SANDY — For six of the seven Utah Royals FC players who are expected to represent their countries at this summer’s World Cup in France, the experience will be one they’ve each had at least once before.
Not that a return trip holds any less significance (and perhaps, in some cases, it could hold more given the challenge it is to get there), but for the seventh player, it’ll be not only her first time going, but it’ll be the debut for her country’s women’s team.
Stalwart center back Rachel Corsie was officially named earlier this week to the Scotland Women’s National Team for the World Cup, which will run from June 7-July 7 in France. Corsie’s selection came as no surprise given that she’s the captain of the team, but it’s an honor she’s had a hard time articulating over the past few months.
“As a math and numbers girl at school, finding the right words has always been a challenge, but this is a new level,” the chartered accountant (akin to a certified public accountant in the United States) wrote in a post on social media last month. “I genuinely do not know where to begin.”
A few days later at a press conference at Rio Tinto Stadium, she said, “It’s difficult to quantify and put into words.”
Not only will it be the SWNT’s first-ever World Cup appearance, but it’ll be Scotland’s first time in 21 years for either the men’s or women’s side. The last time the men’s team qualified was in 1998 when Corsie was 9 years-old
During that press conference last month, she said it “seems kind of fitting” that the 1998 World Cup and this one will have both been in France.
Even though it’ll be the SWNT’s first-ever berth in the cup, Corsie insisted that her squad isn’t just happy to be going.
“We don’t want to just go there and make up the numbers,” she said. “We want to go and make a good account of ourselves. We know that there’s a chance, if we can progress from the group stages, then it’s a game at a time.”
The plan is that Corsie will play for URFC Sunday on the road against the defending National Women’s Soccer League champion North Carolina Courage, and then she’ll report to her national team in preparation for a sendoff match in Scotland against Jamaica on May 28.Comment on this story
“The culture back home is that you represent your country as a reflection of how well you represent your club team, and so for me, I want to always give my best here, and the reward is I get to be selected for my country,” she said last month.
As much as Corsie intends to focus, compete and soak up the World Cup experience, she said she’ll be eager to return back here to finish the NWSL season.
“For me, it’s unfortunate that I have to miss games for my club because obviously you never want to do that but it’s the nature of the league,” she said, “and so as soon as we’re back, it’ll be straight back into Royals mode.”