ORLANDO, Fla. (June 21, 2016) – Orlando Pride has acquired an international roster spot, one for the remainder of the 2016 season and the 2017 and 2018 seasons, from the Western New York Flash in exchange for midfielder Lianne Sanderson, the Club announced today.
“Lianne approached us looking for a new opportunity and I am happy we were able to accommodate her request and come to a mutually-beneficial deal for the Pride, the Flash and, of course, Lianne,” said Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni. “We want to thank Lianne for all she has contributed to the Club and the city of Orlando on and off the field, especially in light of recent events. Both personally and professionally I’d like to wish her great success in Rochester.”
Sanderson, 28, was selected No. 7 overall in the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft. In eight appearances, Sanderson totaled two goals and an assist.
“I love this city; it is a special place. I want to thank the amazing fans for embracing me and who I am,” Sanderson said. “I am excited for what is ahead for me and I wish the team the best of luck for the future.”
Orlando hosts two matches at Camping World Stadium this week, first welcoming the Houston Dash at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 23. The Pride will also host Portland Thorns FC at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 26.