In a move that helps to further define their roster, Utah Royals have officially announced the commitment of United States national team veteran Amy Rodriguez to the club.
Rodriguez, a 30-year-old forward, missed nearly all of the 2017 season after suffering a left ACL tear in the season opener with FC Kansas City — a match in which she scored a goal.
In a club-issued release, Utah Royals coach Laura Harvey said the club plans for Rodriguez’s rehabilitation from the non-contact injury.
“We are excited to get Amy into Salt Lake and help finish off her rehabilitation so she can again show what a huge talent she is,” said Harvey, finalizing the roster prior to the club’s mid-February report date for its inaugural preseason. “Amy has proven her ability to score goals in every year that she has been fit and available in the NWSL. I’m so excited to finally have her on my team and not have to watch her play against me, as she has always haunted my teams.”
In the release, Rodriguez said she was looking forward to playing with Utah Royals.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming NWSL season,” said Rodriguez, after one of her recent early-morning offseason fitness sessions. “I can’t wait to put on the Utah Royals FC jersey and get back on the soccer field again.”
Rodriguez has earned 130 caps for the U.S. National Team, during which time she is recorded as having scored 30 goals.