15 players currently under contract heading into new NWSL season

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2022) – San Diego Wave Fútbol Club has announced its initial roster decisions ahead of the 2023 National Women’s Soccer League season.

New contracts have been extended to defenders Kaleigh Riehl and Madison Pogarch.

Contract options will be exercised for forward Amirah Ali, midfielder Belle Briede, and defender Mia Gyau running through 2023.

The club is mutually exercising a contract option with forward Makenzy Doniak, who is a free agent. Forward Jodie Taylor also enters the end-of-season process as a free agent.

Forward Jackie Altschuld, defender Taylor Hansen, forward Katie Johnson, goalkeeper Melissa Lowder and midfielder Sydney Pulver are all out of contract and will not be returning in 2023. The club has chosen not to exercise contract options for defender Kayla Bruster and midfielder Marleen Schimmer. San Diego Wave FC thanks these players for their time and commitment to the club and wishes them the best in their future endeavors.

“I would like to thank Katie, Melissa, Taylor, Kayla, Jackie, Marleen and Sydney for their incredible hard work this season and for everything they have done on and off the field that hugely contributed to the team’s success. They will forever be a part of Wave FC’s history.”
Casey Stoney, San Diego Wave FC Head Coach

Wave FC has 15 players currently under contract heading into the 2023 NWSL season:

Goalkeepers: Kailen Sheridan, Carly Telford
Forwards: Amirah Ali, Sofia Jakobsson, Alex Morgan, Jaedyn Shaw
Midfielders: Belle Briede, Taylor Kornieck, Kristen McNabb, Kelsey Turnbow, Emily Van Egmond
Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper, Mia Gyau, Naomi Girma, Christen Westphal

Be there for every moment of Wave FC’s 2023 campaign with Season Tickets and make your deposit today. Season Ticket members enjoy a one-of-a-kind game day experience at the new Snapdragon Stadium with an array of benefits like exclusive events, gifts, discounts and more. Supporters should stay tuned on club social media and at sandiegowavefc.com for additional player updates and information on the upcoming season.

About San Diego Wave Fútbol Club

San Diego Wave Fútbol Club is the 12th and newest member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The club’s vision is to be a force for good through the game of football and is led by President Jill Ellis, former head coach of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) and two-time World Cup champion. Together with Head Coach Casey Stoney, the club is bringing the highest level of world-class, professional soccer to San Diego. USWNT standouts Alex Morgan and Abby Dahlkemper were two of the first players signed to the club, which consists of athletes representing five international soccer federations, including the US, Canada, Sweden, England and Australia. The new Snapdragon stadium serves as Wave FC’s permanent home, where San Diego broke the record for both the NWSL Playoff attendance record and the NWSL regular-season record, with 26,215 and 32,000 fans. Wave FC also made history in 2022 as the first expansion team to make the playoffs before advancing to the NWSL Semi-Final. As the team looks towards next season, supporters can make season ticket deposits for Wave FC’s 2023 season now. Learn more about the club and players at www.SanDiegoWaveFC.com.



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