Rachel Corsie, the captain for the Scotland National Team, was officially added to the Royals’ inaugural season roster. Corsie originally arrived in Utah as a non-roster invitee for the pre-season.
The former Seattle Reign FC player will play again for Laura Harvey. In Seattle, Corsie scored three goals in 44 games. Internationally, Corsie has 94 caps for Scotland, scoring 16 times in those games since beginning her international career in 2009.
Familiar with Corsie’s playing style, Harvey commended the Scottish captain in the team’s press release:
“Continuing to add someone of Rachel’s experience and quality to our roster is important as we grow the foundation for this franchise,” Harvey said. “Rachel’s knowledge of my setup from our time in Seattle is key, as is her unflappable attitude and Scotland international experience.”
Corsie takes the roster spot vacated by Brittany Taylor Kolmel, who has decided to take some time off from her professional career.
For Corsie, the opportunity to play in Utah came as unexpected, but she welcomed it:
“I had seen everything on social media — everything that the club was trying to do — watched some of the interviews that (USWNT and Royals FC Captain) Becky Sauerbrunn had done, and I think that was something that was huge for the league as a whole, and the opportunity to be a part of this. It’s a privilege to just be asked here, and I’m excited to get started.”
The NWSL season kicks off this Saturday with the Royals traveling to Florida to face the Orlando Pride in their first game ever.