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Meet the 17 New Jersey soccer players in NWSL as 2024 season begins

Meet the 17 New Jersey soccer players in NWSL as 2024 season begins

Gotham FC is back, with bigger stars than ever. But will that be enough to defend their National Women’s Soccer League championship?

On Friday night, Gotham hosts San Diego Wave at Red Bull Arena in a rematch of last season’s final to start the NWSL Challenge Cup. The 2024 regular season kicks off Saturday.

Though Gotham is based in Hanover, there is only one local player – defender Kristen Edmonds of Metuchen – on the roster. Heading into the season, San Diego and Utah each have three Jersey girls.

Meet the 17 NWSL players with ties to New Jersey:

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Angelina Alonso Costantino

Orlando Pride M (Jersey City)

▪ Angelina signed with Orlando in December after appearing in 28 matches over three seasons with OL Reign.

▪ Born in Jersey City and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Angelina captained the Brazilian U-20 team and made her full national-team debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Jul 21, 2023; Louisville, KY, USA; Racing Louisville FC defender Paige Monaghan (5) celebrates a goal in the first half against the Chicago Red Stars at Lynn Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Paige Monaghan

Utah Royals F (Roxbury)

▪ A former All Daily Record soccer Player of the Year at Roxbury, Monaghan was picked by the Utah Royals in the National Women’s Soccer League expansion draft on Dec. 15. A five-year NWSL veteran, Monaghan has nine goals in 79 appearances for Gotham FC and Racing Louisville.

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Kristen McNabb

San Diego Wave M/D (Montville)

▪ Selected by the Reign in the 2017 draft out of Virginia, McNabb had two goals and two assists in 76 matches. She moved to San Diego in the expansion draft in December 2021. McNabb, 29, has appeared in 38 matches with the Wave, starting and playing the full 90 in 13 last season.

Gabby Provenzano

Portland Thorns M (Sergeantsville)

▪ The Thorns’ 22nd pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft out of Rutgers, Provenzano signed a one-year contract extension in January. She has appeared in nine matches across all competitions.

▪ At Rutgers, Provenzano had five goals and three assists in 103 matches. She was named the Big Ten Defender of the Year as Rutgers won its first league title of any kind in 2021.

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Danielle Colaprico

San Diego Wave M (Freehold Twp.)

▪ Selected ninth by Chicago in 2015, Colaprico was voted the NWSL Rookie of the Year. She was loaned to Adelaide United and Sydney FC in Australia for three total seasons. After six goals in 152 appearances in Chicago, Colaprico signed with San Diego. She made 23 appearances last season.

▪ A Red Bank Catholic and Virginia alumna, Colaprico graduated as the Cavaliers’ all-time leader in assists (44) and appearances (100).

Alana Cook

Seattle Reign D (Far Hills)

▪ Cook signed with Paris-St. Germain out of college, transferring to OL Reign in June 2021. She has started all 38 matches heading into her third NWSL season.

▪ Cook has 23 caps with the United States women’s national team since making her debut in November 2019.

▪ The 2015 NSCAA High School Scholar Player of the Year at Pennington, Cook was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year at Stanford. She was a first team All-America as a senior. Cook had five goals and seven assists in 93 starts.

Kristen Edmonds

Gotham D (Metuchen)

▪ Edmonds, 36, has played for Stjarnan Women in Iceland, WFC Rossiyanka in Russia, and the NWSL’s Western New York Flash, Orlando Pride and Kansas City Current. She joined Gotham as a free agent in December 2022. She appeared in 20 matches last season.

▪ As a Rutgers freshman in 2005, Edmonds had six goals and six assists – becoming the first rookie to lead the team in scoring since Carli Lloyd.

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Jylissa Harris

Houston Dash D (Metuchen)

▪ A center back at South Carolina, Harris set the NCAA Division-I record for all-time minutes (9,395). She is No. 1 at South Carolina and third all-time with 107 games played. Selected by Houston with the 22nd overall pick in January 2023, she played seven minutes as a rookie.

▪ Harris led Red Bank Catholic in goals as a freshman, sophomore and junior, totaling 40 goals and 26 assists.

United States goalkeeper Casey Murphy collects a ball against Nigeria during the first half of an international friendly soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Casey Murphy

North Carolina Courage G (Bridgewater)

▪ This will be Murphy’s fourth season with the Courage. She has 26 shutouts in 61 appearances.

