Ahead of the Orlando Pride’s match against the Houston Dash Thursday, the club announced a trade with the Western New York Flash. On Tuesday, Pride midfielder Lianne Sanderson was traded for one international spot for the remainder of the 2016 season and one for each of the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
“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,” Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said, per the release. “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.”
In eight games played with three starts, Sanderson recorded two goals, an assist and 419 minutes of playing time. The 28-year-old was selected No. 7 overall in the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft.
“I love this city. It is a special place,” Sanderson said, per the report. “I want to thank the amazing fans for embracing me and who I am. I am excited for what is ahead for me, and I wish the team the best of luck for the future.”
The Pride (4-5-0, 12 points) are on a three-game losing streak entering Thursday’s game against Houston.