Racing Louisville 2022 Roster Tracker

It’s a new year and the next NWSL season is coming in fast. New seasons always come with inevitable roster changes and Racing Louisville certainly saw some major shakeups. By the end of December, Racing had turned over 40% of its 2021 roster via trades, waivers, and other means. Before the month was through, they also acquired a large number of players via drafts and trades.

Below is an in-depth look at Racing’s roster for 2022 that will be updated as changes are made throughout the preseason. Currently, there are seven sections:

  1. Current Roster which features information on each player currently signed to the roster, including contract terms
  2. Attending Preseason which includes players who have been drafted or otherwise acquired by Racing but do not have contracts yet and are still expected for preseason;
  3. Removed from Roster which tracks players who have either not been signed or have been removed from the active roster because they will not play for the remainder of 2022 due to injury or other issue;
  4. Departures which features players who played in the inaugural 2021 season but have since departed from Racing Lousiville;
  5. Rights Held/Traded which includes players whose rights are currently held by Racing Louisville but who have no known plans to play for the club or players whose rights were traded by Racing without having played in Louisville;
  6. 2023 Draft Picks which tracks Racing’s current draft status in the 2023 draft(s);
  7. Updates which tracks all changes made to this page.

As mentioned above, this is a living document, so players will shift around and information on contracts will be updated as it is released. Eventually, the Expected for Preseason section should shrink as players are inevitably moved into the other categories. A running tab of each update will be kept either on a linked page or in a bulleted list at the bottom of this article.

Special thanks to Racing Louisville’s front office for assisting with the information gathering in this article.


Current Roster

Players are listed alphabetically by last name.

Current total: 26

Defenders: 8

Midfielders: 7

Forwards: 8

Goalkeepers: 3

International Slots Used: 6

International Slots Open: 1

  • Extra slot granted to all teams starting in 2023
  • Nagasato vacates one
  • One slot included as part of Nagasato trade in 2022, 2023

Removed from roster*: 2

*This list is for players who did not get signed after preseason or who remain under contract but will not be playing for the duration of the 2022 season. Players who remain under contract, like Cheyna Matthews, will still get paid and receive all benefits, but they will not be able to be placed on the active roster all season.

 

Hillary Beall (GK)

Shirt Number: 18

College Team: University of Michigan (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: February 2021 / 2022 Non-rostered invitee

Contract Terms: One-year contract, signed through 2022, with the option for an additional year

Bio: Beall may hail from sunny southern California, but she spent her college years at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, she totaled 285 saves and had a 0.797 save percentage. In addition to being a standout in college, Beall also participated in the 2018 U-20 World Cup in France with Emily Fox, Savannah DeMelo, and Jaelin Howell.

2021: In her fifth season in 2021, Beall captained Michigan to the NCAA tournament’s quarterfinals before losing to Howell’s Florida State in overtime. Outside of college, Beall was named 2021 All-United Women’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year after helping SC Blue Heat to a UWS National Championship in the national pro-am league. Like Jordyn Bloomer, Beall attended Racing’s off-season goalkeeping camp where she clearly impressed the coaching staff. Beall is also the first NRI signed by Racing in 2022.

Click here to check out a recent Beautiful Game Network interview with Beall about her rookie experience during the preseason with Racing.

 

Jordyn Bloomer (GK)

Shirt Number: 24

College Team: University of Wisconsin (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: February 2021 / 2022 College Draft

Contract Terms: One-year contract, signed through 2022, with the option for an additional year

Bio: Bloomer is a Wisconsin native who went on to be a standout goalkeeper for her home state team, the University of Wisconsin. She registered a 0.65 goals-against average 0.823 save percentage during her five-year career as a Badger. During her breakout 2019 season, she was named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and a First Team All-American.

2021: Bloomer was one of only two players on the Wisconsin roster to play every minute of every game in 2021. This year alone she made 45 save and led all Big Ten goalkeepers in shoutouts with seven. These accomplishments led to her being named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year for the second straight season. In December, Bloomer attended Racing’s off-season goalkeeper clinic where she impressed the coaching staff enough to get drafted 26th overall in the 2022 College Draft.

Click here to check out a recent Beautiful Game Network interview with Bloomer about her rookie experience during the preseason with Racing.

 

Gemma Bonner (D)

Shirt Number: 4

Previous Team: Manchester City (FAWSL)

Nationality: ENG (Uses international slot)

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: April 2021

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2022, with the option for an additional year

Bio: Bonner is a veteran center back who brings over a decade of professional experience in England’s FAWSL to Racing Louisville. In 2013 and 2014, Bonner captained Liverpool to back-to-back FAWSL championships and was the youngest captain to ever do so. She has been capped by the English senior national team 11 times since 2013 including a call-up as recently as 2019.

2021 Recap: In her first season with Racing, Bonner was the cool, collected presence on the backline that Racing desperately needed. Her leadership was critical in directing play and organizing the young defenders around her. She won 70% of her tackles and 60% of her duels in her 13 games with Racing last season. She also came second in the team for clearances with 66 despite only playing in 13 matches/1,156 minutes due to injury and a late arrival in the season. In comparison, team leader Kayleigh Riehl had 79 clearances in 21 games/1,684 minutes. Bonner also earned 22 blocks and 20 interceptions. As one of the veterans on the team with captaincy experience, it’s possible Bonner could be a strong candidate to replace Betos as captain in 2022.

 

Alex Chidiac (MF)

Shirt Number: 27

Previous Team: Melbourne Victory (A-League, Australia)

Nationality: AUS (Uses international slot)

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: April 2022 

Contract terms: One-year contract, signed through 2022, with the option for an additional year

Bio: Chidiac, a central midfielder, started playing professionally in 2014 at the age of 15 with Adelaide United. Since then, the Australian native has played around in Japan, Spain, as well as around Australia. While in Spain, she played for powerhouse Atletico Madrid where she scored three goals in 22 appearances. She also helped Madrid reach the Champions League round of 16.

