The Connecticut Fusion announced Tuesday it had signed its first six players for its inaugural United Women’s Soccer season.

The signings includes defender Kylee McIntosh, midfielders Stephanie Santos, Hayley Nolan and Sierra Stone, midfielder-forward Tori Sousa and forward Chanel Johnson.

Four players have prior UWS experience, having played for the New England Mutiny.

“We are happy with our initial group of players, from a competitive standpoint,” co-managing director JP Dellacamera said. “All played at a high level locally, and a few of these players have had extensive playing experience beyond college. Together with co-managing director Shep Messing, head coach Tom D’Agostino, and general manager JP DiTommaso, we will be signing other players soon, with several coming from our open tryouts.”

McIntosh attended Marist College, where she was team captain and collected numerous accolades including All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors. She is a former member of the Mutiny and is a coach at Academica Futebol Club.

Santos, a Portuguese international, competed for two years with Southern Connecticut State University before finishing her collegiate career with at University of Hartford Hawks. Another former Mutiny player, Santos was a UWS first team selection in 2016.

Nolan, a junior at the University of Hartford, is coming off of two consecutive seasons being named to America East All-Conference second Team as she enters her first UWS season. She played with the Republic of Ireland youth national team.

A sophomore at Hartford, Stone recorded three goals and six assists as a freshman earning, America East co-rookie of the year honors. Stone, who also will make her league debut, also was named the 2017 America East midfielder of the year.

Sousa played at the University of Massachusetts and Central Connecticut State University. She also is former Mutiny played and has perfromed overseas in Scotland. She coaches at the FSA Football Club in Farmington, Conn.

A four-year player at Hartford, Johnson was awarded the 2013-14 striker of the year award for the America East. She also has played for the Mutiny, Boston Breaker reserves and Sunnanå SK of Sweden.

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