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NC Courage draft pick Ally Watt signs with Australia’s Melbourne City

Melbourne City has three regular season matches remaining in W-League play.

Texas A&M product Ally Watt exits the stage after being selected sixth overall in the 2020 NWSL Draft by the North Carolina Courage in Baltimore, Maryland. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)

The 2020 National Women’s Soccer League season doesn’t kick off until April 18, but one player recently drafted into the league won’t wait until then to start her professional career.

Melbourne City FC of Australia’s W-League announced Thursday it had signed North Carolina Courage draft pick Ally Watt for the remainder of the season. Watt was drafted sixth overall by the defending NWSL champs out of Texas A&M just a few weeks ago in Baltimore, Maryland.

Watt, 22, has already began training with Melbourne. She has not yet signed a contract with the Courage.

“Ally brings great pace and goal scoring prowess to our attacking third,” Melbourne City FC director of football Michael Petrillo said in a statement. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome her for the remainder of the season as we look to secure silverware. (head coach Rado Vidosic) and his team have done an exceptional job in the first 10 rounds of the season and now as a club, we’re determined to transform that into success as the remaining fixtures of the season and finals quickly approach us.

“Ally’s inclusion is a massive boost to our attacking stocks and to our depth as we head into this crucial stage.”

Melbourne City has just three games remaining in its regular season — Feb. 13, Feb. 20 and March 1. The club sits at the top of the W-League table with an 8-1-0 record and 25 points. Should Melbourne City make the league’s Grand Final, it will be played March 21 or 22.

Watt could still be offered a roster spot with the Courage, but she’ll likely miss a good chunk of preseason camp if Melbourne makes a deep playoff run. NWSL preseason camps open on March 9.

“I’m extremely excited to get started at Melbourne City FC,” Watt said in a statement from the club. “The team has had a really strong start to the season and I’m looking forward to doing everything I can to play my role and have an influence in the second half of the season.

“I’m a footballer that loves to use my pace.”

A speedy forward, Watt scored 49 goals over her collegiate career at Texas A&M and was named All-SEC three times. She has also represented the U.S. on the youth national team level, scoring twice in the 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup.

“Ally scored a lot of goals in Texas,” Courage head coach Paul Riley said after the draft. “The expectation is she’ll come in – and, you know, she’s very Lynn Williams-esque for me. She can get behind, she can stretch teams, she causes problems, she’s powerful, she’s strong and she likes to take chances in the box. I love that kind of forward. I think she’ll be dynamic for us.”

Watt will join Reign FC defender Lauren Barnes as the Americans on Melbourne’s roster.

She isn’t the only Courage player to star in the W-League this season. Lynn Williams, Denise O’Sullivan and Kristen Hamilton have played for Western Sydney Wanderers on-loan, and Kaleigh Kurtz has featured for Canberra United. Hamilton has tallied five goals and two assists in nine matches.




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