Two days ahead of the National Women’s Soccer League’s College Draft, two-time defending champion FC Kansas City announced that it acquired forwards Sydney Leroux and Tiffany McCarty through trades with the Western New York Flash and the Houston Dash, respectively.
In exchange for McCarty and Jessica McDonald, the Blues sent the No. 8 pick in the draft and an international roster spot to the Dash. Then they traded McDonald and a second-round pick in the 2017 draft to Western New York for Leroux.
The trade was meant to strengthen the team’s front line, which is short two stars following Lauren Holiday’s retirement and Amy Rodriguez’s pregnancy announcement. Defender Amy LePeilbet also retired during the offseason.
“They are big names, but they are good players too, which is by far the most important thing for us,” general manager Huw Williams said. “With retirements we had to do something, and even without that, these two players would help any team.”
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This will be the fourth team in as many years for Leroux, who played three games and scored once for the Flash before a season-ending ankle injury. She has made 75 appearances and scored 35 goals with the U.S. women’s national team and was part of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup squad.
The move also unites her with her husband, Dom Dwyer, who plays for Sporting KC.
“I’m thrilled to be playing in Kansas City, a place that my husband and I call home,” Leroux said in a statement. “FC Kansas City is an organization with a history of excellence and fans who are passionate and loyal. I couldn’t be more excited to join FCKC as we work towards a third consecutive NWSL championship.”
McCarty was selected by Houston in the 2014 NWSL draft and has five goals in 30 appearances. She also has national-team experience as part of the under-17, under-18, under-20 and under-23 teams.
The NWSL draft will take place at 9 a.m. Friday in Baltimore.