Erika Tymrak head shot for the Utah Royals FC.

Erika Tymrak Announces Retirement

Erika Tymrak, midfielder for the Utah Royals of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced her retirement in early January 2020.

Initially drafted 11th overall by the now defunct FC Kansas City in the inaugural 2013 NWSL College Draft, Tymrak earned Rookie of the Year honors in the same season. With Kansas City, Tymrak won two NWSL Championships in 2014 and 2015.

Tymrak joined the Utah Royals FC in 2018 after Kansas City ceased operations in November 2017 and player contracts were transferred to Utah. Tymrak appeared in 30 matches for Utah, scoring one goal and providing two assists.

In-between NWSL seasons, Tymrak went on loan to FC Bayern Munich in Germany’s Bundesliga and Melbourne City in Australia’s W-League.

Tymrak represented the United States at the U-17 level, finishing second at the 2008 U-17 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand. In 2013, she received a call-up to the senior U.S. Women’s National Team and made her debut against Mexico on September 3, 2013. Tymrak scored her first senior USWNT goal against Brazil in her second cap on November 10, 2013.

At the college level, Tymrak played for the University of Florida, appearing in 95 matches and scoring 32 goals for the Gators. In her senior year, Tymrak earned first team All-American honors and was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2012. Tymrak finished her collegiate career tied for third in assists, sixth in points, tied for seventh in game-winning goals (11), and eight in goals on the Gators’ career lists.