The goalkeeper will be a temporary option until OL Reign's French goalkeeper arrives.
, England goalkeeper has leftManchester City
and joinedOL Reign
with a loan-deal. The experienced goalkeeper as the NWSL club needs a goalkeeper before the arrival of their French star, Sarah Bouhaddi. Bardsley has the experience of playing 81 times for England.
“I am really excited to be joining OL Reign over this period and very grateful to Man City for allowing me the opportunity to experience a new environment to get more game time and progress my learning and development,”
Bardsley told OLReign's official website
“I’ve been very impressed with the whole approach and attitude of everyone at OL Reign and I can’t wait to meet up with the squad and coaches. NWSL is such a competitive league, and I’m determined to do all I can to help the club get the season off to a winning start.”
Head coach Farid Benstiti added:
“Karen is a player with very big experience. She has played in many important games and knows what it takes to win big matches.
“Our goalkeeping situation is complicated this year. We have started with Cosette [Morche], a young goalkeeper with so much great potential. And now we add Karen, who will be ready to play immediately.
"We have another keeper already signed that will join mid-season, and when Karen departs in June, we will have another top player to replace her. It is complicated, but very good."