Former Albertson Soccer Club standout Shannon Horgan has signed a national team replacement contract with the North Carolina Courage, it was announced Friday.
As per club policy, no further details of the transaction was disclosed.
Horgan has been training with the team since the preseason. She joined the club as Abby Dahlkemper, Rockville Centre, N.Y. native Crystal Dunn, Jessica McDonald and Sam Mewis were named to the U.S. Women’s World Cup roster and are unavailable for selection for club games possibly through mid-July.
Horgan is no stranger to Courage head coach Paul Riley as she played under him for Albertson Soccer Club in the Elite Clubs National League.
“Shannon is a tremendous athlete with a gifted left foot,” Riley said. “In the short time she has been here she has really progressed and her versatility will make her a valuable addition to the squad. Her speed, strength and ability one on one makes her ideal for our player profile.”
She attended Clemson University where she was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference all-freshman team and attended the U.S. Under-20 national team training camp during her freshman year.
Horgan logged nearly 4,000 minutes during her college career. She was invited to two U-23 U.S. national team camps in 2017 before playing for Lidkoping FC in Sweden in 2018. Horgan logged 1,430 minutes in 17 games and scored four goals.
Defender Peyton Perea also signed a similar contract.
Perea is familiar with the area after playing four seasons at Wake Forest University under head coach Tony DaLuz. The midfielder started 53 games for the Demon Deacons and played alongside Courage defender Ally Haran for three years. She had 12 goals and five assists in her college career. Perea started every game of her senior season for 1,804 minutes. She totaled 4,466 total minutes in four years.
“Peyton has pedigree, excellent soccer IQ, and a calming presence on the field,” Riley said. “She is great positionally and her range of passing is second to none. She has adjusted well to the speed of the professional game and with a big part of our midfield leaving for the World Cup she will be vital in plugging those holes.”