheets. Utsugi has played over 1,100 NWSL minutes in 2018, and scored the winning goal in Seattle's 3-2 victory over Portland on May 5. In Kawasumi's 697 minutes played for Reign FC this season, she has two assists and a 74.1% passing accuracy. All four players will return to Seattle Reign FC at the conclusion of the tournament and will be available for selection in Seattle's next home match on Sunday, August 5 against the Washington Spirit.

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