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Monday Roundup: NWSL clubs announce opening day rosters

Megan Rapinoe is one of three Seattle Reign players still on the club from 2013. Lauren Barnes and Jess Fishlock are the others (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

Final rosters were due at 4 p.m. EDT on Monday ahead of this weekend’s NWSL openers. Clubs had to reduce their rosters to between 18 and 20 players. Players placed on the 45-day disabled list (including season-ending injuries) or on maternity leave do not count against the roster limit. Additionally, players selected from the Boston Breakers dispersal draft who were either contracted or selected in the 2018 draft do not count against the roster limit.

The biggest surprises of the day came out of Utah and Houston. The Royals will start with Amy Rodriguez on the 45-day disabled list. She last played April 16, 2017 when she tore her ACL in FC Kansas City’s opening match of the season. The Royals also added Rachel Corsie who had been in camp as a Non-Roster Invitee and announced that Brittany Kolmel (nee Taylor) is taking a leave of absence from her soccer career.

The Dash waived Tiffany Weimer, who they acquired in an offseason trade, and former 1st round pick Cari Roccaro. The Dash announced a 19-woman roster that includes three goalkeepers. One of the keepers is Sammy Jo Prudhomme who is part of the Breakers exemption. Houston area reporter Corey Roepken has said the Dash may still make additional signings before the weekend.

Christen Press elected not to report to the Dash and does not count against the club’s roster limit.

In Washington, sibling dreams were put on hold when Elizabeth Wenger and Maddie Huster failed to make the team. Wenger’s brother plays for the Houston Dynamo and they would be the first sibling combination to play matches in NWSL and Major League Soccer. Huster’s sister Tori is the last remaining Spirit player from the club’s inaugural roster.

Below are rosters for all nine NWSL clubs. Players on the disabled list or maternity leave are listed below the active roster.

Chicago Red Stars

*-The Red Stars have made just one change, saying goodbye to Non-Roster Invitee midfielder Corinne Harris.

Goalkeepers (2): Emily BoydAlyssa Naeher
Defenders (6): Taylor Comeau, Arin Gilliland, Sarah Gorden, Samantha Johnson, Katie Naughton, Casey Short
Midfielders (8): Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo, Julie Ertz, Lauren Kaskie, Alyssa Mautz, Nikki Stanton, Michele Vasconcelos, Rosie White
Forwards (5): Summer Green, Sofia Huerta, Sam Kerr, Stephanie McCaffrey, Yuki Nagasato

Houston Dash

Goalkeepers (3): Jane Campbell, Bianca Henninger, Sammy Jo Prudhomme
Defenders (5): Lindsay Agnew, Amber Brooks, Rachel Daly, Lotta Okvist, Janine Van Wyke
Midfielders (6): Claire Falknor, Michaela Hahn, Kristie Mewis, Linda Mothalo, Meleana Shim, Allison Wetherington
Forwards (5): Savannah Jordan, Thembi Kgatlana, Kealia Ohai, Nichelle Prince (NYR), Kyah Simon

North Carolina Courage

Goalkeepers (2): Sabrina D’Angelo, Katelyn Rowland
Defenders (7): Allysha Chapman, Abby Dahlkemper (NYR), Abby Erceg, Jaelene Hinkle, Julie King, Kaleigh Kurtz, Merritt Mathias
Midfielders (6): Debinha, Elizabeth Eddy, Samantha Mewis, Denise O’Sullivan, Meredith Speck, McCall Zerboni
Forwards (6): Frannie Crouse, Crystal Dunn, Kristen Hamilton, Darian Jenkins, Jessica McDonald, Lynn Williams

45-Day Disabled List:  Yuri Kawamura
Season Ending Injury
:  Makenzy Doniak

Orlando Pride

Goalkeepers (2): Ashlyn Harris, Haley Kopmeyer
Defenders (6): Ali Krieger, Monica, Carson Pickett, Poliana, Toni Pressley, Shelina Zadorsky
Midfielders (5): Kristen Edmonds, Alanna Kennedy, Christine Nairn, Emily van Egmond, Dani Weatherholt
Forwards (6): Danica Evans, Rachel Hill, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Marta, Chioma Ubogagu

45-Day Disabled List:  Camila

Portland Thorns FC

Goalkeepers (2): Britt Eckerstrom, Adrianna Franch
Defenders (7): Elizabeth Ball, Ellie Carpenter (NYR), Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Menges, Midge Purce, Katherine Reynolds, Emily Sonnett (NYR)
Midfielders (5): Andressinha, Celeste Bourielle, Tobin Heath, Lindsay Horan, Angela Salem
Forwards (7): Caitlin Foord, Tyler Lussi, Meg Morris, Ifeoma Onumonu, Hayley Raso, Christine Sinclair, Mallory Weber

Seattle Reign FC

Goalkeepers (2): Michelle Betos Lydia Williams (NYR)
Defenders (8): Yael Averbuch, Lauren Barnes, Maddie Bauer Steph Catley (NYR), Kristen McNabb, Theresa Nielsen, Megan Oyster, Christen Westphal
Midfielders (5): Elizabeth Addo (NRI), Morgan Andrews, Jessica Fishlock (NYR), Allie Long (NYR), Rumi Utsugi
Forwards (6): Kiersten Dallstream, Nahomi Kawasumi, Megan Rapinoe, Jasmyne Spencer, Jodie Taylor, Beverly Yanez

Sky Blue FC

Goalkeepers (2): Caroline Casey, Kailen Sheridan
Defenders (7): Mandy Freeman, Amanda Frisbie, Christina Gibbons, Kayla Mills, Amandine Pierre-Louis, Domi Richardson, Erica Skroski, Rebekah Stott
Midfielders (6): Daphne Corboz, Sarah Killion, Carli Lloyd, Raquel Rodriguez, , Thaisa Madison Tiernan
Forwards (8): Michaela Abam, Janine Beckie, Shea Groom, Jen Hoy, Katie Johnson, Adriana Leon, Savannah McCaskill, McKenzie Meehan

45-day Disabled List:  Erin Simon

Utah Royals FC

Goalkeepers (2): Nicole Barnhart, Abby Smith
Defenders (6): Rachel Corsie, Brooke Elby, Sydney Miramontez, Becca Moros, Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn
Midfielders (10): Katrina Gorry, Gunnhildur Jonsdottir, Maegan Kelly, Lo’eau LaBonta, Mandy Laddish, Taylor Lytle, Diana Matheson, Alexa Newfield, Desiree Scott (NYR), Erika Tymrak
Forwards (4): Katie Bowen, Brittany Ratcliffe, Katie Stengel, Elise Thorsnes

45-Day Disabled List:  Alex Arlitt, Amy Rodriguez

Washington Spirit

Goalkeepers (3): Aubrey Bledsoe, DiDi Haracic, Kelsey Wys
Defenders (5): Whitney Church, Caprice Dydasco, Estelle Johnson, Rebecca Quinn (NYR), Taylor Smith
Midfielders (9): Yanara Aedo, Estafania Banini, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Tori Huster, Rose Lavelle, Joanna Lohman, Morgan Proffitt, Havana Solaun, Andi Sullivan
Forwards (4): Cali Farquharson, Ashley Hatch, Francisca Ordega, Mallory Pugh

45-Day Disabled List:  Arielle Shipp
Maternity:  Cheyna Matthews


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