2021 Recap: Last month, Chidiac helped the Melbourne Victory win their second consecutive A-League Championship. Chidiac totaled 1 goal and 2 assists in 14 starts for Melbourne Victory, which finished fourth in the league’s regular-season standings before winning the playoffs. She was awarded the club’s Victory Medal, which goes to the Victory player of the year, and was also voted by her teammates as the player of the year. She received her first call-up to the Australian national team in 2015 at only 16 and made her first appearance for the senior team in February of that year. She has since made 17 appearances for the first team and has been called into the April 2022 camp.

 

 

Kirsten Davis (F)

Shirt Number: 22

Previous Team: Texas Tech (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: December 2021 / 2021 College Draft (Played an additional year of NCAA eligibility in 2021)

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2023, with the option for an additional year

Bio: Davis is a native of St. Louis who has played for the last five years at Texas Tech University. Despite being drafted by Racing 13th overall in the 2021 College Draft, Davis chose to play an additional year of NCAA eligibility that was granted to all players after a pandemic-altered 2020 season. She has also represented the United States in the youth system at the U18, U19, and U20 levels. Despite never playing a minute as a professional, the young forward was considered valuable enough to protect in the 2022 Expansion Draft. She leaves Texas Tech ranked second in all-time points (112), goals (45), and game-winners (16).

2021 Recap: This fall, Davis was announced as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year after earning 14 goals and 6 assists in 19 appearances. Davis’s 4.0 GPA also led her to Big 12 Soccer Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.

Click here to check out a recent Beautiful Game Network interview with Davis about her rookie experience during the preseason with Racing.

 

 

Savannah DeMelo (MF)

Shirt Number: 7

Previous Team: University of Southern California (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: February 2022 / 2022 College Draft

Contract Terms: Two-year contract through 2023

Bio: DeMelo was a standout midfielder at the University of Southern California. In 2018, she was third on USC in points with 9 goals and 10 assists and was named to the All-PAC-12 First Team. Unfortunately, a serious Achilles injury kept her out of the entire 2019 season, but she came back solidly enough to be selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2022 Draft. DeMelo also has a long history of playing in the U.S. youth system including appearing in the 2016 and 2018 U20 World Cups with future teammates Emily Fox and Jaelin Howell. One of her greatest strengths is her versatility. She can play across the entire midfield even if she prefers the 10 position. Between the signings of DeMelo and Howell and the ability to play Olofsson in a natural position, Racing’s midfield will look entirely new in 2022.

2021 Recap: In 2021, DeMelo was able to come back from injury and start in all of the Trojan’s matches. She had four goals and seven assists on the year and was named to the All-PAC-12 Second Team in 2021.

Click here to check out a recent Butchertown Rundown podcast interview with Bloomer about her rookie experience during the preseason with Racing.

 

Emina Ekic (F)

Shirt Number: 13

Previous Team: University of Louisville (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: January 2021 / 2021 College Draft

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2022, with the option for an additional year

Bio: Ekic is the lone player on the roster to hail from Louisville and the only player from the University of Louisville to ever be drafted into the NWSL. She was picked 5th overall in the 2021 College Draft where she called the chance to play at home a “dream come true”. After overcoming two ACL tears in high school and college respectively, Ekic went on to tally the fourth-most goals in UofL program history with 29 and second-most assists with 19. In 2020, she was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Ekic has represented the United States in the youth program.

2021 Recap: Ekic made her professional debut in the 2021 Challenge Cup where she immediately attracted attention based on her footwork and willingness to go one-on-one against superstars such as Marta. She earned the moniker ‘Hometown Hero’ after leading Racing to their first-ever win against the Washington Spirit in May. Ekic not only scored the game-winner – and Racing’s first regular season goal in team history – but also notched an assist to Cece Kizer to ensure the win. She also earned NWSL Player of the Week accolades for her heroics. Ekic played in 15 games in 2021 with three starts.

 

Emily Fox (D)

Shirt Number: 11

Previous Team: University of North Carolina (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: January 2021 / 2021 College Draft

Contract terms: Three-year contract, signed through 2023

Bio: Fox was the first overall pick of the 2021 College Draft. Although she typically plays as a left back, she is incredibly versatile and can play on either side of the field and also as a midfielder. The Ashburn, Virginia native was a standout at the University of North Carolina and earned three straight All-ACC First Team Honors. Fox has long been considered a future mainstay of the United States National Women’s Team. After representing the U.S. in the U20 World Cup in 2016 and 2018, she earned her first cap with the senior national team in 2018 while only a junior. She has since earned 8 caps with the full team. Fox was also a Mac Hermann Trophy semi-finalist as a junior in 2019 and led UNC in assists that year with 11. These stats are even more impressive considering she suffered from not just one, but two ACL tears during her college career (2017 and 2019).

2021 Recap: Fox had a seamless transition from college player to pro in 2021. She played more minutes than any other NWSL rookie and made 23 appearances and 22 starts. She also led the entire league in interceptions with 115. During the Challenge Cup, Fox earned the team’s first-ever assist off Kizer’s opening goal against Orlando. In the month of May, she played well enough to be placed on the NWSL Team of the month. Fox stood out all season thanks to her ability to contribute as much in the attack as in the defense. Her speed allowed her to beat attackers and defenders alike and she’d seemingly pop up to make key players all over the pitch regardless of what position she was playing. Widely considered to be Racing’s best player in 2021, Fox was nominated for NWSL Rookie of the Year and came in second. In 2021 she was also called back onto the senior national team and earned Player of the Match accolades after an outstanding performance against Australia in November.

Click here to check out a recent Beautiful Game Network interview with Emily Fox to hear more about her first season with Racing and her experiences with the U.S. national team. 

 

Parker Goins (F)

Shirt Number: 21

Previous Team: University of Arkansas (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: March 2022 / 2021 College Expansion Draft

Contract Terms: One-year contract, signed through 2022, with the option for an additional year

Bio: Goins was only the third player in Arkansas history to become a United Soccer Coaches All-American. She was also named to the First Team All-SEC in 2019, 2020, and 2021. During her five years as a Razorback, she scored an impressive 40 goals and 38 assists in 96 appearances. Upon signing Goins, coach Kim Björkegren said, “Parker has taken steps in the right direction every week she has been with us” regarding her time with Racing during the preseason.

