Jimena López and Seattle Reign split up

Mexican defender Jimena López ends her contract with Seattle Reign
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The Seattle Reign and Mexican defender Jimena López have mutually decided to terminate her contract, also ending her loan to Valencia CF Women. This decision marks a new chapter in the career of López, who is now looking for new opportunities in professional soccer.

Contracted by the Reign until 2024, López was on loan at Valencia in Liga F, the top division of women's soccer in Spain, until June 2024. During her time at Valencia, López was a starter in 23 of the 28 games, contributing one goal and two assists. Before her time in Spain, López also spent time on loan at UMF Selfoss in Iceland, where she played 11 games and scored one goal. Her career with the Reign began as the 28th overall pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft, where she played in nine games, starting four of them.

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At the age of 25, Jimena López has proven to be a reliable defensive full-back, known for her ball retrieval and tackling skills, although she appears little in attack. Her consistent performances in both Spain and Iceland show her potential and value in the defensive field.

Lesle Gallimore, general manager of the Reign, commented: "We worked closely with Jimena while she was on loan to help her in every way possible. We are happy to support her career and ensure that she can continue her path at a club that is aligned with her goals."

This amicable separation opens up new possibilities for López, who will be able to find a club where her skills and ambitions are in tune. Whether in another European league or returning to North America, López will certainly continue to build her career in search of professional development.