Cary, NC (Feb. 18, 2018)- The North Carolina Courage will begin preparation for its second NWSL season on Monday, Feb. 19 when the team officially begins preseason training in Cary, NC. After a highly successful inaugural 2017 season, the Courage will strive to uphold the strong precedent set by the NWSL Shield-winning squad.
Preseason matches will be interspersed throughout the team’s preseason training regimen, kicking off with a match against UNC-Chapel Hill on Sunday, Feb. 25, and concluding with a history-making match at Richmond’s City Stadium against the Washington Spirit on Saturday, March 17.
NC Courage Preseason Game Schedule:
Games are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Sunday, Feb 25: NC Courage vs. UNC-Chapel Hill, 11 a.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park
Thursday, March 1: NC Courage at NC State, 11:30 a.m. at Dail Soccer Stadium
Sunday, March 4: NC Courage vs. Tennessee, time TBA at WakeMed Soccer Park
Sunday, March 11: NC Courage vs. Clemson, 2 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park
Tuesday, March 13: NC Courage vs. Wake Forest, 3 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park
Saturday, March 17: Washington Spirit vs. NC Courage, 7 p.m. at City Stadium, Richmond, Va. Click here for tickets.
NC Courage Preseason Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Sabrina D’Angelo, Katelyn Rowland
Defenders (12): Abby Erceg, Abby Dahlkemper (NYR), Jaelene Hinkle, Merritt Mathias, Julie King (NYR), Allysha Chapman, Carlin Hudson (CDP), Morgan Reid (CDP), Ryan Williams (CDP), Yuri Kawamura (NYR), Alyssa Kleiner (NRI), Kaleigh Kurtz (NRI)
Midfielders (9): Makenzy Doniak, Elizabeth Eddy, Samantha Mewis (NYR), McCall Zerboni, Denise O’Sullivan, Debinha, Meredith Speck, Becca Rasmussen (CDP), Sarah Teegarden (NRI)
Forwards (6): Lynn Williams (NYR), Crystal Dunn (NYR), Jessica McDonald, Darian Jenkins, Kristen Hamilton, Frannie Crouse (CDP)
CDP - 2018 NWSL College Draft pick
NRI - Non-Roster Invitee
NYR - Not Yet Reported to Camp
US Women’s National Team members Williams, Dunn and Dahlkemper will not report to the NC Courage’s first weeks of preseason after being named to the SheBelieves Cup preliminary roster. Mewis was not named to the USWNT roster for the tournament due to a short-term knee injury. Mewis is recovering well, and she plans to continue her rehabilitation in Boston. Additionally, Chapman (Canada), Erceg (New Zealand), O’Sullivan (Ireland) and Debinha (Brazil) will be on international duty for their respective countries in late February- early March. Due to injury, Kawamura and King will report later to preseason.
The NC Courage will open their highly-anticipated sophomore season at home in an NWSL Championship rematch against the Portland Thorns in the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. Tickets to the home opener are on sale now! Call 919-459-8144 or click here to purchase your tickets.
About North Carolina Courage
The North Carolina Courage is a Division I professional women’s soccer team that plays in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). The NC Courage, the reigning NWSL Shield Winner, plays its home games at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. For more information, please visit www.NCCourage.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.