2021 Recap: Drafted in 2021, Goins chose to exercise her option for an additional year of NCAA eligibility. In her senior year, she led the team with 11 goals and also earned 14 assists. These numbers put her in second place in the SEC for 2021 in assists and in fourth place in her division in goals. She was on the MAC Hermann Award Watch List for 2021 and was also named SEC Midfielder of the Year.

 

Sh’Nia Gordon (F)

Shirt Number: 23

Previous Team: CSKA Moscow

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: March 2022 

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2023

Bio: Gordon is a native Floridian who was a standout at West Virginia University. She earned 25 goals and 15 assists at WVU and made a program-record 95 starts in as many matches over her collegiate career. In 2016 she was named to the All-College Cup Tournament Team after WVU’s national title run. In 2018, her senior year, she All-Big 12 honors. After graduating, Gordon traveled to France where she played for first-division teams FC Metz, where she scored three goals, and Dijon FCO, where she scored seven goals and earned four assists. Gordon has been described as a fast and crafty winger by previous coaches and will do a lot to round out Racing’s forward corps.

2021 Recap: Most recently, Gordon played for CSKA Moscow in Russia. She returns to the states after FIFA ruled that foreign players and coaches on contracts with Russian clubs may void their deals in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine. Although she only spent seven months with Moscow, she made two appearances in Champions League qualifiers – including a loss to current Racing coach Kim Björkegren’s Apollon Ladies. Gordon says that while she wanted to spend a few years playing overseas her dream was always to return to play in the United States and calls the chance to be brought onto Racing “perfect timing.”

 

Rebecca Holloway (D)

Shirt Number: 25

Previous Team: Birmingham City (FAWSL)

Nationality: Northern Ireland (Uses international slot)

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: March 2022

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2023

Bio: Holloway is a left-footed left-back from Nailsea, England who has been a member of the Northern Ireland national team since 2021. She originally attended the Bristol City Academy before traveling to the United States to attend Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. While playing at Cumberland in the NAIA, she was named back-to-back Mid-South Conference Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018. After graduating, she joined the WPSL’s Nashville Rhythm in 2019 before joining Birmingham City in the FAWSL later that year. Holloway has since been capped over 50 times with Birmingham City.

2021 Recap: This season, she has gone the full 90 minutes for Birmingham City in all but two matches. The 26-year-old scored her first senior international goal against North Macedonia in an 11-0 win during World Cup qualifying in November. Four days later, she scored two more goals against the same team.

 

Jaelin Howell (MF)

Shirt Number: 6

Previous Team: Florida State University (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: January 2022 / 2022 College Draft

Contract terms: Three-year contract, signed through 2024

Bio:  Howell is a native of Colorado who spent her youth years playing with Real Colorado alongside standouts such as Sophia Smith, Lindsey Horan, and Mal Pugh. As only a high school student, she and Smith were given the rare honor of being called in to train with the senior U.S. national team. She has also regularly represented the U.S. at the U17 and U20 levels, including going to the U20 World Cup in France alongside Emily Fox and  Savannah DeMelo. In 2020, she received her first cap with the full team. While a student at Florida State University, Howell was a standout player, to say the least. She helped lead the team to two national championships (2018, 2021), was named ACC Midfielder of the Year twice and named to the All-ACC First Team thrice. She’s a dedicated leader on the field, also, and served as team captain for three consecutive years from 2019-21. There is little doubt she’ll be an immediate starter upon arriving in Louisville. Howell isn’t just a great player, she’s a great player in a thin position. She’s a holding midfielder, or a six, which is responsible for not just bolstering the defense, but also being a playmaker from the center of the field. Racing played Olofsson in this position last season despite the fact Olofsson is typically an attacking midfielder. So adding Howell won’t just be adding an incredible player to a very thin position, it’ll be freeing up another great player to actually play in their natural position. The resulting impact could be enormous for Racing in 2022 and for years to come.

2021 Recap: Howell capped off an acclaimed college career by reaching even new heights in 2021. Most notably, she became only the sixth back-to-back MAC Hermann trophy winner in history, joining such luminaries as Mia Hamm and Christine Sinclair. For those unfamiliar, the MAC Hermann is the most coveted individual award in women’s college soccer. It’s the equivalent of winning a Heisman. Twice. In 2021, Howell also captained her team to winning the ACC Championships twice (for the delayed 2020 season and the actual 2021 season) and to two NCAA College Cup finals. Although they lost the College Cup trophy for the delayed 2020 season, they charged back and won it in 2021. Other individual accolades in 2021 include winning the Honda Award, being nominated for an Espy, and being named ACC Midfielder of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Click here to check out a recent Butchertown Rundown podcast interview with Bloomer about her rookie experience during the preseason with Racing.

 

Cece Kizer (F)

Shirt Number: 5

Previous Team: Houston Dash (NWSL)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020 / 2021 Expansion Draft

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2022

Bio: Kizer originally hails from Overland Park, Kansas and was a standout player at Ole Miss. Her 48 goals and 119 career points remain all-time records for the Rebels. In 2019, Kizer was drafted 13th overall by the Houston Dash. She made 22 appearances through 2020 with the Dash and was ultimately taken by Racing in December 2020 as part of the expansion draft. Before being drafted, she was loaned to Kolbotn IL in Norway for the Fall of 2020 where she scored three goals.

2021 Recap: After two years as a professional, Kizer had a breakout year in 2021. She made club history when she scored the team’s first-ever goal during Racing’s inaugural match in the Challenge Cup. She continued to be one of Racing’s most effective attackers and led the team with 15 shots on target. Across all competition, Kizer would score seven goals and earn three assists. Mario Sanchez, Racing’s interim head coach for the final months of 2021, remarked on a few occasions that he felt Kizer deserved looks from the U.S. national team based on her talent and performance with Racing.

 

Julia Lester (D)

Shirt Number: 15

Previous Team: Apollon Ladies FC (Cyprus)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: March 2022

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2023, with the option for an additional year

Bio: Lester is a versatile defender who can play both centrally and on the wing. She is a Florida native who played collegiately for the University of Florida Gators under Becky Burleigh where she started 67 games out of 84 appearances.  In her senior year in 2019, she was an All-SEC and All-Region selection. After going undrafted in 2020, Lester was invited to be a training player with the Chicago Red Stars. After Covid canceled preseason and the regular season that year, she moved over to Europe and joined Cyprus’ Apollon Ladies FC which was then managed by current Racing head coach Kim Björkengren.

