In November of 2012, professional women’s soccer came to Seattle with the creation of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and in January of 2013 the Seattle Reign FC played their inaugural match. After just a year in the league, the Reign has orchestrated two first place regular season finishes clinching the NWSL Shield in consecutive seasons (2014-15). Two of Seattle Reign’s brightest stars, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo, were instrumental in helping the U.S. win gold at both the 2015 FIFA World Cup and the 2012 London Olympics, and silver at the 2011 FIFA World Cup. Kim Little, named league MVP in her first season with the Reign, earned the leagues Golden Boot award, scoring 16 goals, in the 2014 season, and led the league in assists in the 2015 season with seven. The Reign have had six athletes named Best XI: Jess Fishlock (2013-15), Kim Little (2014-15), Nahomi Kawasumi (2014), Kendall Fletcher (2014), Laura Barnes (2015) and Beverly Yanez (2015).
Home to the Seattle Reign FC since the 2014 season, Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium is located on the northeast corner of Seattle Center. While the stadium has a capacity of 12,000, it is limited to just 6,000 for Reign matches. In the 2015 season, the Reign had an average home attendance of 4,060, and their highest attendance, 6,303, came on the July 26 match vs. Portland. Like its name denotes, Memorial Stadium was built in 1947 to commemorate the Seattle youth who died in WWII. However, on a lighter note, the stadium, in later years, served as the opening ceremonies venue for the Century 21 Exposition, also known as the Seattle World Fair, in 1962.