NWSL News of Note: Ali Riley and Erin McCleod Signed By Orlando Pride

In this update:

  • Ali Riley and Erin McLeod Return
  • 2020 Thorns Spring Invitational Schedule Announced
  • Signings, Re-Signings, and Retirements


Ali Riley and Erin McLeod Return

The Orlando Pride announced two key signings last week:  New Zealand international Ali Riley and Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who is retired from international soccer.

The 32 year-old Riley joined Orlando from Bayern Munich.  Allocation money was used for her salary as well as “to acquire” her (which suggests a modest transfer fee)

Both Riley, who played collegiately for Stanford, and McLeod were signed to one year contracts with options for a second year.


Signings, Re-Signings, and Retirements

Earlier, former Chicago Red Stars assistant Craig Harrington was announced as the Utah Royals FC’s new head coach (RSL.com, sltrib.com).

Reign FC’s Beverly (Goebel) Yanez announced her retirement after ten years of playing professionally (ReignFC.com).

The Reign also re-signed Wales international Jess Fishlock via a two-year contract (ReignFC.com).  And, back in January, they also re-signed English international Jodie Taylor for one year (ReignFC.com).

Sky Blue FC re-signed Imani Dorsey for one year, with an option for another year (SkyBlueFC.com).

Earlier, Sky Blue’s Jen Hoy announced her retirement (SkyBlueFC.com).


2020 Thorns Spring Invitational Schedule Announced

All matches will be played at Providence Park this year.  Schedule:

Sunday, March 29
Reign FC vs. U.S. U-23 WNT at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific)
Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars at 5 p.m. (Pacific)

Wednesday, April 1
Chicago Red Stars vs. Reign FC at 5 p.m. (Pacific)
Thorns FC vs. U.S. U-23 WNT at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Saturday, April 4
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars at 5 p.m. (Pacific)
Thorns FC vs. Reign FC at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific)

(Timbers.com, USSoccer.com)