Hello It’s Me
After spending over a year watching from the sidelines, FW Makenzy Doniak has made her way back onto the pitch. Last weekend against the Houston Dash, Doniak saw her first minutes since tearing her anterior cruciate ligament and her first minutes in a Utah Royals FC jersey. Prior to making her way to the Crossroads of the West, Doniak spent the 2017 season with the North Carolina Courage, while there she appeared in 23 matches and recorded three assists. This weekend's journey east to face the Courage will be Doniak’s first opportunity to face her former club.
There's a Fire Starting in Her Heart
In soccer statistics rarely scream out the names of the athletes who defend their club on the backline, but this season Royals FC DF Rachel Corsie has written her name into the record book. Through four games Corsie leads the league with the highest passing accuracy (87.79%) of field players. In addition, she holds the second highest successful passes (266) and the third-most total passes (303).
It Was Just Like a Movie
Veteran DF Becca Moros has been working her way back to the field after an injury that saw her miss the first four matches of the season. If she plays this weekend against North Carolina Courage she will earn her 97th National Women’s Soccer League career appearance, putting her just three matches away from reaching her 100th appearance milestone, a feat that only three other URFC have accomplished, including GK Nicole Barnhart, DF Becky Sauerbrunn and FW Erika Tymrak. Moros has been in the league since 2014 when she joined Portland Thorns FC, since then she has not missed a single season in the NWSL.
I Hate to Turn Up Out of the Blue
This past Monday Head Coach Laura Harvey added FW Mallory Weber to the roster off the NWSL Waiver Wire. Weber previously spent three season with Portland Thorns FC after being selected 14th overall in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. In the past three years the forward has made 44 appearances and scored on goal. In addition, MF Taylor Lytle has been placed on the season ending injury list.
Rumor Has It
Utah Royals FC enter the match with a 1-0-2 record with the North Carolina Courage. Last season Royals FC were the only team in the league to defeat the Courage and the only to to not suffer defeat at the hands of North Carolina. However, through three games URFC only scored three goals against the Courage with one goal coming from FW Katie Stengel and the other two from FW Brittany Ratcliffe.