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Utah Royals Make Two Trades For Goalkeeper, First-Round Picks

Dec 12, 2023, 3:19 PM

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 11: Elyse Bennett #34 of OL Reign attempts a shot on goal as Mandy Haught #24 of NJ/NY Gotham FC blocks in the second half during the 2023 NWSL Championship at Snapdragon Stadium on November 11, 2023 in San Diego, California. The play was reviewed using Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was ruled a red card against Haught, resulting in a free kick for the OL Reign. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

(Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Royals FC were busy on Tuesday as they made two moves for goalkeeper Mandy Haught and two first-round picks.

The Washington Spirit traded Utah the No. 20 and No. 21 picks in the 2024 NWSL Draft for protection in the Expansion Draft.

The Royals have now given Expansion Draft protection to Washington, North Carolina, San Diego, and Orlando.

Utah added New Jersey/New York to that list with a trade for goalkeeper Mandy Haught.

The Royals traded $150,000 in Allocation Money and expansion draft protection for the 25-year-old goalie.

Royals Continue To Build Roster

Over the last month, Utah has made a lot of moves in free agency and with other teams to build up its roster.

It started on November 15 when the Royals traded with Orlando for former BYU Cougars star Mikayla Cluff.

Less than a week later, Utah picked up three players in two trades with North Carolina and San Diego.

RELATED: Utah Royals FC Adds Three Players Via Trades With North Carolina, San Diego

Then, the Royals turned to free agency where they signed Sandy, Utah native Michele Vasconcelos.

Before their most recent moves, the Royals signed defender Imani Dorsey.

The Royals will return to action in 2024. The league’s expansion draft will take place on Friday, December 15. Utah owns the No. 1 overall pick.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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