Undefeated going into the second half of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season, Seattle Reign FC have proven that they are the team to beat. There’s no denying it, the Reign are killing the NWSL this season. As one fan said to me recently, “The Reign are badass!” (meaning really good).
Being the inquisitive writer that I am, I thought I’d do some investigative reporting to find out just what makes the 2014 Seattle Reign FC so badass.
So, I called on my research partners, Jack Daniels and Flamin Hot Cheetos and we got to work discovering what makes Seattle Reign FC the most Badass team in the NWSL. And here’s what we found…
#1 Badass Logo
Logos are like babies. If it’s yours, you think it’s the best looking logo in all of creation. But you have to admit that your team’s logo has nothing on Seattle’s Maleficent-looking queen glaring out from under her dark armor, lit only by a canopy of purple shadows pressing down hard on her badass face.
Someone give that graphic designer a round of applause please (we know payment is out of the question).
#2 Badass Boss
Remember the 2013 offseason? Reign general manager and head coach, Laura Harvey reinvented the Big Announcement. Every day, the former Arsenal Ladies boss sent Twitter into a social media meltdown with her ‘Surprise Signings at noon PT.’
Harvey continually drove her tractor truck of announcements over other team’s announcements (heck, she even leveled U.S. Soccer a few times). When the announcements got annoying and old, she did what any badass boss would do… she made another announcement.
#3 Badass Goalkeeper
Have you ever seen Hope Solo smile on gameday? No. Why? She’s a badass. Oh sure, you may have your Erin McLeods and your Ashlyn Harris’s and they are all badasses in their own right, but when it comes to stares that can make Voldemort curl into a fetal position, no one compares.
As someone who’s been on the receiving end of the ice princess gameday glare, let me tell you – It’s bad-effin-ass.
#4 Badass Bottle Products
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you’ve probably noticed a shortage of peroxide from May to August. That’s because Megan Rapinoe and Jess Fishlock are badasses about their hair. They’ve made it a point to keep their locks fresh, spiky and a color, as of yet, undefined. And by the way, they look nothing alike. Just ask Lori Lindsey.
#5 Badass Goal Scorer
If you remember, it was the Washington Spirit who had exclusive signing rights to Scottish international Kim Little at the beginning of the 2014 season. But the current goal-scoring leader would only come to the NWSL if she could play for her former Arsenal boss, Laura Harvey (see reason #2).
How does a player who’s never played in the USA acquire so much pull? Hello? Badass.
#6 Badass Japanese Loaners
Laura Harvey, dialed up INAC Kobe Leonessa in Japan and invited two of their best players to join the Reign for the 2014 season and they’ve been nothing short of badass. California native Bev Goebel and Japanese international Naho Kawasumi have both made significant impacts for Seattle in 2014.
Women’s World Cup 2011 champion Kawasumi is Seattle’s premier corner taker and has a few great goals under her belt. Goebel currently leads the team and the league in assists and is usually the one drawing all the fouls. In fact, it’s safe to say Bev is responsible for pretty much all of Kim Little’s PK goals. When the NWSL season is over these two will be on the pitch in Japan. Udon-Badness!!
#7 Badass Bobby Brady Look-Alike
He might’ve been the youngest of the Brady boys, but we all know he was the badass brother. How about the time Bobby was appointed school safety monitor and wrote everyone up for minor infractions – Ok that wasn’t badass, but it was when he wrote himself up for trespassing into an abandoned house to save a classmate’s cat. BadASS.
The soccer-playing version is just as badass. How about the time in May when Seattle and FC Kansas City were locked in a 2-2 draw late in the game and Keelin head-butted a rocket into the net for the winning goal, sending over 3,000 fans throwing their fraps into the air! Now if only we can keep her from trying to mow the lawn. Its polysynthetic turf, Winters!!
#8 Badass Backline
Lauren Barnes, Steph Cox, Megan Brigman, Kate Deines, Kendall Fletcher, Amanda Frisbie, Kiersten Dallstream, Carm Moscato, Elli Reed. Mix and match; sub-in and sub-out. It doesn’t really matter because any combo in this backfield works. This fortress of bad-ass has allowed only nine goals in 11 matches, including four clean sheets.
Oh and if needed, Fletcher is good for a goal or two.
#9 Badass Leroux
Last season, the Reign was missing a few things, but one thing in particular. That’s right – a badass forward. So they dealt a winning hand and cashed in on a player dripping in badassness.
Sydney Leroux was born in Canada, raised in the USA and lives in her own realm. As the USWNT 2014 leading scorer, Leroux’s value on any team cannot be measured. The only thing badder than Syd in Seattle is maybe Leroux in Los Angeles (come on, NWSL – give us a team!). And that leaves us with…
#10 Badass City
Jimi Hendrix, Heart, Nirvana, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Cinnabon – I’ve never been there, but it’s pretty clear that all good things come from Seattle. And by good I mean… say it with me… BADASS!