FC KANSAS CITY KICKS OFF THE 2016 NWSL PRESEASON
A total of 24 players reported to camp today
KANSAS CITY (March 14, 2016) - FC Kansas City stepped on the field for the first time this year as the team opened up preseason this morning at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in preparation for the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
Coach Vlatko Andonovski’s team will practice all week before visiting their old home at the University of Missouri – Kansas City to face the Kangaroos this Sunday for their first preseason contest at Durwood Stadium.
FC Kansas City’s preseason roster features a total of 12 returning players from the 2015 team, including US Women’s National Team players Becky Sauerbrunn and Heather O’Reilly as well as league-leading goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.
Also in camp, all four 2016 NWSL College Draft picks Katie Bowen, Alex Arlitt, Brianne Reed, and Alexa Newfield are joined by new additions Amanda Frisbie, Brittany Taylor, Tiffany McCarty.
Along with Sauerbrunn and O’Reilly, Canada international Desiree Scott will report to camp this Wednesday.
Forward Amy Rodriguez, who will miss the season due to pregnancy, will not report in Kansas City, while teammate Sydney Leroux, also pregnant, is working on her conditioning with the club during the preseason
The back-to-back champions will also play preseason games against Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Minnesota. For the full preseason schedule, click here.
FC Kansas City Preseason Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart, Katelyn Rowland, Kelsey Brouwer**
DEFENDERS (9): Brittany Taylor, Amanda Frisbie, Katie Bowen, Brianne Reed*, Alex Arlitt*, Molly Menchel**, McKenzie Karas**, Tessa Andujar**, Lauren Silver**, Becky Sauerbrunn (NYR)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Jen Buczkowski, Mandy Laddish, Yael Averbuch, Erika Tymrak, Frances Silva, Kaysie Clark, Jessica Ayers**, Alexa Newfield*, Lo Labonta**, Heather O’Reilly (NYR), Desiree Scott (NYR)
FORWARDS (3): Shea Groom, Caroline Kastor, Tiffany McCarty
*2016 NWSL College Draft picks
NYR (Not yet reported)