Julia Ashley Traded To Washington Team

By on January 18, 2020

Julia Ashley played for the University of North Carolina in college.

Reign FC, a professional women’s soccer team based in Tacoma, Wash., announced Friday that it has acquired the rights to defender Julia Ashley from Sky Blue FC. Ashley, who graduated Verona High School in 2015, is currently playing for Adelaide United FC in the Australian W-League.

“I’m honored and humbled to be joining Reign FC and very grateful to be a part of such a talented, hardworking group,” Ashley said. “I’m looking forward to meeting all the coaches and players and will do everything possible to help the Reign succeed and reach our goals in the upcoming 2020 season.”

“We have been working to bring Julia to Reign FC for nearly a year — we think she is a great emerging talent and can contribute to our club this season,” said Reign FC CEO Bill Predmore. 

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Sky Blue FC drafted Ashley with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft, but the defender never made an appearance for the club, instead signing a contract with Sweden’s Linköpings FC. Ashley was limited at Linköpings due to injury, but has become a mainstay at Adelaide United, starting and playing the full 90 in all seven of the club’s matches.

Ashley was a four-year starter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was named to the Freshman All-ACC team in 2015. As a senior, she helped lead the Tar Heels to a College Cup final.

“I am really excited to get back to work in the U.S. after spending the majority of 2019 overseas,” Ashley said. “Being overseas in Sweden and Australia has been great and I’ve learned a lot, but I’m looking forward to competing on U.S. soil and being back with many familiar faces. I’m also very excited for the incredible atmosphere in Tacoma created by the Royal Guard and many other excellent supporters of Reign FC.”

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Photo: UNC Athletic Communication

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