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W League players set to compete in TST Women’s Tournament

By Staff, 06/05/24, 2:45PM EDT


Four W League players will compete for $1 million prize

Four W League players have been named to four different squads for the inaugural TST Women’s Tournament set to begin on June 7 in Cary, NC. Tessa Dellarose (Racing Louisville FC), Momo Nakao (South Georgia Tormenta FC), Adelaide Gay (Asheville City SC) and Mariah Lee (FC Olympia) will compete for a chance to win the $1 million cash prize. 

The 7v7 tournament originated last year and was played between 31 men's teams and one women’s team headlined by USWNT star Heather O’Reilly. The support for the women’s team led to the addition of a separate women’s bracket in the competition with an equal cash prize as the men’s. Eight total teams will compete in the women’s tournament.  

Tessa Dellarose will be the only W League player to join the US Women’s team as it makes its return to the tournament this year. Dellarose is a defender for the UNC Tar Heels and Racing Louisville FC, which she has played every minute for this season. Dellarose has also made multiple appearances for the US U-20 Youth National Team. 

Momo Nakao will play for Streetball FC Canada in the tournament. Nakao joined South Georgia Tormenta FC this summer after playing three seasons at the University of Memphis and on the U-16, U-17, and U-19 Japanese National Teams. The midfielder has started in all four matches played and has recorded two goals for Tormenta. 

Adelaide Gay is joining SoccerHead FC in the TST tournament after making five starts in her first season with Asheville City SC. She has recorded three shutouts this summer for Asheville, which currently sits in second place in the South Central Division. Gay has multiple years of professional experience playing for clubs in Iceland and in the NWSL. 

Former Stanford and Wake Forest standout Mariah Lee is set to join Angel City 7s in the tournament. Lee was named the 2023 W League Northwest Divisional Player of the Year after leading FC Olympia to the playoffs, and most recently scored in her debut back with the team in May. 

The US Women, Streetball FC Canada and Angel City 7s are all in Group A, with the first match kicking off at noon on Friday, June 7. The women’s semifinals and championship will be available to watch on ESPN+. 

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