In a surprise announcement this morning, the Seattle Reign have announced that Manon Melis, who joined the Reign for the 2016 season, is retiring from professional soccer.
Manon Melis has announced her retirement from professional soccer. Thanks for a great season and best of luck! pic.twitter.com/3JqmCNqA61
— Seattle Reign FC (@ReignFC) November 7, 2016
Melis debuted internationally in 2004 and accrued over 100 caps for the Netherlands’ Women’s National Team. She has played in for several teams in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan league and came to the Reign from Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, where she played from 2014 to 2015.
While on the Reign, Melis was ranked 7th in the league in goals scored, playing 16 games and scoring seven goals. In Week 16, her performance against the Portland Thorns–scoring two goals for a 3 to 1 victory–earned her a nod from fans and the league alike, as she was named Player of the Week.