Former Bayern Munich and current NWSL and W-League star, Katie Stengel, has joined Canberra United on a one-year loan from Utah Royals.
Stengel has a huge amount of W-League and international experience, becoming a familiar face during spells at Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers.
Her pedigreed international career started through the US youth national teams and emerged in the Frauen Bundesliga, before she garnered success with current NWSL club Utah.
Another striker in Canberra's arsenal, she joins the highly experienced likes of Leena Khamis and Elise Thorsnes in what is quickly becoming a W-League strikeforce for the ages.
“I’m really excited for the upcoming Westfield W-League season,” Stengel said.
“Canberra has been a dangerous side for years, Heather told me this is the place to
be and I’m looking forward to working with her and the team this year.”
At 27, Stengel is now in her physical and mental peak, with her last campaign for the Jets totalling a whopping 13 goals in 18 games.
She's competed for the W-League golden boot in practically every season she's been here, but her toughest challenge may be leading a top-heavy Canberra side with a wealth of experience up front, but comparatively little in the backline.
While United boast a Norwegian World Cup star, one of the W-League's all time top scorers and now one of the strongest forwards in the competition, their backline and most of their midfield (so far) is almost entirely NPLW talent.
With goals the side's major weakness last term and considering Stengel is a former of Heather Garriock's subjects, the Canberra coach is still extremely excited to add another international talent to her forward line.
“Having coached against Katie in the Westfield W-League and seeing what she’s
capable of, I’m very glad she’s on our roster this year,” Garriock said.
“Katie has just come off a fantastic season with the Utah Royals and her goal scoring
record in all competitions speaks for itself.
“She’s very strong on the ball and is both left and right-footed and I think our fans are
going to enjoy watching her this season.”