Up first, the club announced the signing of midfielder Katrina Gorry, an Australian Women’s National team member. Gorry returns to the NWSL after playing professionally in Asia and Australia. The 25-year-old’s last round in the NWSL resulted in an NWSL Championship with FC Kansas City in 2014. She then left the NWSL to focus on playing overseas. Gorry has also won the Asia Football Confederation’s Player of the Year Award and Australia Player of the Year in 2014. Gorry has 59 caps playing for Australia, including scoring 14 goals for the Matildas (Australia’s nickname for their women’s team).
“Katrina is a player that I have watched for a few years now; she has experience of playing in the U.S. with FC Kansas City,” said head coach Laura Harvey in a press release. “Since she was here, she has gone away and developed her game further, and now together we felt it was the right time for her to come back to the league. Katrina has proven she can play anywhere in the world, and I’m excited to get her back to the NWSL.”
If one international signing was not enough for the Royals, the club announced also the addition of Norway Women’s National Team forward Elise Thorsnes. The Norwegian international Thorsnes (pronounced TORSE-ness) has appeared in 110 games for Norway and has 17 career goals.
Professionally, Thorsnes has been an impressive footballer at the club level in her native Norway and comes to the NWSL with three Toppserien championships, four Norweigan cup victories, and three Toppserien goal-scoring titles.
Laura Harvey praised Thorsnes in the club’s press release:
“Bringing any international player into the NWSL is always a fantastic thing for the league, and I think Elise’s style of play and her competitive attitude is something that allows her transition into our setup to be an exciting one.”
And finally, joining the rest of her Kansas City teammates is defender Brittany Taylor Kolmel. The NWSL veteran began her professional career in 2010, playing in the Women’s Professional League (WPS) with Sky Blue FC. In 2013, Kolmel joined the Western New York Flash and spent three seasons with the club. She was traded to FC Kansas City in 2015 and was a part of the championship-winning team that year. In August 2017, Kolmel played her 100th NWSL career game, making her the third player in the league to reach the milestone.
The Utah Royals FC kick off the 2018 NWSL season with road games on March 24th and 31st before an international break in early April. They will return to Utah for their home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium on April 14th.
For more on the roster, check out this Royals roster update.