NWSL teams announced their preseason rosters on Monday. Here are a few key notes from around the league:
The Houston Dash have offered forward Mana Shim a contract, the team announced on Monday in their roster news release.
Shim played for the Thorns from 2013-2017 before parting ways with the Portland last summer. She then played for Växjö DFF in Sweden.
In 74 career appearances with the Thorns, Shim scored nine goals and nine assists.
The club also announced that they had offered a contract to Australian forward Kyah Simon, whose rights they selected in the dispersal draft. Simon injured her hamstring in the W-League Grand Final on Sunday in Australia.
Bitter sweet victory on Sunday. Unfortunately, I have sustained a hamstring injury ruling me out for this year’s Algarve Cup with @TheMatildas.
I wish the girls the best of luck, I know they’ll do us proud! I’ll be aiming to meet the squad in Perth next month #RehabMode #Again https://t.co/71HVZUq8Ak
— Kyah Simon (@KyahSimon) February 19, 2018
Also of note on the Dash roster: Rachel Daly is officially listed as a defender. Daly was called into an England national team camp this offseason as a defender, and has played at right back in the past for the Dash. (Corey Roepken of the Houston Chronicle spoke with Daly about the move on Monday.)
The Reign have added Georgetown midfielder Rachel Corboz has a non-roster invitee. Corboz was considered a highly-rated prospect at the 2018 NWSL College Draft, but was not selected (despite having declared for the draft). Seattle added her as a Discovery Player earlier this month.
Former Thorns defender Kendall Johnson is in camp with Utah Royals FC as a non-roster invitee. Johnson, originally drafted by Sky Blue FC in 2013, appeared in four games for Portland last season.
Other non-roster invitees around the league include: former Pride midfielder Jordan O’Brien in camp with Utah; former Wake Forest midfielder Sarah Teegarden in camp with North Carolina; and former Boston Breakers midfielder Stephanie Verdoia in camp with Seattle.