As we reported a few days ago, FC Kansas City made Australian midfielder Katrina Gorry their first international signing. Gorry will join FC Kansas City in early June, after playing in World Cup Qualifying for the Australian National Team in the Asian Cup. She will be added to the roster pending the receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per team and league policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"I'm very excited about my signing with FC Kansas City," said Gorry via press release. "It will be an amazing experience mixing with and playing alongside some of the best players in the world. I've heard so many good things about the club and players so I'm really looking forward to getting over there."
Gorry (21) is known for her ability to control possession and her playmaking skills. She comes off of a successful season playing for the Brisbane Roar, helping them to the W-League Final.
Katrina made her debut with the Australian National team in July of 2012 and has become an increasingly important part of the Matildas squad appearing 11 times with three goals.
The speedy midfielder is on the small side, her nickname on the Matildas is "Mini". Gorry even goes by Miinii10 on twitter.
"When we asked our players who they want on the team, Katrina's name came up several times," remarked Technical Director Huw Williams via press release. "That speaks volumes for her and, frankly, confirmed our thoughts that she could be a great fit for our team."
What does this mean for the Blues?
With the signing of Gorry and at least one other probable signing, it will be increasingly difficult for draft picks to make the team and current roster players to keep their spots but it does improve the Blues overall.
Gorry can probably fit in several spots but if she is as creative and speedy as she looks, expect to see her to one side of NWSL MVP Lauren Holiday helping the Blues create width and penetration.