2021 Recap: While at Apollon, Lester served as team captain and, in her two years with the club, led a backline that only conceded 14 goals in 31 Cypriot First Division matches. Lester recently scored a goal in the Apollon ladies’ final match to win the league championships and was also named to the league’s best IX. She has also started six UEFA Women’s Champions League matches.

 

Katie Lund (GK)

Shirt Number: 1 (formerly 23)

Previous Team: Washington Spirit (NWSL)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020 / 2021 Expansion Draft; Re-signed January 2022

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2023

Bio: Lund grew up in Plano, TX, and spent the first three years of her college career at Texas Christian University. For her senior year, she moved to the University of Arkansas where she let in only 11 goals all season and had an impressive 11 shutouts in 23 games. This ranked her ninth nationally in shutouts for the year. (Incidentally, one of those shutouts was a historic 2-0 win over a first-ranked UNC team including future teammates Emily Fox and Taylor Otto. Future Racing draftee Parker Goins also scored the second goal for Arkansas in that match.) Lund was undrafted in 2020 but was signed by the Washington Spirit later that year. In December of 2020, she was selected by Racing Louisville from the Washington Spirit as part of the 2021 Expansion Draft.

2021 Recap: Katie Lund received her first professional minutes in August when she was substituted on for an injured Michelle Betos in the championship match of the Women’s Cup. Her performance in that match’s penalty shootout against Bayern Munich earned her immediate folk hero status in Louisville. Lund’s saves kept Louisville in the match through all ten field players before she was called upon to take a shot herself. She converted it and then stood in goal to face the opposing keeper and made the save – her fourth of the shootout. As the result of her actions, Racing clinched their first trophy. She went on to make four starts during the rest of the season where she had a 71% save rate in 360 minutes. With last season’s starting keeper Michelle Betos’ departure, Lund is seemingly a shoo-in for the starting role in 2022.

 

Taylor Malham (MF)

Shirt Number: 12

Previous Team: University of Arkansas (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: March 2022 /Rights selected by Racing in January 2021 after going undrafted

Contract Terms: One-year contract, signed through 2022, with the option for an additional year

Bio: Malham joins Hillary Beall as the only undrafted player to join Racing out of college in 2022. She scored an impressive 33 goals and notched 30 assists in her career as a Razorback. She started in all of her 107 collegiate appearances. In addition to playing with Parker Goins in Arkansas, Malham also played club ball and high school soccer with Goins growing up in Oklahoma. After her signing, coach Kim Björkegren called her “one the most hard-working players in the whole team.” He also highlighted her versatility across positions in the midfield.

2021 Recap: Malham chose to play an extra year of NCAA eligibility after her rights were picked up by Racing after going undrafted in the 2021 College Draft. She was named to First Team All-SEC in both 2019 and 2021 and earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week Accolades in 2021.

 

Nealy Martin (D)

Shirt Number: 17 (Formerly 14 in 2021; game that number to Jess McDonald for 2022)

Previous Team: University of Alabama (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: January 2021 / 2021 Non-rostered invitee

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2022

Bio: Martin hails from Birmingham, AL, and attended the University of Alabama where she received a degree in chemical engineering. While in college, Martin made 76 appearances for the Crimson Tide. Martin received several accolades while in college including 2019’s SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year. After going undrafted in the 2021 College Draft, she attended open tryouts for Racing Louisville in late 2020 where she impressed the coaching staff enough to be invited into preseason. After a successful preseason with Racing, Martin was signed for the 2021 season.

2021 Recap: Martin had the most minutes of all the non-roster invitees who signed contracts with Racing for 2021. She made 18 regular season appearances and 13 starts for a total of 1,291 minutes. She’s proven to be a flexible player who can play anywhere on the back line as needed. Martin finished the season with an 80% passing average.

 

Jessica McDonald (F)

Shirt Number: 14

Previous Team: North Carolina Courage (NWSL)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: January 2022 / Traded from North Carolina Courage in December 2021

Contract terms:  Two-year contract, signed through 2023

Bio: McDonald has a long and storied career in women’s soccer. She played her freshman and sophomore years at Phoenix College, one of the country’s oldest community colleges in Arizona. She transferred to the University of North Carolina in 2008 where she played a central role in the Tarheels winning the championship that same year. During that season, she scored five goals and tallied 10 assists making her the assist leader for the team despite only playing in 75% of their matches. McDonald was drafted onto the Chicago Red Stars in the 2010 WPS draft. After the WPS was disbanded, she left to play in Australia until the NWSL was established in 2013. Since 2013, McDonald has played on six teams with Racing Louisville being a record seventh. She spent the majority of her career with the North Carolina Courage having played there from their inception in 2017 through 2021. In this time, she’s helped the Western New York Flash and the Courage win a combined three championships, the Courage win three shields, and she was named MVP of the 2018 Championship match. McDonald currently leads the league in assists with 27 and ranks fourth in goals with 51. In addition to having a remarkable college and club career, McDonald was also a member of the United States Women’s Team squad that won the 2019 World Cup.

2021 Recap: In her final season with the North Carolina Courage, McDonald scored four goals and three assists in 22 appearances. Two of these goals were headers. She completed 28 key passes and had 15 successful crosses. Racing Louisville acquired McDonald in December 2021 after a series of trades. First, Savannah McCaskill was traded to Los Angeles’ Angel City for the sixth pick of the 2022 College Draft and $25,000 in allocation money. That sixth pick was then flipped to the North Carolina Courage who traded McDonald’s rights. With her extensive experience, McDonald is another likely candidate for team captain in 2022.

Click here to check out a recent Beautiful Game Network interview with McDonald featuring her interest in joining Louisville, her take on the tumultuous 2021 season, and where she thinks the NWSL is heading in 2022.

