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OCT 27
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Royals officially introduce Becky Sauerbrunn
The newest NWSL team will play their first game in 2018
Utah Royals FC defender Becky Sauerbrunn (Photo credit: Utah Royals FC)
Utah Royals FC defender Becky Sauerbrunn (Photo credit: Utah Royals FC)

Utah Royals FC officially introduced defender Becky Sauerbrunn as a Royals player on Thursday, the first major player announcement for the NWSL’s newest team.

In a video posted on social media, the Royals shared a look at Sauerbrunn’s visit to Utah and her tour of the facilities.

“I’m incredibly excited to start this new adventure in Utah,” Sauerbrunn said in a story posted on Utah’s website. “To me it’s very clear the ownership wants to provide the team with the best chance to win a championship. Everything is going to be world class and it’s a really exciting thing to be a part of.”

 

After joining the NWSL, the Royals inherited the players from the roster from FC Kansas City, which ceased operations in November. They also hold all of FCKC’s former 2018 draft spots, including the fourth overall pick at the 2018 NWSL Draft on Jan. 18 in Philadelphia.

In November, Utah hired former Seattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey to manage the team, so Sauerbrunn will be playing for the coach she twice beat in the NWSL Championship (2014 and 2015).

“I was really fortunate I got to visit and meet [owner] Dell Loy Hansen, [general manager] Craig Waibel and talk to Laura Harvey. Meeting the staff of the organization really cemented my decision,” Sauerbrunn said.

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