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Royals add 5 from Kansas City to inaugural roster

Royals add 5 from Kansas City to inaugural roster

(Bob Brents via Creative Commons)



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SANDY — The Utah Royals’ inaugural roster is nearing completion.

The Sandy-based National Women’s Soccer League side announced five additions to the club Thursday morning, bringing in midfielder Meagan Kelly, forward Brittany Ratcliffe, midfielder Alexa Newfield, defender Sydney Miramontez and midfielder Lo’eau Labonta from the now-defunct FC Kansas City.

Utah acquired the rights to the five players via league allocation when Kansas City folded its franchise just days after the Royals joined the league.

Kelly is a native of Kansas City, where the 5-foot-5 dual American/Canadian citizen was drafted by FCKC in the 2015 NWSL college draft. After a year at UMF Stjarnan in Iceland and a brief stay in Finland, Kelly returned to Kansas City in 2016 to score five goals in 22 appearances.

A U.S. youth international, Kelly has appeared in three games for Canada’s senior team, earning one assist.

Ratcliffe was drafted in the 2016 draft by the Boston Breakers but made the move to Kansas City in 2017. She scored once in 22 appearances for the two-time NWSL champions.

Newfield scored 38 goals during a collegiate career that began at Georgia and ended at perennial title contender North Carolina. A 2016 draft pick by Kansas City, she has two goals in her young career.

FC Kansas City midfielder Alexa Newfield warms up prior to a match against Orlando Pride last year. Newfield, along with four FC Kansas City teammates, was acquired by expansion side Utah Royals FC, Thursday, 
Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Bob Brents via Creative Commons)
FC Kansas City midfielder Alexa Newfield warms up prior to a match against Orlando Pride last year. Newfield, along with four FC Kansas City teammates, was acquired by expansion side Utah Royals FC, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Bob Brents via Creative Commons)

Miramontez was signed by FC Kansas City as a tryout player, but the Lenexa, Kansas, native made five appearances as a rookie in 2017. Following the season, she was invited to the U.S. Under-23 national team training camp, the first international experience of her career.

Labonta, who played at Stanford, was drafted by New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC in 2015 but signed with FC Kansas City in 2016. She appeared in 33 games over two seasons, scoring two goals. Currently playing on loan with Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers, Labonta will move back to Utah in mid-February in time for preseason training camp Feb. 19.

The Royals open their inaugural season March 24 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Utah Royals FC 2018 roster

Name Pos. Previous team
Becky Sauerbrunn DF FC Kansas City
Desiree Scott MF FC Kansas City
Taylor Lytle MF Sky Blue FC
Kelley O’Hara FW Sky Blue FC
Gunnhildur Jonsdottir MF Valerenga (Norway)
Diana Matheson MF Seattle Reign
Nicole Barnhart GK FC Kansas City
Taylor Campbell Isom DF BYU
E.J. Proctor GK Duke
Erika Tymrak MF FC Kansas City
Mandy Laddish MF FC Kansas City
Brooke Elby DF Boston Breakers
Katie Stengel FW Boston Breakers
Abby Smith GK Boston Breakers
Amy Rodriguez FW FC Kansas City
Meagan Kelly MF FC Kansas City
Brittany Ratcliffe FW FC Kansas City
Alexa Newfield MF FC Kansas City
Sydney Miramontez DF FC Kansas City
Lo’eau Labonta MF FC Kansas City
*announced to date

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