The North Carolina Courage, the NWSL's runaway leader, has added another star in former U.S. women’s national team standout Heather O’Reilly
, whose NWSL rights were
acquired in a deal with the Utah Royals.
The Courage will also get a 2019 NWSL College Draft natural second-round pick in exchange for Makenzy Doniak
and a natural third-round pick
in the 2019 draft.
O'Reilly, who starred at the University of North Carolina, spent the last two seasons in England with Arsenal.
“Heather is a massive addition
to our squad,” said Courage head coach Paul Riley
. “Her temperament, work ethic, experience, skill and ability will enable her to make an immediate impact in Courage
Country. Excited to finally coach her and I look forward to the positivity, influence and charisma she brings to every locker room. Every team in NWSL is getting stronger and it’s important we
continue to grow, move forward and improve our performances. I think Heather adds to our style and culture and I know she will be very popular with our fan base.”
O'Reilly won an NWSL
title in 2015 with FC Kansas City. She began her NWSL career with Boston.