Cary, NC (March 4, 2019) – The North Carolina Courage began preseason training today in preparation for their defense of the 2018 NWSL Championship and have announced their preseason roster.
The team is bringing back the core of the team that captured a historic treble last season, including fan favorites Jessica McDonald, McCall Zerboni and Heather O’Reilly as well as newcomers Stephanie Labbé and Ally Haran and 2019 draftees Leah Pruitt, Hailey Harbison, Lauren Milliet and Kaycie Tillman.
While several players will report next week when they return from their respective national team duties, the roster includes several non-roster invitees, who will help shape the team that fans will see come April 13, when they host Chicago in the 2019 season opener.
The Courage will play six preseason matches in preparation for the season, highlighted by the showdown against Orlando Pride on Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m., part of a historic doubleheader where NCFC will face Mexican powerhouse Necaxa at 4 p.m. A full preseason schedule can be found here.
2019 North Carolina Courage Preseason Roster
Goalkeepers (5): Kelsey Daughtery (NRI), Adelaide Gay (NRI), Stephanie Labbé, Sam Leshnak (NRI), Katelyn Rowland
Defenders (10): Abby Dahlkemper (NYR), Abby Erceg (NYR), Ally Haran, Hailey Harbison (CDP), Jaelene Hinkle, Shannon Horgan (NRI), Julie King*, Kaleigh Kurtz, Merritt Mathias*, Morgan Reid*
Midfielders (18): Debinha (NYR), Nickolette Driesse (NRI), Elizabeth Eddy, Meagan Harbison (NRI), Samantha Mewis (NYR), Gianna Milaro (NRI), Lauren Milliet (CDP), Heather O’Reilly, Denise O’Sullivan (NYR), Peyton Perea (NRI), Cari Roccaro, Meredith Speck, Julia Spetsmark, Kaycie Tillman (CDP), Charlotte Williams (NRI), Ryan Williams*, Taryn Wright (NRI), McCall Zerboni (NYR)
Forwards (5): Crystal Dunn (NYR), Kristen Hamilton, Jessica McDonald (NYR), Leah Pruitt (CDP), Lynn Williams
CDP - 2019 NWSL College Draft pick
NRI - Non-Roster Invitee
NYR - Not Yet Reported to Camp
*- Contract Offer Extended
Season tickets for the NC Courage’s 2019 season are on sale now and feature many great packages and benefits – including free General Admission Parking, the brand-new Auto-Renewal Program and traditional benefits such as exclusive meet the team opportunities. Click here to learn more about season tickets or call the Coastal Credit Union Box Office at 919-459-8144 to speak with a ticket representative.