Cary, NC (March 5, 2018)- The North Carolina Courage announced today its updated preseason roster heading into its third week of preseason training to prepare for the 2018 NWSL Season.
After shutout wins over UNC, NC State and Tennessee, the Courage's roster continues to develop as the team looks towards its final three preseason tests which concludes in Richmond, Va. against the Washington Spirit on Saturday, March 17.
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 (12): Makenzy Doniak, Elizabeth Eddy, Samantha Mewis (NYR), McCall Zerboni, Denise O’Sullivan, Debinha, Meredith Speck, Becca Rasmussen (CDP), Sarah Teegarden (NRI), Katie Wierenga (NRI), Kendall Fishclein (NRI), Teryn Weight (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 report to preseason training after Wednesday's final SheBelieves Cup match. Mewis was not with the USWNT during 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 returning from international duty this week.
Due to injury, Kawamura and King will report later to preseason. Doniak will have surgery on a torn ACL in her left knee, an injury she suffered in the first week of preseason. Doniak will spend the 2018 season rehabbing with the team.
The NC Courage returns to preseason action on Sunday, March 11 as they take on Clemson at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Full 2018 Preseason Schedule:
Sunday, Feb 25: NC Courage vs. UNC (FINAL: NC Courage 2-0 UNC)
Thursday, March 1: NC Courage at NC State (FINAL: NC Courage 4-0 NC State)
Sunday, March 4: NC Courage vs. Tennessee (FINAL: NC Courage 2-0 Tennessee)
Sunday, March 11: NC Courage vs. Clemson, 3:30 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.
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.