 

Addisyn Merrick (D)

Shirt Number: 26

Previous Team: North Carolina Courage (NWSL)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020 / 2021 Expansion Draft; Re-signed January 2022

Contract terms: One-year contract, signed through 2022 with the option for an additional year

Bio: Merrick grew up in a suburb of Kansas City and attended played college ball with Kansas University. As a senior in 2019, she started all 25 of the Jayhawk’s matches and helped lead the team to a conference championship. She received 2019 Big 12 Defender of the Year accolades for her efforts. Merrick was drafted by the North Carolina Courage in the 2020 College Draft. Despite having a rookie year defined by limited games due to Covid, she was able to distinguish herself as a strong player with a great deal of potential during the 2020 Challenge Cup. She was drafted by Racing Louisville in the 2021 Expansion Draft and has the distinction of being the first player to ever arrive at Racing Louisville ahead of the 2021 preseason.

2021 Recap: Merrick was unfortunately waylaid by a series of serious injuries in 2021. First, she recuperated from a back fracture sustained in preseason only to suffer a serious non-contact ankle injury while training that ultimately ended her season. As a result, she only played a total of 54 minutes across three games. In that short period of time, she had a nearly 80% success rate for passing including an over 50% success rate for long passes. She also made three clearances. Between this and the potential she showed with the Courage in 2020, Merrick has a strong chance of earning a starting role in 2022.

 

Lauren Milliet (MF)

Shirt Number: 2

Previous Team: North Carolina Courage (NWSL)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020 / 2021 Expansion Draft

Contract terms: Optional year exercised, signed through 2022

Bio: While at Colorado College, Milliet started in every on of her team’s 77 matches and scored 21 goals and 16 assists. She was an All Mountain West First Team selection in both her junior and senior years. Milliet was selected by the North Carolina Courage with the 14th overall pick of the 2019 College Draft (which means she was chosen immediately after future teammate Cece Kizer). In December of 2020, she was chosen by Racing Louisville as part of the expansion draft.

2021 Recap: Milliet has the distinction of being the only player to get minutes in all 24 regular season matches. She made 19 starts total over the course of the season and had 13 shots with three going on target. Fans will most likely remember her fancy flip throw-in during a match against the Washington Spirit in July.

 

Satara Murray (D)

Shirt Number: 44

Previous Team: Birmingham City (FA Women’s Championship, England)

Nationality: USA/JAM (Does not use international slot)

Years Rostered: 0

Signed: May 2022

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2023 with option for an additional year

Bio: Murray is an accomplished and experienced veteran who’s played both internationally and in the U.S. since graduating from the University of North Carolina. At UNC, she was instrumental in winning the 2012 NCAA College Cup alongside teammates Crystal Dunn and Kealia Watt and was named the Most Outstanding Defensive player during the final. After graduating, Murray signed with Liverpool in the FAWSL where she had over 60 appearances over four years. Next, she was recruited to the Houston Dash where she played for 2019 making nine appearances. After playing in both Norway and the WPSL, she eventually signed with Bristol City for the 2021-22 season

2021 Recap: While in Bristol, Murray made appearances in all 22 regular season matches for the Robins and played in three cup matches. Although she was born in Brooklyn, New York, Murray was eligible to play for Jamaica, England, Guyana, and Antingua and Barbuda in addition to the United States. In October 2021, she earned her first cap with Jamaica in a match against Costa Rica.

 

Nadia Nadim (F)

Shirt Number: 10

Previous Team: Paris Saint-Germain (France)

Nationality: DEN (Uses international slot)

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: June 2021

Contract terms: Three-year contract, signed through 2023

Bio: Nadim is another player who has a long, storied history in women’s soccer. She began her professional career in the Danish League during the early aughts where she reached Champion’s league play with Fortuna Hjørring in 2012. Over the years she has played in the NWSL several times, including a 2014-15 stint with Sky Blue FC (now Gotham FC) and a couple of years with the Portland Thorns from 2016-17. During her time with the Thorns, she was the team’s top scorer in 2016 and helped them win the NWSL Championship in 2017. After the Thorns, Nadim has played for Manchester City and, most recently, Paris Saint-Germain who she helped win the league for the first time in team history in 2020-21. Nadim has been a mainstay of the Danish national team since 2008 and was instrumental in leading them to the UEFA Women’s Euro Final of 2017. In 2020, her two goals were crucial in Denmark’s win 3-1 win over Italy which qualified them for the 2022 Euros. In addition to being a renowned player, Nadim is also well-known for her life off the pitch. After her father was murdered by the Taliban when she was 12, Nadim, her mother, and sisters escaped their native Afghanistan to become refugees in Denmark where they ultimately gained citizenship. She is currently finishing up her studies with Aarhus University in Denmark to become a plastic surgeon.

2021 Recap: Although she only played for a portion of the 2021 season, Nadim had an immediate impact with Racing Louisville. After joining the team in late July, she would go on to score three goals and notch an assist. Unfortunately, her season was ended after only eight appearances with an ACL tear in September. Nadim is actively rehabbing and working to make a full recovery so she can join Racing for the 2022 season and be healthy enough to lead Denmark in the 2022 Euros.

 

Freja Olofsson (MF)

Shirt Number: 8

Previous Team: KIF Örebro DFF (Sweden)

Nationality: SWE (Uses international slot)

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020

Contract terms: Optional year exercised, signed through 2022 

Contract Update: In May 2022, signed a new three-year deal through to 2024

Bio: Olofsson began her professional career playing for her hometown team KIF Örebro DFF. After moving to play in Norway 2019, she suffered an ACL tear and missed the majority of her season with Arna-Bjørnar. She returned Örebro for the 2020 season and made 21 appearances and 18 starts and scored two goals. In December of that same year, it was announced she had signed with Racing.

2021 Recap: Despite having never played as a holding midfielder in the number six position, Olofsson took on this change and was the regular starting six for the majority of the season. In fact, Olofsson was one of Racing’s most consistent starters overall with 22 appearances in 20 starts. She recorded more clearances than any other midfielder with 25 and had 40 interceptions. Her passing accuracy was also some of the highest on Racing’s roster at 82%.

Click here to read a recent Beautiful Game Network interview with Olofsson and learn more about her experiences in Louisville including adjusting to the NWSL, playing in a new position, and adapting to culture shock.

