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Kansas City NWSL signs three more players

KC NWSL welcomes a trio of new players. The roster now stands at 26 players, increasing from the 22 announced Friday.

SOCCER: AUG 20 NWSL - FC Kansas City at Chicago Red Stars Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After inheriting all player rights from the Utah team that ceased operations, the new Kansas City NWSL team continues to make roster moves ahead of the 2021 NWSL season. Yesterday, the team announced the signing of Argentine soccer player Mariana Larroquette, becoming the first international signing for the club.

Today, KC NWSL announced three additional signings: Kansas City-area natives Sydney Miramontez from Lenexa, KS. and forward Jaycie Johnson from Lee’s Summit, Mo to one-year contracts and goalkeeper Carly Nelson to a two-year contract.

Miramontez began her NWSL career with FC Kansas City in 2017 and spent two seasons with Utah Royals FC before retiring earlier this year. Jaycie Johnson was drafted by the North Carolina Courage, but she suffered a knee injury and missed the entire 2017 season. Johnson then joined Seattle-based Reign FC in 2018 until 2019. The club declined to pick up her option after the 2020 season. Her NWSL career has been interrupted by injuries, making only 4 appearances with the Reign. Both Miramontez and Johnson are graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, making over 70 appearances for the women’s soccer team. Johnson scored 42 goals from her forward position.

Nelson is a former Utah Ute player, selected as a United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region goalkeeper where she led the Pac-12 conference with 10 shutouts and 101 saves. She captured 23 shutouts in her career as a Ute, ranking her third in the university’s history.

The roster now stands at 26 players, increasing from the 22 announced Friday.