Get to know: Newest URFC players

Get to know Utah Royals FC newest signings, Katie Bowen, Nicole Barnhart, Alex Arlitt, and Becca Moros!

Katie Bowen

  • Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand 
  • Drafted in 2016 by FC Kansas City, where she has since appeared in 34 games, and scored two goals 
  • Has appeared in 37 matches for the New Zealand Women’s national team, registering one goal
  • Played in two of the three matches in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and in all games during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • Youngest player to represent the New Zealand WNT, getting called up to play at the 2007 FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup at 14 years old
  • Played college ball at the University of North Carolina, where she appeared in 66 games, and scored one goal
  • Her dad Dave is originally from England, and her mom Pippa is from New Zealand

Nicole Barnhart

  • Goalkeeper
  • Born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, but was raised in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
  • Appeared in over 108 games since her signing with FC Kansas City in 2013
  • Up until 2017, Barnhart held the NWSL record for most “clean-sheets”, with ten consecutive shut out games in 2013 
  • Barnhart was named the 2013 NWSL goalie of the year, and won the NWSL cup in 2014 and 2015
  • Had over 54 caps with the United States Women’s National team, and was a part of team USA during the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medal wins
  • Played college soccer at the University of Stanford, where she continues to hold the school record for lowest career goals-against average (0.41)
  • Barnhart was a member of the boy’s soccer team at Boyertown High school in Berks Country, Pennsylvania 
  • Also a high school All-American in basketball and lacrosse 


Alex Arlitt

  • Defender
  • Hometown: Houston, TX
  • Played in 11 games during her first NWSL season at FC Kansas City
  • Earned her Master of Accountancy degree in December 2017 
  • Was a senior captain at Louisiana State University 
  • Arlitt scored nine goals and seven assists during her time in Baton Rouge
  • Finished her college career ranked No. 3 in school history for total game appearances 
  • In 2015 was named’s Primetime Performer of the Week and was named to Women’s National Team of the Week
  • Earned a selection to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2011


Becca Moros

  • Midfielder
  • Hometown: New York, NY
  • Has played on multiple NWSL teams including FC Kansas City (2017, 2015), Houston Dash (2016), and Portland Thorns (2014)
  • Played for Western NY Flash and Washington Freedom in the Women’s Professional Soccer league
  • After the WPS folded, Moros spent two years playing for INAC Kobe Leonessa in Japan. Her team was Nadeshiko League champions in 2012 and 2013
  • USWNT U-19 and U-21 experience
  • Was the captain at Duke University
  • All-ACC Selection 2004-2006