 

Taylor Otto (MF)

Shirt Number: 19

Previous Team: University of North Carolina (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: January 2021 / 2021 College draft

Contract terms: Optional year exercised, signed through 2022

Bio: Like Fox, Otto was drafted out of the storied University of North Carolina program. Head coach Anson Dorrance called Otto “one of the greatest leaders” he’s ever coached. Otto was named to First Team All-ACC in her sophomore year and Third Team in her freshman, junior, and senior years.  As a junior, she was also on the 2019 Hermann Trophy Watch List. She was chosen with the 11th overall pick in the 2021 College Draft. In 2016, Otto competed in the 2016 U20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

2021 Recap: Despite appearing in the regular season opener against Kansas City, a knee injury waylaid Otto until August. She earned her first start in October against the Washington Spirit. In total, she had nine appearances and three starts during her rookie season. Despite such limited minutes, Otto showed she had potential in all her appearances. She’s a technically strong defensive midfielder who undoubtedly would have gotten significantly more time on the pitch had she remained healthy. With Olofsson likely sliding into her preferred attacking position after Racing acquired Jaelin Howell in the 2022 draft, it’s likely Otto will get more minutes in the midfield in 2022 even if she isn’t a regular starter.

 

Ebony Salmon (F)

Shirt Number: 9

Previous Team: Bristol City (FAWSL)

Nationality: ENG (Uses international slot)

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: May 2021

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2022

Bio: At only 20-years old, Salmon is considered by many to be one of the English national team’s brightest prospects. Salmon began her professional career with Aston Villa in 2017-18 where she had seven goals in 12 appearances. After moving to Manchester United and quickly being loaned to Sheffield, she eventually settled in Bristol City from 2019-21. During these two seasons, she had 11 goals in 34 appearances which is especially impressive considering the team was constantly under the threat of regulation. Her five goals in 2019-20 tied her for eighth place in the FAWSL’s top goal scorers alongside Jordan Nobbs and Daniëlle van de Donk. In January 2021, Salmon received her first cap on the full English national team. Since then, she’s played in several matches with the England U23 team and also served as captain. Although Salmon signed with Racing in January of 2021, she was not able to join the team until the end of Bristol City’s season in May.

2021 Recap: Upon arriving in Louisville, Salmon made an instant splash by scoring a goal less than a minute into her first appearance. She continued to have a strong showing for the remainder of the season and led the team in goals (6) and assists (3) on the season. Even with a strong striker like Jess McDonald joining Racing, there’s little doubt Salmon will have a lot of time to shine in 2022. If Salmon stays in form, there’s a good chance she’ll retain the title of goal leader next season, too.

Click here to read a recent Beautiful Game Network interview with Salmon to hear her thoughts about transitioning from the English league to the NWSL, what she thinks of Louisville, and her aspirations for the English national team.

 

Erin Simon (D)

Shirt Number: 3

Previous Team: Houston Dash (NWSL)

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020 / 2021 Expansion draft; Re-signed January 2022

Contract terms: One-year contract, signed through 2022 with the option for an additional year

Bio: After playing college soccer with Syracuse from 2021-15, Simon went undrafted in the 2016 draft. After attending an open tryout with Sky Blue in 2016 and performing well during preseason, she was ultimately signed with the team where she made 26 appearances remained until 2018. From 2018-20, Simon went to West Hampshire in the FAWSL. In her time with West Ham, she saw the team reach their first-ever FA Cup final. Ahead of the 2020 NWSL season, Simon returned to the United States where she signed with the Houston Dash.

2021 Recap: Simon was selected by Racing Louisville in the 2021 Expansion Draft. Over the course of the season, Simon was the most regular starter at right back and made 21 appearances including 18 starts. With the departure of Julia Ashley to the Dash, it’s likely Simon will continue to get regular minutes during the 2022 season.


Removed From the Roster

This section tracks players who have either not been signed out of preseason or have been removed from the active roster because they will not play for the remainder of 2022 due to injury or other health development.

 

 

Sydney Cummings (D)

College Shirt Number: 6

College Team: Georgetown (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Drafted: December 2021 / 2022 College Draft

Bio: Cummings, who started her career with Brown University, transferred to Georgetown while a graduate student to play her final year of eligibility. While still at Brown, Cumming helped lead the Bears to a single-season program record of 14 wins and 13 shutouts in 2019. That year, the Brown defense ranked second in the NCAA in goals allowed (eight) and third in save percentage (.890). She was also a three time All-Ivy selection and earned Second Team All-Ivy honors in both her freshman and sophomore years. After being chosen by Racing, Cummings became the first-ever Brown alumnus to be drafted into the NWSL.

Season Ended Update: Cummings was not signed by Racing ahead of the Challenge Cup.

 

Cheyna Matthews (F) 

Shirt Number: 20

Previous Team: Washington Spirit (NWSL)

Nationality: JAM

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020 / Waiver wire

Contract terms: Two-year contract, signed through 2022

Bio: After playing her first couple of years of college soccer at Vanderbilt University, Matthews transferred to Florida State University in 2014 and was instrumental in leading the Seminoles to their first College Cup in 2015. She scored 10 goals and tallied 7 assists during her senior season and was ultimately named 2015’s Offensive MVP of the championship match.  In 2016, she was drafted in the first round by the Washington Spirit. During her time with the Spirit, Matthews made 55 appearances and scored 11 goals. This is made more impressive by the fact she dealt with the birth of her first son and the pregnancy of her second child while rostered with the Spirit. In 2019, Matthews was selected for the first Jamaican National Team squad to reach the World Cup. She made her World Cup debut during a group stage match against Brazil. In December of 2020, Matthews was selected by Racing Louisville off the waiver wire after being released by the Spirit.

2021 Recap: Matthews spent all preseason and a portion of the regular season recovering from the birth of her second child. She made her debut for Racing in June against the Portland Thorns. She would subsequently make 17 appearances and four starts over the rest of the season and scored a goal against Kansas City in August. This goal was particularly memorable because it was unassisted. She was able to steal it off a defender, bypass the keeper, and casually walk it into the goal. Although she only played a total of 429 minutes this season, Matthews was a constant scoring threat and brought a strong, veteran presence to Racing’s young front line. Now that she’s fully healthy and back to full fitness, Racing fans should look forward to seeing her play a greater role in 2022.

Season Ended Update: Matthews has been placed on the season ended list for the 2022 season due to pregnancy, as announced on February 9, 2022.

