Thursday, December 9, 2010
Ali Riley heads east, joins WPS's Flash
By Scott French
Ali Riley, the Rookie of the Year in Women's Professional Soccer, has a new club.
Riley (Pacific Palisades/Harvard-Westlake School), a left back out of Stanford University who plays for New Zealand's national team, agreed to contract terms Thursday with the expansion Western New York Flash, which will play in Buffalo and Rochester.
Riley became a free agent when WPS champion FC Gold Pride folded last month.
Gold Pride's other starting outside back, Kandace Wilson (Los Angeles/Walnut HS and Cal State Fullerton), and star forward Christine Sinclair, a Canadian national-teamer, also agreed to terms with the Flash.
The club also is bringing in former L.A. Sol midfielder Brittany Bock and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, both of whom played last season for Washington. Forward Kelley O'Hara, Riley's former roommate and teammate at Stanford and with the Gold Pride, signed with the Boston Breakers.