Matildas duo Katrina Gorry and Emily van Egmond are headed back to the United States for the 2018 NWSL season.
Utah Royals FC announced they had signed Gorry this morning while van Egmond will also make her return to the NWSL for Orlando Pride after both spent four seasons away from the competition.
“Katrina is a player that I have watched for a few years now, she has experience of playing in the U.S. with FC Kansas City, said head coach Laura Harvey.
“Since she was here, she has gone away and developed her game further, and now together we felt it was the right time for her to come back to the league.
"Katrina has proven she can play anywhere in the world and I’m excited to get her back to the NWSL,” she said.
Gorry won an NWSL title in 2014 when playing for FC Kansas City, appearing in 10 matches and scoring one goal.
Meanwhile, van Egmond will mark her return to the NWSL with Pride after previous stints with Western New York Flash, Seattle Regin and Chicago Red Stars.
“Emily is high-quality, creative midfield player with a determined and winning attitude, and the ability to get forward and score goals,” Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said.
“She also brings vast international experience to our squad, even though she’s only 24 years old. With World Cup, Olympic and Champions League experience, she is another strong addition to the Pride. We are thrilled to welcome her,” he said.
Prior to her move to Newcastle for the recent W-League season, van Egmond spent two seasons in Germany, playing for 1. FFC Frankfurt and WfL Wolfsburg.
Both players will join their teams after their Asian Cup campaign with the Matildas.