Click here to read a recent Beautiful Game Network interview with Cheyna Matthews about her experiences at the college, club, and international levels.

 

 

Jenna Menta (F)

College Shirt Number: 9

College Team: Wake Forest (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Drafted: December 2021 / 2022 College Draft

Reasons to sign: Menta began her career at Georgetown before transferring to Wake Forest for her senior year. As a freshman at Georgetown, she was named to the Big East All-Freshman Team and named Freshman of the Week for the first week of October. As a junior in 2019, she had three goals and four assists in 18 games. And in 2020, she had a true breakout year where she recorded five goals and eight assists, including three game-winning goals. One of the game-winners was an overtime goal to clinch the Big East Championship. As a result, she was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year. While Menta has always been a steady performer, she’s grown substantially as time went on. Although Racing doesn’t need many more forwards, Menta’s growth and history of scoring game-winners make her a tantalizing option.

Season Ended Update: On March 2, Racing announced that Jenna Menta made the decision to return to school and leave preseason camp.

 

 

Charmé Morgan (D)

College Shirt Number: 18

College Team: Oklahoma State University (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Drafted: December 2021 / 2022 College Draft

Bio: In her most recent season with OSU, Morgan anchored a defense that earned nine shutouts and allowed only 17 goals all season. She also recorded three assists in the year. She was even more dynamic in 2019 with five goals and three assists. These numbers are even more impressive considering she was coming back from a serious knee injury that caused her to miss the entire 2018 season.

Season Ended Update: Morgan was not signed by Racing ahead of the Challenge Cup.

 

 

Emily Smith (D)

College Shirt Number: 4

College Team: University of California, Berkeley (NCAA)

Nationality: USA

Drafted: January 2020 / 2021 College Expansion Draft

Bio:  Like Goins, Smith was drafted in 2021 by Racing but chose to play an extra year of college soccer. In 2021, started all 18 games in 2021 and lead the team in minutes with 1,712. In fact, she played all but three minutes in the entire season. She was named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2019 and was named to the First Team All-Pac-12 in 2019 and Second Team All-Pac-12 in 2021. She was also team captain for four consecutive years.

Season Ended Update: Smith was not signed by Racing ahead of the Challenge Cup. She also suffered an injury prior in a late preseason scrimmage.

 


Attending Preseason

Players are listed in draft order starting with the remaining players from the 2021 draft and moving into 2022. All players in this group have reported to preseason in Louisville.

Everyone on this list is excellent, but unless rosters expand in 2022, not everyone in this section will get signed. At least, not to the main roster. The NWSL allows rosters of 24 active players and 4 reserve players which means all nine expected players may get offers, but not all will be on the active roster.

Update: Final players removed on 3/15/2022 ahead of the Challenge Cup. As of this date, a minimum of 22 players out of a possible 24 active players have been signed.


Departures

Players are listed alphabetically by last name.

Julia Ashley (D)

Shirt Number: 16

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020 / 2021 Expansion Draft

Departed: December 2021 / Trade to Houston for overall 26th pick in 2022 College Draft

Current Team: Houston Dash (NWSL)

Major Contribution: Although injured for a long duration early in the season, Ashley went on to become a regular starter at right back with 15 total appearances. She also co-starred in the beloved crossover between Racing and the Louisville Free Public Library’s summer reading program featuring Gorp.

 

Jorian Baucom (F)

Shirt Number: 33

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: January 2021 / Non-rostered invitee

Departed: December 2021 / Waived

Current Team: North Carolina Courage

Major Contributions: Baucom made an immediate impact for Racing during the Challenge Cup when she scored an incredible first touch goal against the North Carolina Courage. In the Women’s Cup Final, she stole the ball and powered past Bayern’s veteran defender Saki Kumagai to score the equalizer.

 

Michelle Betos (GK)

Shirt Number: 1

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020 / 2021 Expansion Draft

Departed: December 2021 / Contract extension not offered

Current Team: NJ/NY Gotham

Major Contribution: There are almost too many to list. Betos was Racing’s first captain and guided the team through a tumultuous season as scandals rocked the NWSL. She logged a league-leading 95 saves during the regular season and earned Save of the Week honors in April and June. She was also recognized as part of the team of the month in June. Her strongest performance came in Racing’s first win against the Washington Spirit where she logged an incredible 11 saves to keep a clean sheet.

 

Brooke Hendrix (D)

Shirt Number: 15

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020 / 2021 Expansion Draft

Departed: December 2021 / Waived

Current Team: Melbourne Victory (A-League/Australia)

Major Contribution: Hendrix etched her name in Racing’s history books forever with her goal in the final minutes of stoppage time to bring Racing to a draw with the Orlando Pride in their first-ever match.

 

Noelle Higginson (MF)

Shirt Number: 24

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: January 2021 / Non-rostered invitee

Departed: August 2021 / Waived by request

Current Team: Retired to pursue law school

Major Contribution: Higginson is only one of two players to not receive any minutes during the season. The 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee earned a spot on the roster after impressing during the preseason. The fact she left Racing to start law school at Yale is pretty darn badass.

 

Vanessa Kara (F)

Shirt Number: 27

Nationality: DOM

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: January 2021 / Non-rostered invitee

Departed: December 2021 / Waived

Current Team: Unknown

Major Contribution: Although Kara only received limited minutes in 2021, her international career took off. She scored a brace during her first call up to the Dominican Republic Women’s National Team and has since become a regular starter.

 

Savannah McCaskill (F/MF)

Shirt Number: 7

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: October 2020 / Trade

Departed: December 2021 / Trade to L.A. for overall sixth pick in the 2022 College Draft, $25K in allocation money

Current Team: Los Angeles Angel City FC

Major Contribution: As co-captain with Michelle Betos, McCaskill was a critical leader for Racing during their first season. She was also integral on the field as a box-to-box midfielder who was often called the engine of the team. McCaskill was the team minutes leader with 1,949 minutes played in 23 appearances and 22 starts. Also, she was tied as the team assist leader with three assists. Along with Yuki Nagasato, McCaskill also has the distinction of being one of the first two players to join Racing’s roster.

