SANDY — Exactly how many players who appeared last season for FC Kansas City will make the move to the Beehive State as the franchise has become Utah Royals FC remains to be seen, but the Royals have secured another key commitment from that team.
Canadian midfielder Desiree Scott has agreed to join the Royals, bringing with her a great deal of NWSL, international club and national team experience.
“Desiree is a proven talent in the league,” Utah head coach Laura Harvey said in a statement. “She is the glue to any team she plays for.”
In addition to having played for FC Kansas City in 2013 and then again from 2016-2017, Scott also suited up for Notts County of England’s F.A. Women’s Soccer League from 2014-2015.
Internationally, the 5-foot-2 Scott, who is nicknamed “The Destroyer,” helped Canada claim the bronze medal at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She totals 129 caps for Canada.
“I am very excited about the new adventure ahead with the Utah Royals,” Scott said in the announcement. “I feel very fortunate to be part of a club that wants to do amazing things, not only in the NWSL but for the women’s game.”
Scott joins Becky Sauerbrunn as players who have committed to play for the Royals after appearing for Kansas City last season. Utah also acquired Kelley O’Hara and Taylor Lytle from Sky Blue FC and signed Gunny Jonsdottir of Iceland.
The NWSL draft will be held Thursday. The Royals don’t currently have a first-round pick, as they traded theirs (fourth overall) to Sky Blue FC as part of the deal to acquire O’Hara and Lytle.
Utah will first pick at No. 14. It acquired the 25th pick in the trade with Sky Blue FC.