Royals players go international for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

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SALT LAKE CITY — The FIFA Women’s World Cup is back, and 24 teams from around the world are headed to France to compete in the 2019 tournament.

Fans in Utah can get excited as six members of the Royals FC will be competing with four different teams from around the world in the upcoming weeks.

Representatives on team USA include Kelley O’Hara, Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn, all of who have played on the team at least twice before.

In addition to the three players representing the United States, there will be three players going international to their home countries to play, including Desiree Scott of Canada, Katie Bowen of New Zealand and Rachel Corsie who will be playing for Scotland.

Scott is a Winnipeg, Manitoba, native who will be representing Canada at the Women’s World Cup as a midfielder. A member of the Royals roster since 2017, Scott previously played with FC Kansas City between 2016 and 2017.

As a part of the Canadian team, Scott has played in the World Cup in two different years (2011, 2015). She has appeared in games with Canada’s national team 129 times in nine seasons between 2010 and 2018.

Scott also represented her home country twice as an Olympian, bringing home the bronze medal both in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.

In Canada, Scott was the 21st player to appear 75 times for the national team, a number that she achieved during the 2014 season. With the Royals in 2018, Scott started in 20 of her 21 appearances and totaled 1,810 minutes on the season.

Bowen is a member of the New Zealand national team for the World Cup. She has been on roster with the Royals since 2018 as a midfielder. Her history with New Zealand includes two prior trips to the World Cup in 2011 and 2015 as well as an appearance in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Bowen has appeared in five of six World Cup games for New Zealand, totaling two in 2011 in Germany and three in 2015 in Canada.

In her first season with the Royals, she started in 16 of her 19 games and had one assist. Prior to coming to Salt Lake, Bowen was on FC Kansas City for one year where she recorded three shots on goal and one assist.

Corsie will be representing Scotland in the World Cup competition. A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, Corsie has been playing in the United States since 2018. This will be her first time playing in the World Cup and is doing so as the captain of the team.

Corsie is a defender who played in 24 games last year. She had one assist and had the NWSL Save of the Week in weeks 16 and 17. She was named the Co-Defender of the Year at the end of the season.

Before she joined the Royals, Corsie played for two years with the Seattle Reign FC and scored three goals in 44 games with the team. She was a part of the team that won the 2015 NWSL shield.

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