Utah Royals FC Kick Off Inaugural NWSL Season in Orlando

 Photo: Orlando Pride

Photo: Orlando Pride

Utah Royals FC kicks off its official on-field existence Saturday evening by playing its first-ever National Women’s Soccer League match in club history on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Orlando Pride in the Orlando City Stadium.

Utah Royals FC boasts no fewer than 11 recently active national team players on the club’s 24-player inaugural roster, representing seven countries. With three each from the United States (Captain Becky Sauerbrunn, DF Kelley O’Hara and FW Amy Rodriguez) and Canada (MF Desiree Scott, M/F Diana Matheson and DF Maegan Kelly), the group also includes a pair of Scandinavians (MF Gunny Jonsdottir / Iceland; and FW Elise Thorsnes / Norway), as well as an Oceania pair (MF Katie Bowen / New Zealand; and MF Katrina Gorry / Australia), following the official signing earlier this week of Scotland Captain and DF Rachel Corsie.

URFC kicks off Saturday’s match after a rigorous month of preseason training and travel, including victorious scrimmages against BYU (1-0) and UCLA (4-1) since kicking off training in earnest on Feb. 19. Utah Royals FC Head Coach Laura Harvey – a two-time NWSL coach of the Year at Seattle (2014/15) and the winningest boss in league history with a 51-33-26 record – now enters her sixth year in the NWSL and first with Utah.

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Utah Royals FC Finalize 2018 NWSL Roster


Utah Royals FC have unveiled its roster for the first week of the 2018 NWSL season, Head Coach Laura Harvey announced today. Utah will open its inaugural season against the Orlando Pride at Orlando City Stadium this Saturday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m. ET. Broadcast details to follow in coming days.

Defender Alex Arlitt (knee) has been placed on the 45-day disabled list to begin the season, while USWNT Forward Amy Rodriguez is also on the 45-day disabled list as she continues her rehab from an anterior curate ligament tear (ACL) sustained at the start of the 2017 NWSL season.

Australia Midfielder Katrina Gorry will report to Salt Lake City on or before Sunday, April 22, following the conclusion of Australia's 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying in Jordan, from April 6-20.

2018 Utah Royals FC Roster (as of Mon., March 19, 2018):

Rostered Players (24 of 20 spots filled):

GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart, Abby Smith (DD).

DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Corsie (INTL-SCO), Brooke Elby (DD), Sydney Miramontez, Rebecca Moros, Kelley O'Hara (FED-USA), Becky Sauerbrunn (FED-USA), Alex Arlitt (D45)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Gunny Jonsdottir (INTL-ICE), Maegan Kelly, Lo'eau LaBonta, Mandy Laddish, Taylor Lytle, Diana Matheson (FED-CAN), Alexa Newfield, Desiree Scott (FED-CAN), Erika Tymrak, Katrina Gorry (PEN; INTL-AUS)

FORWARDS (5): Katie Bowen (INTL-NZ), Brittany Ratcliffe, Katie Stengel (DD), Elise Thorsnes (INTL-NOR), Amy Rodriguez (FED-USA, D45)