▪ Rutgers’ career shutout leader, Murphy was named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and first team All-Big Ten in 2017. She was the 13th overall pick after that season, but signed with Montpellier in France instead of Sky Blue. Named the league’s top goalkeeper, Murphy returned home and signed with Reign in May 2019.

▪ Murphy redshirted her junior year to play in the U-20 Women’s World Cup. She earned the shutout in a 3-0 victory over Australia in Sydney in her full international debut on Nov. 27, 2021. The tallest female goalkeeper in USWNT history at 6-foot-1, Murphy was undefeated with seven shutouts in her first nine starts, and now has 14 clean sheets in 18 appearances.

Casey Phair

Angel City F (Warren Twp.)

▪ The youngest player at last summer’s Women’s World Cup at 16 years and 26 days, Phair signed with Angel City in mid-January. Born in South Korea, her family relocated to the United States when she was a month old and settled in New Jersey in 2020. Phair had 25 goals and seven assists in 18 matches as a Pingry freshman.

Sydney Schneider

Chicago Red Stars G (Dayton)

▪ Schneider came to Chicago from AC Sparta Praha in the Czech women’s First League, where she appeared in 15 matches. She had been drafted Washington in the third round in 2021 out of UNC-Wilmington.

▪ One of three Red Stars goalkeepers, Schneider will likely back up Alyssa Naher when she goes to the Olympics this summer. Schneider has played for the Jamaican Women’s National Team since 2018, appearing in the 2019 and 2023 Women’s World Cups.

Emma Sears

Racing Louisville F (New Brunswick)

▪ A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, Sears had 25 goals and 15 assists in 83 matches over five seasons at Ohio State. She signed a one-year deal earlier this month after being selected 28th overall.

▪ Born in New Brunswick, Sears moved to England and California before the family settled in Dublin, Ohio, before her freshman year in high school.

Oct 1, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; North Carolina Courage midfielder Frankie Tagliaferri (19) passes the ball against OL Reign at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports

Frankie Tagliaferri

Utah Royals M (Colts Neck)

▪ Tagliaferri appeared in 13 matches in two seasons with North Carolina. She had two goals and an assist in the 2023 Challenge Cup.

▪ A two-time Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year, Tagliaferri recorded 81 goals and 41 assists at Colts Neck. She led the Big Ten with 29 points during her senior season at Penn State. After transferring home to Rutgers for her COVID-linked fifth year of eligibility, she had a team-best 13 goals and nine assists in 25 starts and was named a first-team All-America.

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Amirah Ali

San Diego Wave F (Voorhees)

▪ Ali has four goals and an assist in 38 appearances with San Diego.

▪ The Courier-Post’s girls soccer Player of the Year after her junior season at Eastern in 2015, Ali finished her high school career with 99 goals and 53 assists. Rutgers’ only four-time All-America, Ali had 44 goals – including 17 game winners – and 19 assists across 103 matches.

Emily Gray

Utah Royals M (Sewell)

▪ Gray had 34 goals and 43 assists in three seasons for Washington Township. Second all-time in points, Gray helped Virginia Tech earn three NCAA Tournament berths.

▪ Drafted by North Carolina third overall in 2022, she had two assists in three matches. Her 2023 season was cut short by an ACL injury. The 23-year-old signed with Utah as a free agent.

Nov 11, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; OL Reign forward Tziarra King (23) hugs forward Megan Rapinoe (15) during warmups before the 2023 NWSL Championship match against New Jersey/New York Gotham FC at Snapdragon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Tziarra King

Seattle Reign F (Sicklerville)

▪ Drafted eighth overall by Utah in 2020, King is entering her third season with Seattle. She has three goals and two assists in 30 regular-season games (14 starts).

▪ A 2016 graduate of Winslow Township High School, King ranks third at North Carolina State for starts (88), goals (48) and points (115).

Brittany Ratcliffe

Washington Spirit F (Williamstown)

▪ Ratcliffe signed a three-year free-agent deal with Washington in January.

▪ Ratcliffe played at Paul VI, then the University of Virginia. Known for wearing a bright orange hair bow, she has nine goals in 94 games (46 starts) across all competitions for Boston, Kansas City, Utah and North Carolina.

This article originally appeared on Morristown Daily Record: NWSL 2024 season: List of New Jersey soccer players on rosters

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