The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

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of her at­ti­tude ment. s al­ways given ing on the pitch well as be­ing a top player who’s highly re­spected over here, she’s a great am­bas­sador for the club.” Fishlock is back in Seat­tle af­ter play­ing for Wales in Tues­day’s 3-0 Euro 17 qual­i­fi­ca­tion de­feat by Aus­tria.

As the 28-year-old Wales stal­wart fin­ishes her third Reign cam­paign on Thurs­day, for­mer Notts County cen­tral de­fender Cor­sie, 26, will be clos­ing out her de­but sea­son in the Amer­i­can league.

“Rachel’s done re­ally well for us and ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions,” said Har­vey. “She took a risk in com­ing here be­cause I told her our cen­tral de­fen­sive part­ner­ship was the best in the league last sea­son and that she had no guar­an­tees of play­ing.

“But she stepped up to the plate from day one. “She’s now fit­ter, stronger, a bet­ter foot­baller and a reg­u­lar in the back line. Like Kim and Jess, she’ll have an im­por­tant part to play against Kansas.”

When the two teams met in last year’s Cham­pi­onship match, Kansas were sur­prise 2-1 win­ners af­ter Seat­tle had reigned supreme in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Har­vey re­called: “We won the league by 13 points, so no-one was even close to us.

“That would make you cham­pi­ons in Eng­land, but over here it just puts you in a po­si­tion to go into the Cham­pi­onship play-offs.


“We’d been to­tally dom­i­nant, so when we lost the Cham­pi­onship match it was a weird feel­ing – the worst feel­ing I’ve ever had at the end of a game.

“Kansas had spoiled our party and I was dis­traught, dev­as­tated, and of course the play­ers were, too. So, on Thurs­day, we’ll be out for re­venge. It’s as sim­ple as that – we want that Cham­pi­onship ti­tle!”

As fo­cused as she is on the mas­sive game ahead of her, Har­vey, who as Ar­se­nal man­ager won the WSL, the FA Cup and the Con­ti­nen­tal Cup – twice each – this week took time out to con­tact Liver­pool man­ager Matt Beard fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment as head coach of Seat­tle’s NWSL ri­vals, the Bos­ton Break­ers.

“I’ve dropped Matt a mes­sage to give me a call if he’d like to have a chat about com­ing to work in the NWSL,” she re­vealed.

“I’ll be happy to give him any ad­vice I think might be use­ful to him. Bos­ton fin­ished bot­tom this sea­son so it’s not go­ing to be an easy job, but Matt’s got a good track record in Eng­land and that’s ob­vi­ously why they’ve cho­sen him.

“His teams are al­ways hard to play against, and I reckon that, once he’s got used to the draft and trad­ing sys­tems over here, he’ll get them on the right


ess Fishlock, from left, will be part of the big­gest women’s club game in the world for Seat­tle Reign this week

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