Utah Royals FC have signed midfielder Verónica Boquete, the club announced Friday. Boquete rejoins the NWSL after playing for Portland Thorns FC in 2014.
Boquete joins Utah Royals FC after last playing in China for Beijing BG Phoenix. After departing the Thorns, she also played for Frankfurt, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. She scored four goals and six assists in 15 games with the Thorns in 2014.
“I wanted a new challenge in an ambitious club. There is nothing better than Utah Royals FC and the NWSL,” Boquete said in comments released by Utah Royals FC. “I am happy to be back in the U.S. and I am grateful for the trust of Utah Royals FC. I can’t wait to start the season and fight for our goals. Great club, team, fantastic fans, and a world class coach. I am looking forward to meeting my teammates and to work with Laura.”
“We are really happy to bring Vero to Utah. She is a proven talent that knows what it takes to play in the NWSL,” Utah Royals FC head coach Laura Harvey said in the team’s news release about the signing. “Her commitment to wanting the best is unbelievable and once we started speaking about the possibility of bringing her to the club, that level of professionalism shined through. Vero is a player I have admired for a number of years and I am glad we can finally work together. She is a proven goal-scorer, play-maker, and can play anywhere in the midfield or the frontline.”
Boquete also has international experience, having last played for Spain in 2017. In 2011, she was named Player of the Year of Women’s Professional Soccer while playing for the Philadelphia Independence.
She should help a Utah Royals FC offense that finished with the third-fewest goals in the league last season, and will likely lose several key offensive players to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
— Verónica Boquete (@VeroBoquete) January 4, 2019