Notebook: Schmidt joins the Dash, NWSL re-signings, Utah’s new kit and more
The latest news from around the NWSL
Sophie Schmidt and Canada have qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France this summer. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/
Sophie Schmidt and Canada have qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France this summer. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/

The Houston Dash have signed Canadian midfielder Sophie Schmidt, the club announced Tuesday. Schmidt was acquired through the NWSL Discovery Process.

Schmidt spent the last three years in Germany playing for FFC Frankfurt, scoring six goals in 52 appearances. Before that, she spent two seasons with Sky Blue FC. She scored eight goals in 41 appearances during her time in the NWSL. Schmidt has 180 caps for the Canada, with 18 goals and 20 assists.

“Sophie is another player with extensive international experience in Europe and with the Canadian women’s national team,” Dash head coach James Clarkson said in a press release issue by the club. “Her experience and ability with the ball will have a major impact on the team.”  

Defender Tierna Davidson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars, has officially signed a contract with the club, the Red Stars announced Monday.

On Friday, the North Carolina Courage announced the re-signings of four players: Julie King, Merritt Mathias, Morgan Reid and Ryan Williams.

Mathias joined the team in a trade with Reign FC prior to the 2018 season. King was acquired in the 2018 Dispersal Draft, but did not play last year due to ankle surgery. Williams and Reid were both selected by the Courage in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, and made their first professional appearances in the International Champions Cup last summer.

Sky Blue FC has re-signed forward McKenzie Meehan, the club announced Friday.  It will be her third year with the team after being drafted by Sky Blue in the 2017 NWSL College Draft.

“I am excited and grateful to be joining Sky Blue for a third season,” Meehan said in a team press release. “I’m looking forward to preparing with my teammates for a great season ahead!”

Yael Averbuch will serve as Executive Director of the National Women’s Soccer League Players Association, the NWSLPA announced last week.

Averbuch previously served as NWSL President since its launch. Earlier this month, Averbuch announced that she had suspended her professional career due to illness.

In a statement, the NWSLPA said that Averbuch “will direct the NWSLPA when it comes to adding value to the player experience and representing the voice and interests of the players in conversations with the League.”

Utah Royals FC unveiled their new secondary kit on Saturday, ahead of their second season in the NWSL.


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