Two weeks into the NWSL preseason and per league rules to trim down the roster to 25 players, the Utah Royals FC announced an update to their roster for this week as they continue preseason training in Utah.
Mind you, this 25-player roster limit is for in-market players, those who are available and in training. It does not include the players away on international duty towards that limit. Players like Kelley O’Hara (USA), Diana Matheson (Canada), Desiree Scott (Canada), Meagan Kelly (Canada), Katrina Gorry (Australia), Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir (Iceland), Elise Thorsnes (Norway), Katie Bowen (New Zealand), and Rachel Corsie (Scotland). All of these players are expected to report to the club at the conclusion of their respective national team duties.
2018 Utah Royals FC Preseason Roster
Key: FED - Federation Players; CDP - 2018 College Draft Pick; NRI - Non-Roster Invitee;
NYR - Not Yet Reported to Camp; OM - Out of Market
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart, EJ Proctor (CDP), Abby Smith, Becca Ritchie (NRI)
DEFENDERS (12): Taylor Isom (CDP), Sydney Miramontez, Rebecca Moros, Becky Sauerbrunn (FED-USA), Brooke Elby, Kendall Johnson (NRI), Jordan O’Brien (NRI), Natalie Norris (NRI), Rachel Corsie (OM; NRI), Alex Arlitt (OM), Kelley O’Hara (FED-USA; NYR), Brittany Kolmel (NYR)
MIDFIELDERS (14): Annie Hawkins (NRI), Lo’eau LaBonta, Amanda Laddish, Taylor Lytle, Alexa Newfield, Erika Tymrak, Allie Wisner (NRI), Collette Smith (NRI), Lydia Simmonds (NRI), Gunny Jonsdottir (OM), Diana Matheson (FED-CAN; NYR), Desiree Scott (FED-CAN; NYR), Katrina Gorry (NYR), Meagan Kelly (NYR)
FORWARDS (6): Brittany Ratcliffe, Amy Rodriguez (FED-USA), Katie Stengel, Victoria Shimkus (NRI), Elise Thorsnes (NYR), Katie Bowen (NYR)
The Royals have one more preseason scrimmage lined up against UCLA on Friday, March 16 in Westwood at 10:00 AM MT. Their first scrimmage, played behind closed doors, was this past weekend against BYU. The Royals won 1-0 on an Alexa Newfield goal.
Prior to the club heading to California, the roster will be a part of Real Salt Lake’s home opener vs LAFC at Rio Tinto Stadium, giving the team and fans an opportunity to interact on the Stadium’s East Side lawn in Carnival Real. The team will be formally introduced at halftime.