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Arsenal’s Kim Little returns to OL Reign on short-term loan

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Arsenal captain Kim Little is returning to the NWSL, with the 31-year-old joining OL Reign on a short-term loan.

The Scottish striker’s stint with the Seattle-based club kicks off on June 1 and will conclude on Aug. 15 ahead of Arsenal’s preseason.

This isn’t Little’s first run with OL Reign. She played with the team, then known as Seattle Reign FC, between 2014 and 2016. Scoring 32 goals across 63 regular-season appearances, Little led the club to two NWSL Shield titles in 2014 and 2015 and earned NWSL MVP during the 2014 campaign.

“Bringing Kim back to the PNW is huge, Kim will go down in history as one of the best players to ever play in the NWSL and to have the chance to work with her again is exciting,” OL Reign coach Laura Harvey said in a statement. “I’d like to thank Arsenal for helping make this happen. This is a unique opportunity for us and one that we felt could be a huge impact on our squad in a crazy summer schedule. Kim’s ability and experience will be crucial for us to help continue to push our performances forward and help continue the growth of our young squad.”

OL Reign sits in third in the NWSL standings with a 2-3-1 record to start the season.