ORLANDO, Fla. (May 3, 2016) - Orlando Pride has filled its 20th and final roster spot, signing Brazilian-American midfielder Leah Fortune. Per team and league policies, details of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are delighted to have signed Leah. She came into preseason well-prepared and her work ethic and professionalism have been evident from day one,” said Orlando Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni. “With her ability to play effectively at numerous positions, Leah is going to add even greater flexibility to our squad.”
A dual-citizen, Fortune was born to American parents in Sāo Paolo, Brazil and has featured for the Brazilian Women’s National Team on the youth and senior levels. She played collegiately at the University of Texas in 2009 and 2010, later transferring to Lee University, where she served as team captain her junior and senior seasons. In 2011, Fortune led Lee to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship and was named a First Team All-American with the Lady Flames.
Gaining notoriety for her “flip-throw”, Fortune featured with the Charlotte Lady Eagles of the W-League in 2015. There, Leah finished second in the league in points (33) and goals (13), with her seven assists the most in the league.