Football: Arsenal star hopes to Reign in Seattle

Kim Little has joined Seattle Reign from Arsenal Ladies.
Kim Little has joined Seattle Reign from Arsenal Ladies.
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Scotland and Arsenal midfielder Kim Little has joined the Seattle Reign franchise in the US National Women’s Soccer League, writes Joshua King.

Little, who has represented Scotland more than 80 times and played for Team GB at the London Olympics, will link up with former Arsenal coach Laura Harvey.

West-coast based Seattle Reign are a new addition to the Nation Women’s Soccer League, only founded last year.

Now 23-year-old Little hopes to help write the club’s history with her new teammates.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Little said: “Moving to the US is something that I’ve thought about for a couple of years now.

“I’ve had the opportunity to go to America before and it just hadn’t felt like the right time because I was at University.

Then came Scotland and representing Great Britain at the Olympics so I wanted to stay.

“But this year it felt like it was the right time for me to move on and take on a new challenge.”

Although the men’s game in the US has yet to gain universal appeal, soccer is by far the most popular women’s sport.

Little will join up with Harvey and fellow British players Jessica Fishlock of Wales.

Little continued: “I think female players over here are very aware of how big the woman’s game is in America.

“The men’s game isn’t as big there as it is here but it’s the opposite way round for women in terms of female soccer.

“It’s been an ambition of mine to play in that professional league and I’m really excited.”

In May of this year Little, who scored an increible 81 goals in 93 appearances for Arsenal, was named the inaugral Professional Footballers’ Association Women’s Player of the Year.

She said: “It’s quite surreal to think seven or eight years ago I was with Buchan Girls.

“I’m a very competitive person, that’s why I enjoy football so much.

“When I go over I want to win our matches and put in a good shift to win the league.

“I’ll go over and work hard and if the team come together and play good football we can produce results too. We’ll try and make some history hopefully.”

Little joined Arsenal Ladies from Hibernian in 2008.

She has scored 30 times in 86 appearances for the Scottish national team, and played five times for Team GB.