The Orlando Pride signed goalkeeper Carly Nelson, the club announced Sunday. The 24-year-old net-minder joins from FC Nordsjælland in Denmark.
"She’s a very talented goalkeeper with a few years of professional experience already under her belt, who will add even more competition amongst a very talented goalkeeper group," Orlando Pride head coach Seb Hines said in the club statement.
Nelson started her professional career in the National Women's Soccer League. She was originally signed by OL Reign, but the former Utah Ute made her professional debut with the Kansas City Current in 2021.
She played one game that season and recorded a shutout against the North Carolina Courage. Nelson spent the last two seasons on loan in Denmark with Nordsjælland and made 32 appearances in that time. She recorded nine shutouts in that time.
Nelson made 62 appearances at Utah, and she posted 23 career clean sheets. She earned All-Pac 12 honors in 2019 when she led the conference in clean sheets, saves and minutes played.
Orlando needed to add a goalkeeper after incumbent starter Erin McLeod retired from the NWSL this past week. Nelson joins a group led by English shot-stopper Anna Moorhouse and young American goalkeeper Kaylie Collins.
Moorhouse made two appearances in relief of McLeod last season. She allowed four goals and made nine saves in those starts.
The Pride begin training camp this week. The NWSL schedule has not yet been released.
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