One of the more notable players the Utah Royals gained rights to when the franchise moved to the Beehive State from Kansas City was United States Women's National Team standout Sydney Leroux.
Given the facts that her husband, Dom Dwyer, plays for Orlando City SC of MLS, and that the couple has a toddler son, it was initially unclear whether or not Leroux would make the move to Salt Lake City.
On Friday, the Royals announced that they have traded Leroux to the NWSL's Orlando franchise, the Pride. In exchange, Utah received a pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.
Born in Canada, Leroux has been a USWNT fixture since first appearing in 2011, scoring 35 goals in 75 appearances.
She has been in the NWSL since its beginning in 2013. She played for three different teams the first three years, including the Seattle Reign in 2014, which was led by now-Royals head coach Laura Harvey.
"Sydney Leroux is one of the world's best forwards," Harvey said upon acquiring Leroux. "She is a young, extraordinary talent with unlimited upside."
Leroux was with FC Kansas City for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, missing the first campaign, as she was pregnant with her son.
Utah will open training camp on Feb. 19. The season opens March 24 and Utah's home opener will be on April 14.