Utah Royals FC head coach Laura Harvey returning to Seattle for first time to face former team

Seattle Reign FC owner and president Bill Predmore has only tweeted seven times since August of 2014, but his tweets certainly give insight into the impact Laura Harvey, the club’s former head coach and general manager who now leads Utah Royals FC, had in the Emerald City.

Of Predmore’s seven tweets, three mention Harvey, including the first one and the most recent one on Nov. 7, 2017, the day Harvey officially announced she was leaving the Reign after five seasons with the club.

“Thank you to@LH1505 for all you gave to@ReignFC – you inspired us all and will always be part of our family,” Predmore wrote in part.

Thank you to @LH1505 for all you gave to @ReignFC – you inspired us all and will always be part of our family. #riskitforachocolatebiscuit pic.twitter.com/k4NvjQJNwx

— Bill Predmore (@billpredmore) November 7, 2017

As Harvey returns to Memorial Stadium for Utah’s Wednesday matchup against Seattle, the feeling is the same among fans, particularly members of The Royal Guard, the team’s official supporters group.

Bitty Jones, the group’s co-vice president, said there was sadness Harvey was leaving, but recognition that the opportunities she was exploring with U.S. soccer and elsewhere were good.

“We loved her, absolutely,” Jones said, noting that the group had bumper stickers and T-shirts made with Harvey’s face on them. “She was always a lot of fun.”

When other endeavors didn’t pan out and Harvey ended up in Utah, Jones said there was excitement that the coach would be staying in the NWSL. For Wednesday’s match, The Royal Guard had a special tifo made in Harvey’s honor, and created an Adele-themed chant in recognition of the coach’s favorite singer.

“We’re excited to see her stay within the league and continue to make a difference in women’s soccer,” Jones said. “Just excited to see her back.”

Harvey certainly has good feelings about the city she called home for five years.

“I think obviously Seattle’s always going to have a special place in my heart, really,” she said before the two teams first played on June 27 at Rio Tinto Stadium, adding that Predmore and his family treated her like one of their own throughout her tenure there. “I think when you build something from nothing it tends to have that effect on you, but obviously once you get into the game it’s a game.”

“We loved her, absolutely. She was always a lot of fun.”

After getting smashed by Portland Thorns FC 4-0 last Friday in its worst loss of the season, URFC stayed in the Pacific Northwest, arriving in Seattle on Sunday. Now sixth in the NWSL table, URFC fell four points out of the playoffs thanks to both its loss to Portland and the fact that all five teams ahead of it won last week.

Seattle is now in second, and URFC’s next two games after Wednesday are against third-place Orlando (Saturday at home) and first-place North Carolina (next Friday on the road).

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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