The Utah Royals announced player comings and goings Monday, adding defender Taylor Leach to the squad while confirming the retirement of midfielder Erika Tymrak.
Tymrak was part of the National Women’s Soccer League’s first rookie class, and she was picked in the second round by FC Kansas City after playing at the college level for the University of Florida.
After a six goal, four assist season, Tymrak was named the league’s first Rookie of the Year. She won the NWSL Championship with the club in 2014 and 2015, and remained with Kansas City until the club folded in 2017 with loan stints in Germany with Bayern Munich and Australia with Melbourne City in between.
She joined the Royals after Kansas City’s player contracts were transferred to the Royals. Tymrak played for the club during its first two seasons in the NWSL. Tymrak retires with 125 league appearances, and additionally earned three caps with the United States women’s national team.
7 years. 2 NWSL Championships. 1 WLeague Championship. Countless setbacks. Even more victories. Memories I will keep in my heart forever. The beautiful game has blessed me greatly. But it’s time to start the next chapter in life. THANKYOU to my parents, coaches, teammates & fans. pic.twitter.com/Z8zoNnTwK0
— Erika Tymrak (@eTYMrak) January 6, 2020
“Seven years, two NWSL championships, one WLeague championship, countless setbacks, even more victories. Memories I will keep in my heart forever. The beautiful game has blessed me greatly. But it’s time to start the next chapter in life. THANK YOU to my parents, coaches, teammates and fans,” Tymrak wrote in a Twitter post.
The Royals completed a busy Monday, which started with the official departure of head coach Laura Harvey, with the signing of Leach.
The defender will allow the team more depth in the position, with general manager Stephanie Lee noting in a club statement that the team needed a replacement for Sam Johnson, who retired in June.
The team additionally deals consistently with Becky Sauerbrunn’s absences while on national team duty, occasionally leaving them short on options in the backline.
Leach arrives after spending four years in Sweden, most recently with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. She was part of the Göteborg team that qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in five years, making her tournament debut this season. She previously played for Östersunds DFF and Sunnanå SK, and played college soccer at the University of South Carolina.