FC Kansas City today announced their 18 player roster for the start of the inaugural NWSL season. The roster certainly on paper should make the Blues one of the candidates for the best team in the league this year.
Here's a look at how FC Kansas City built their current roster.
The team has their three US allocated players in Nicole Barnhart, Lauren Cheney, and Becky Sauerbrunn. They also have their 2 Canadian internationals, Desiree Scott and Lauren Sesselmann. And their single Mexican international, Renae Cuellar. That gets the team up to 6.
Through the NWSL college draft, FCKC added three more, Krisitie Mewis in the first round, Erika Tymrak in the second round, and Nia Williams in the fourth round. This gets you half the roster, at 9.
In the Supplemental draft, added four more to their roster. The team added Courtney Jones in the first round, Bianca Henninger in the second round, Merritt Mathias in the third round, and Casey Loyd in the fourth round. That gets the team to 13 of the 18 players.
Four more of KC's players came to the Blues from the team's ability to sign 4 free agents. In that list were Melissa Henderson, Jen Buczkowski, Leigh Ann Robinson, and Sinead Farrelly. That gets to 17 of the 18 rostered players.
The final spot on the roster went to local product, Katie Kelly to round out the team's 18 roster spots.
FCKC will kick off the season on Saturday night when they'll host the Portland Thorns in the league's first game at Shawnee Mission North High School.