Seattles National Women's Soccer League-Franchise has neither an owner nor a schedule for the upcoming season, but they do have a new (old) name and a new crest.
On Tuesday, January 9, the club announced that it would be reverting back to the name it originally had when it joined the league in 2013 – Seattle Reign FC – and unveiled a recolored version of its original crest.
The new crest replaces the lighter „royal blue“ and platinum of the original crest with a darker blue and gold.
„Today marks a new chapter for our unique club, our fans, and our community,“ said Vincent Berthillot, CEO of Reign, in a press release quoted by the Seattle Times. „By bringing back the original name and identity of the club from the 2013 season as the club prepares to enter a new era, we want to honor the history of this club while respecting the progress and success we’ve experienced firsthand.“ Seattle Reign FC was a founding club of this growing league and our OGs, our fans, and our community have stood by us from the start to pave the way for the future.“
From 2013 to 2018, the team was known as the Seattle Reign FC. For the 2019 season, the team moved to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington, and simplified its name to Reign FC.
In 2020, the parent company of French Ligue-1 team Olympique Lyonnais became the majority owner of the club and renamed it OL Reign. The team moved its home games back to Seattle for the 2022 season, playing at Lumen Field (also home to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and MLS’s Seattle Sounders).
A company led by American businessman John Textor purchased Olympique Lyonnais in December 2022 and began the process of selling the Reign, leading to the recent name change. It is rumored that the Sounders are part of the new ownership group, but no further updates were provided in Tuesday’s announcement.
OL Reign finished as runners-up in the NWSL in 2023, losing 1-2 to NY/NJ Gotham FC in the championship final. The NWSL 2024 season will commence on March 16, but detailed schedules for each team have yet to be announced.