Federations Players (FED): 5

International Roster Spots Filled (INTL): 5


FED - 2018 Federation Player

INTL - International Player

D45 - 45-Day Disabled List

PEN - Pending Arrival

DD – Dispersal Draft

Eleven Internationals from Seven Nations Comprise Inaugural NWSL Roster

 Photo: Seattle Reign FC

Photo: Seattle Reign FC

Utah Royals FC today added Scotland international Captain and DF Rachel Corsie to the club’s 2018 inaugural preseason roster, the former Seattle Reign FC player officially joining the club, Head Coach Laura Harvey announced today. 
“Continuing to add someone of Rachel’s experience and quality to our roster is important as we grow the foundation for this franchise,” said Harvey, looking forward to next week’s inaugural reg. season game at Orlando City on Saturday, March 24 (5:30 p.m. MT kickoff). “Rachel’s knowledge of my setup from our time in Seattle is key, as is her unflappable attitude and Scotland international experience.”
Corsie arrived in Utah last month, spending numerous sessions on trial as a non-roster invitee during preseason, on either side of a pair of Scottish friendlies in Portugal against Norway. The Aberdeen native has scored three goals in 44 NWSL games with the Reign playing under Harvey, and found the back of the net 16 times in 94 games for Scotland since embarking on her national team career in 2009.
“Utah is a place where I had no expectation, no idea what it would be like, but it was a really exciting day when Laura called,” said the 28-year old Corsie, who has also played in England for Notts County between spells with Glasgow City, prior to her NWSL career, now entering a fourth season in the U.S. “I didn’t really know what to say when she asked me to come out to training camp, other than I would absolutely love to be there. 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.” 

Nearly a decade ago, Corsie captained the Scotland U-19 team to the finals of the 2008 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship. At the 2009 Cyprus Cup, Corsie made her senior debut against France and was selected in all of Scotland's games at the tournament. Now just six appearances away from 100 senior caps, the majority of Corsie’s 16 goals have come from her getting forward from the center back position. She scored three goals during Scotland’s UEFA qualification for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and captained the team to an historic 2-0 win over England at the 2011 Cyprus Cup, the first of its kind for Scotland in more than 30 years.

Corsie remains an Aberdeen FC supporter, as club legend Donald Colman was Corsie's great-grandfather. Off the field, Corsie has worked in professional services at Ernst & Young as an Assurance Associate, where her flexible working scheme enables her to do accountancy and play professionally side-by-side.
“I’ve played in the NWSL for the last three seasons, and I think it’s an extremely tough league — extremely competitive — and I’m going to bring some of that toughness into the season,” said Corsie, moving into a roster spot vacated by Brittany Taylor Kolmel’s decision to take a leave of absence from her professional career. “The added international experience also adds competitiveness to the league, and when you can add top-level players to every game, I think that is something we can really accomplish as a club, as we’ve got a lot of experience across the board.” 
Corsie’s Scotland addition brings to 11 the number of recently active national team players on the club’s inaugural roster, representing 11 countries. With three each from the United States (Sauerbrunn, DF Kelley O’Hara and FW Amy Rodriguez) and Canada (MF Desiree Scott, M/F Diana Matheson and DF Maegan Kelly), the group also includes a pair of Scandinavians (MF Gunny Jonsdottir / Iceland; and FW Elise Thorsnes / Norway) as well as an Oceania pair (MF Katie Bowen / New Zealand; and MF Katrina Gorry / Australia).
“Home games are the best experiences,” continued Corsie. “I think for this club and for this city, if we can pack the stadium on April 14, it will be a fantastic experience. As a team and as players, we absolutely want to play the best we can to ensure that we win that game — that is our aspiration.”
Player: Rachel Corsie
Position: Defender
Height: 5 foot 9
Date of Birth: August 17, 1989
Hometown: Aberdeen, Scotland
Previous Club: Seattle Reign FC

Utah Royals FC - Preseason Update


Utah Royals FC travelled to Los Angeles, California on Monday to begin its 5-day preseason trip to the Golden State where it will play its final preseason match against UCLA on March 16 at 10:00 a.m. MT.
Last Saturday URFC unveiled its “Victory Gold” home jersey through National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) equipment supplier Nike, ahead of the club’s inaugural season. Boasting the largest jersey-front sponsor deal in domestic women’s soccer history – Conservice, “The Utility ExpertsTM” – dons the front and back of the jersey. The Utah-based company will display its corporate branding on the Utah NWSL jerseys starting in March and run through at least the 2020 season.

The jersey also boasts gradients of Cobalt Blue to compliment the Victory Gold base color. An on-sale date for the inaugural Victory Gold home jersey has yet to be announced.