The Utah Royals on Tuesday added four players, thanks to a team in the National Women's Soccer League folding.
On Sunday, the league announced that the Boston Breakers have ceased operations immediately, necessitating a dispersal draft. The Royals took the opportunity to select goalkeeper Abby Smith (fifth pick), forward Katie Stengel (14th), defender Brooke Elby (23rd) and midfielder Amanda DaCosta (32nd).
Smith was second in the NWSL last season in saves with 85, just behind FC Kansas City's Nicole Barnhart. The Royals hold Barnhart's rights, but have not yet announced if she will be joining the team. Smith also finished with three shutouts in 2017.
Stengel has played in the NWSL for two seasons, having joined the Breakers partway through 2017 after starting her career in the league with the Washington Spirit. Previous to that, she played professionally for FC Bayern Munich in Germany.
Elby was also with the Breakers for two seasons after a stint in Australia with the Melbourne Victory. DaCosta announced in August that she would be retiring, but Utah will hold her rights should she decide to return to the league.
The Royals will begin training camp on Feb. 19. The season opens March 24 and Utah's home opener will be on April 14.