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‘We’re in this game to win’: Craig Harrington on Utah’s competing goals

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In every sense of the word, it’s been an offseason of change for Utah Royals FC.

Laura Harvey left her role as head coach in January. Forwards Katie Stengel and Makenzy Doniak were traded away. Erika Tymrak, Mandy Laddish, Becca Moros, and Sydney Miramontez all retired.

In February, Utah hired Craig Harrington to become its next head coach, but shortly thereafter another big change came: Becky Sauerbrunn would be leaving the club in a trade with the Portland Thorns.

For Harrington, it means rebuilding some key pieces for the 2020 season, training session by training session, game by game. That said, there’s still a balanced needed to be competitive this year while also preparing for the future.

“For everyone to say winning isn’t important, it’s a lie,” Harrington told The Equalizer. “It is. It’s why we’re in a professional sport. It’s what we do and it’s what I expect from our team and for our fans and for our players. We’re not going to let any season just pass us by, but we [also] have to prepare for the future.”

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