One advantage Utah Royals FC has had in forming its roster for its first season is that it hasn't had to start from scratch, as it holds the rights to all players who finished last season under contract with FC Kansas City since that franchise merely moved to the Beehive State.
On Monday afternoon, the Royals announced two more former Kansas City players who will officially join the roster for the 2018 season in midfielders Erika Tymrak and Mandy Laddish.
Having played in the NWSL for four seasons, Tymrak is rather decorated, as she won the league's Rookie of the Year award in 2013 and then was a part of the Kansas City teams that won back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015. Laddish entered the league in 2014.
Both have international experience for the United States on junior levels, while Tymrak has also appeared for the senior national team.
Tymrak and Laddish join Becky Sauerbrunn and Desiree Scott as players who have been announced as having committed to join the Royals from Kansas City. The team acquired Kelley O'Hara, Taylor Lytle and Diana Matheson via trade and last week drafted former BYU defender Taylor Isom and former Duke goalkeeper EJ Proctor.
Training is set to open on Feb. 19. Although the league's full schedule has not yet been released, play begins March 24 and Utah's home opener will be April 14 at Rio Tinto Stadium.