NFL, NBA, NHL stats

Utah Royals FC Kicks off 2020 Preseason

March 9, 2020 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Utah Royals FC News Release

SANDY, Utah - Utah Royals FC has announced its roster for the first week of training camp this week ahead of the club's third season in the National Women's Soccer League.

The team will begin preseason without eight of its players, six of whom are away on international duty. The Canadian duo of Diana Matheson and Desiree Scott are in France competing in the Tournoi de France; Katie Bowen and New Zealand are in Portugal for the Algarve Cup; Gunny Jónsdóttir (Iceland) and Rachel Corsie (Scotland) are playing in the Pinatar Cup; and Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press are with the United States Women's National Team at the SheBelieves Cup.

Abby Smith and Mallory Weber are also not in market, as they are finishing their stints in Australia.

The current roster includes 18 players from the 2019 roster, led by 2019 goal-scoring leader Amy Rodriguez and team Most Valuable Player Nicole Barnhart. Forwards Taylor Lytle and Brittany Ratcliffe will look to make their return to the pitch after missing all of the 2019 season due to season-ending injuries sustained during the preseason.

2020 UTAH ROYALS FC PRESEASON ROSTER (as of Monday, March 9, 2020)

GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart, Melissa Lowder, Carly Nelson (NRI), Abby Smith (NYR)

DEFENDERS (7): Katie Bowen (NYR), Rachel Corsie (NYR), Taylor Leach, Michelle Maemone, Maddie Nolf, Kelley O'Hara (FED-USA), Danika Serassio (NRI)

MIDFIELDERS (12): Vero Boquete, Holly Daugirda (NRI), Kate Del Fava (CDP), Andrea Hauksdottir (NRI), Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir (NYR), Lo'eau LaBonta, Diana Matheson (FED-CAN), Desiree Scott (FED-CAN), Marissa Sheva (NRI), Chestley Strother, Mallory Weber (NYR), Jalen Woodward (NRI)

FORWARDS (10): Cyera Hintzen (CDP), Tziarra King (CDP), Taylor Lytle, Shaelan Murison (NRI), Christen Press (FED-USA), Brittany Ratcliffe, Amy Rodriguez, Raimee Sherle (NRI), Arielle Ship, Raisa Strom-Okimoto


FED - 2020 Federation Player

CDP - 2020 NWSL College Draft pick

NRI - Non-Roster Invitee

NYR - Not Yet Reported to Camp

• Discuss this story on the National Women's Soccer League message board...

National Women's Soccer League Stories from March 9, 2020

The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.