 

Katie McClure (F)

Shirt Number: 22

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020 / 2021 Expansion Draft

Departed: December 2021 / Waived

Current Team: Unsigned

Major Contribution: McClure was responsible for converting the penalty shot that put Racing into the Women’s Cup Final. She also notched a goal and an assist in a season-best performance against Orlando which helped eliminate the Pride from playoff contention. After being waived by Racing, McClure was a training player with Los Angeles Angel City FC, but was not signed to the team after preseason.

 

Sinclaire Miramontez (D)

Shirt Number: 12

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: May 2021 / Signed after a successful trial period

Departed: December 2021 / Waived

Current Team: Seattle OL Reign

Major Contribution: Miramontez was a versatile player who was utilized in the midfield and the defense throughout the season. She had a total of 14 appearances and two starts and has since signed with OL Reign for the 2022 season. Also, a friend of Gorp and the Louisville Free Public Library.

 

Shelby Money (GK)

Shirt Number: 21

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: January 2021 / Non-rostered invitee

Departed: December 2021 / Waived

Current Team: Unknown

Major Contribution: Although Money didn’t feature in any of Racing’s matches, third keepers are integral to the development of teams during practices and in scrimmages. Money is also a goalkeeper coach and has recently worked at Division 1 Saint Joseph University’s staff. She also has an awesome name.

 

Yuki Nagasato (F)

Shirt Number: 17

Nationality: JAP

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: October 2020 / Trade

Departed: January 2022 / Trade to Chicago for natural 3rd round pick in 2023 & international spot

Current Team: Chicago Red Stars

Major Contribution: #DatAss is moving back home to Chicago. After recently becoming engaged, Nagasato requested that she can return home to live with her fiance in Chicago and Racing was happy to oblige. Along with Savannah McCaskill, Yuki was one of the first two players to ever join Racing Louisville after they were traded from the Red Stars in exchange for draft protection. Nagasato’s goal in the Women’s Cup final to put Racing ahead of Bayern 2-1 was arguably the best goal scored by Racing all season. Yuki has also delighted fans off the pitch with her video blogs of life with Racing and her sometimes hysterical social media presence.

 

Kayleigh Riehl (D)

Shirt Number: 18

Nationality: USA

Years Rostered: 1

Signed: December 2020 / 2021 Expansion Draft

Departed: December 2021 / Selected by San Diego in 2022 Expansion Draft

Current Team: San Diego Wave

Major Contribution: Over the course of the season, Riehl became the go-to starting center back next to Gemma Bonner. She led the team in clearances with 79 in 21 appearances.

 


Rights Held

Caitlin Foord

Position: Forward

Current Team: Arsenal (FAWSL)

Nationality: AUS

Tobin Heath

Position: Forward

Current Team: Arsenal (FAWSL)

Nationality: USA

Alanna Kennedy

Position: Defender

Current Team: Manchester City (FAWSL)

Nationality: AUS

Rights Traded

Janine Beckie

Position: Forward

Traded to: Portland Thorns, $75,000 in allocation with potential fo r$25,000 performance bonuses

Nationality: CAN

 

 


2023 Draft Picks:

2023 College Draft

Racing’s natural placement in each draft round will depend on their standings at the end of the season.

  • 1st Round
    • Racing’s natural position TBD
  • 2nd Round
    • Racing’s natural position TBD
  • 3rd Round
    • Racing’s natural position TBD
    • Chicago’s natural position TBD (obtained via Nagasato trade)
  • 4th Round
    • Racing’s natural position TBD

 


Updates:

  • Jan 11, 2022: Yuki Nagasato moved from Current Roster to Departure after trade back to Chicago Red Stars; added Updates & Draft Picks sections
  • Jan 12, 2022: Added NJ/NY Gotham to Michelle Betos’ current team; added free international slot under current roster
  • Jan 21, 2022: Jaelin Howell signed to a multi-year deal!!
  • Jan 24, 2022: Nealy Martin’s shirt number updated to 17
  • Jan 28, 2022: Jessica McDonald contract terms updated after official signing announcement
  • Feb 1, 2022: Shirt numbers for Howell and Davis added, Lund’s number updated; Katie McClure updated to being signed at Angel City FC
  • Feb 3, 2022: Brooke Hendrix’s new club added
  • Feb 4, 2022: DeMelo moved to rostered team after her official signing!!
  • Feb 8, 2022: Jordyn Bloomer moved to rostered team after official signing!
  • Feb 9, 2022: A new section for Season Ended List players was created; Cheyna Matthews moved to it due to pregnancy. Congrats, Cheyna and family!
  • Feb 9, 2022: Fixed Parker Goins stats for 2021. Old stats of goals and assists only covered the Spring season, not the full season.
  • Feb 10, 2022: The first NRI of the preseason is signed in keeper Hillary Beall.
  • Mar 4, 2022: Changed Season Ended List to Removed From Roster due to the inclusion of unsigned drafted player Jenna Menta. Also added update to Katie McClure stating that she is no longer with ACFC. Also added links to all rookie interviews.
  • March 15, 2022: Updated to add Sh’Nia Gordon to active roster! Also, updated to add Parker Goins and Taylor Malham to active roster. Unfortunately, Sydney Cummings, Charmé Morgan, and Emily Smith did not get signed and have been moved from ‘Attending Preseason’ to the Removed From Roster section. As a result, Attending Preseason is now officially empty!
  • March 16, 2022: Added almost all player headshots for 2022 (still missing Gordon who won’t arrive for a few more days) and updated numbers for Gordon, Malham, and Goins!
  • March 23, 2022: Julie Lester signing added
  • March 27, 2022: Updated with Lester shirt number.
  • March 31, 2022: Added Rebecca Holloway, added Gordon and Lester photos, and corrected roster numbers at top of the page.
  • April 4, 2022: Updated Rights Held/Traded to show Janine Beckie’s trade to Portland; added signing of Alex Chidaic.
  • May 16, 2022: Updated Freja Olofsson’s new contract terms, added updated photos for Alex Chidiac and Rebecca Holloway, added new player Satara Murray.

Author

Bekki Morgan

Covering Racing Louisville on the Beautiful Game Network and the central NWSL teams on She-Plays.com. Co-host of Butchertown Rundown: A Racing Louisville Podcast. Find me on Twitter @bekki_morgan and my pod @ButchertownR.