Roster news: Utah Royals FC announce more signings; Pride waive Driesse and Fields
Preseason begins on February 19
Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart will be with Utah Royals FC this season. (Photo credit: Amy Kontras/
Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart will be with Utah Royals FC this season. (Photo credit: Amy Kontras/

On Monday afternoon, Utah Royals FC announced that four more FC Kansas City players will be joining the team in Utah for the 2018 season.


Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, defender Katie Bowen, midfielder Becca Moros and defender Alex Arlitt will be on the roster for Utah coach Laura Harvey this year.


“Our aim was always to bring back the core group that know what it takes to be successful in this league,” Harvey said in a statement released by the club on Monday.


Barnhart will be part of a trio of goalkeepers in Utah, joining former Boston Breakers goalkeeper Abby Smith, acquired in last month’s dispersal draft, and 2018 NWSL College Draft pick EJ Proctor.


Also on Monday, Bowen was named to New Zealand’s roster for their March friendlies vs. Scotland.


The Orlando Pride have waived forward Jamia Fields, the club announced Monday.


Fields was selected in the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft and appeared in 28 games over two seasons in Orlando. She played for the Western New York Flash in 2015.


“It’s a sad and difficult decision to release one of our founding players,” Pride coach Tom Sermanni said in a statement from the club.  “I’d like to thank Jamia for her passion and outstanding commitment to the Pride over the past two seasons. She has been a consummate professional throughout her time at the Club. We wish her every success with her career moving forward.”


On Friday, Orlando waived midfielder Nickolette Driesse. Driesse was selected in the third round of the 2017 NWSL College Draft and appeared in four matches for the Pride in her rookie season.


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