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Update on OL Reign's 2020 Season

April 2, 2020 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - OL Reign News Release

I trust that you and those you love are staying safe and healthy during these incredibly difficult times.

I am writing to provide an update on how OL Reign is managing through the COVID-19 crisis and to share a few thoughts on our upcoming season.

I am pleased to let you know that our players and staff are all healthy and staying safe. We are following guidance from the CDC, the NWSL, and our team physicians regarding the best ways we can protect ourselves and those in our community. We encourage all of you to follow the guidance from the CDC and to take all necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

As you know, our preseason started on March 9, but we only had a few days of training before we suspended team activities on March 13. Our front office staff has also been working from home since March 13, and we made the decision to suspend training and matches for all Reign Academy teams on March 12.

We are still doing a bit of rehab work with first-team players returning from injury, but other than that, we have suspended all team-related activities until further notice. Most players remain in Tacoma, but a handful of international players have returned home, and a few players that were returning from their season in Australia are back in the United States, but will not return to Tacoma until we resume training.

On March 20 the NWSL made the decision to delay the start of our 2020 season until such time that it is safe for players, staff and fans. Lisa Baird, the new Commissioner of the NWSL, yesterday announced plans to start our 2020 season at the end of June. We are starting work on the details of our new schedule and hope to have more information to share with all of you later this month.

OL Reign will begin selling single-match tickets when the revised schedule has been finalized, and once our revised schedule is published we will provide refunds to season ticket holders for any currently-scheduled matches that we are unable to reschedule.

We have much to keep us busy while we wait for our preseason training to resume.

Our efforts to improve the squad continue: we recently announced the signing of Costa Rican international Shirley Cruz, who will be a great addition to our midfield this season. We also expect that there will be additional signings to announce before we begin our season.

All Reign Academy activities have shifted online: we are conducting sessions via video conference, and have been able to integrate many OL Reign first-team players, such as Jess Fishlock and Lu Barnes, into the curriculum, providing a new and valuable experience for the youngest members of our club.

We are also focused on helping our community manage through this crisis. We are working on a blood drive that is planned occur near the end of the month, and we are using our platform to advocate for those that are suffering as a result of this crisis. To that end, we encourage all of you to visit All In Seattle for a list of organizations in our community - such as FareStart and ArtsFund - who are dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations throughout the Puget Sound region who are desperate for assistance.

On behalf of all of us at OL Reign, please know we are deeply appreciative of your support and your patience as we are forced to wait for our season to begin.

For now, please stay home and stay safe. We will look forward to seeing all of you back at Cheney Stadium very soon.

Best,

Bill Predmore / CEO


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