Former Rebel Joins New NWSL League
Jan. 14, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Former UNLV standout Jenny Ruiz will be a part of the new women's professional soccer league, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), as she was allocated to the Seattle Reign FC squad it was announced last week by the league office.
The NWSL, an eight-team league that was organized and will be adminstrated by the U.S. Soccer Federation, will begin its first season in the spring of this year. She was one of seven players placed on the Seattle roster, which also includes Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo from the USA 2012 goal medal Olympic team.
Ruiz, who played for the Rebels from 2001-04, was a two-time All-Mountain West defender for UNLV, and also an all-region selection her senior year. She played on UNLV's first conference championship team (MW regular season 2004) and also helped them to the first NCAA appearance in school history, an at-large berth in 2004.
A native of Corona, Calif., Ruiz was a member of the Mexican national team while at UNLV, and played with the squad in the 2003 Australia Cup, and had seven international cups for the team that qualified for the 2004 Olympics. After a seven-year break from the sport, Ruiz returned and rejoined the Mexican team, scoring the game-winning goal in the Pan American bronze medal game against Columbia in 2011. She also played for the team in CONCACAF qualifiers in January of 2012.
In addition to rejoining her national team, Ruiz returned to the sport in the U.S. as well in 2011, as she was a member of the Bay Area Breeze of Women's Premier Soccer League in 2011-12.