OL Reign is Making Moves to Build a Championship Roster for 2021

By: Justin McMullen
Posted: May 13, 2021

Even after announcing the signings of Olympique Lyonnais stars Dzsenifer Marozsán and Sarah Bouhaddi in April, OL Reign is not quite done adding to their 2021 roster. 

Eugénie Le Sommer to Join OL Reign on Loan from OL

The team announced the signing of yet another player from parent club Olympique Lyonnais, with forward Eugénie Le Sommer set to join the club after the June transfer window. 

Le Sommer, the 31-year-old French international, has been with Lyon for the past 11 seasons, notching 274 goals across all competitions for the Division 1 Féminine side. She has also been a fixture for the French national team since 2009, playing in two Euros, two Olympic Games, and three World Cups for Les Bleues. 

Le Sommer will join Lyon teammates Dzsenifer Marozsán and Sarah Bouhaddi at the Tacoma club as part of a coordinated effort by Lyon and OL Reign owners OL Groupe to strengthen the NWSL side and achieve success in the American league. Le Sommer said she is “happy to enjoy the connection between OL and OL Reign that allows me to stay in OL family,” in a press release sent out by the team yesterday. 

In an interview at her April signing announcement, Bouhaddi stated the objective of Olympique Lyonnais management with regards to the loaning of star players to the US team. 

“Our president’s goal is to build a competitive team in the US and he wants to win the NWSL,” said Bouhaddi. 

Reign head coach Farid Benstiti praised Le Sommer, OL’s all-time leading scorer, in yesterday’s release.

“It is great to have such an extraordinary player join our team,” said Benstiti. “Le Sommer has been consistent for Lyon and is a very intelligent player. She will bring quality and effectiveness with her to our team. I am looking forward to seeing how she impacts our game.”

Rose Lavelle Reportedly Joining After Season in Manchester

In addition, The Equalizer’s Jeff Kassouf and Dan Lauletta have reported that OL Reign also plan to sign US midfielder Rose Lavelle after her season at Manchester City. 

Kassouf’s reporting on Rose Lavelle has yet to be confirmed by the team, but OL Reign did acquire the rights to the US international from the Washington Spirit in August of 2020. Kassouf also points out that the NWSL added Lavelle to OL Reign’s list of Allocated Players set to receive a salary from the US Soccer federation should they play in the NWSL. 

OL Reign declined to comment on Lavelle when reached by email. 

OL Reign, meanwhile, will start the season without Lavelle or the European trio this coming Saturday, May 15. The Bold will begin their regular season campaign with a match against North Carolina Courage at home in Tacoma, Washington’s Cheney Stadium at 10pm Eastern. The match will be broadcast free of charge on global streaming platform Twitch.

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