Utah Royals FC signed Dutch Youth International Dana Foederer

HERRIMAN, UTAH Friday, January 5, 2024) – Utah Royals FC today signed MF Dana Foederer for the 2024/25 National Women’s Soccer League seasons from Netherlands-based club Fortuna Sittard for an undisclosed fee. The Dutch youth international – becomes the 17th player on the 2024 expansion Utah side’s roster, with the upcoming NWSL Draft occurring on Jan. 12 and players reporting to preseason between Jan. 22-29. The NWSL will kick off its 2024 campaign Saturday, March 16. 

“I’m very very VERY excited to make this move, it feels like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Foederer, on the eve of saying goodbye to Fortuna Sittard during its winter break in the Netherlands. “Coming to the NWSL and to the Utah Royals represents the perfect chance to improve myself as player and as a human being. Everything in the U.S. football scene is bigger and better; the Utah facilities and the Royals home stadium are the best in the world, and I cannot wait to get to know the fans and be a part of the community.

“Obviously I’ve spoken with (Head Coach Amy Rodriguez), and I have a really good feeling about the chance to play for her. I’ve watched her play for the USA, as a player her level was amazing – she is a winner, pure and simple, she knows what it takes to win and all of us on the team will buy in to her vision and do everything we can to find success. I am sure we will all do anything to win, everything to support each other and to make the community proud.

“I consider myself a technical player, and I expect to fit in very well to her vision for how we want to play. I like to keep possession of the ball, we won’t just kick and run, there are so many reasons this is the perfect move for me to come play for the Utah Royals.”

A native of four professional seasons in the Netherlands, Foederer scored four goals in 48 first-division professional games with PSV, Heerenveen and Fortuna Sittard, playing primarily as either a defensive or two-way midfielder. In her 28 appearances for the Dutch U17, U19 and U20 national sides, Foederer – born July 27, 2002 in Veldhoven – boasts seven goals in 28 appearances for the KNVB.

“As we sprint towards the preseason, all of us in Utah are elated to add Dana to the group,” said URFC Sporting Director Kelly Cousins. “Again, each of these pieces will soon form a team, an entity where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts for 2024 and beyond. Dana’s experience as a youth international and as a young professional have created this opportunity for her continued growth and development, and we will depend on her excitement, work rate and expertise as we grow and evolve, on and off the pitch.”

Source: Utah Royals (rsl.com)

CEO Angela Verdoes has been granted the status of FIFA agent

As of October 1, 2023, a new FIFA Agent regulation will come into effect, allowing only FIFA Agents to represent athletes, coaches and work with clubs worldwide. Agents who are not approved will no longer be able to continue their activities.

“I am more than happy to share that I have passed the FIFA exam and have been granted the status of FIFA agent. I believe that the regulation of agent activity is extremely important and necessary, as the market was becoming more and more aggressive. I have always told everyone “Your talent is my priority” and I can now say that also after the first of October I can continue my journey to protect players and guide them to the top of their abilities. There are things in the new agent regulation that can and should be improved, but it is a very important first step in separating serious agents from non-serious ones.” 

Angela Verdoes
CEO Women’s Sports Agency



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