With less than 72 hours before the 2016 NWSL Draft kicked off, a major three-club trade was announced between Houston, FCKC and WNY Flash.
There are a lot of moving pieces in this deal, so lets take it from the top.
In the first part of the deal, FCKC acquired Jessica McDonald and Tiffany McCarty from the Houston Dash for a 2016 international roster spot and the 8th pick in Friday’s draft.
FCKC then traded Jessica McDonald, an international roster spot for 2016 and 2017, and their second-round pick in the 2017 NWSL Draft to the WNY Flash for Sydney Leroux.
Houston then announced the signing of Brazillian defender Poliana filling the international roster spot they acquired from FCKC.
Leroux finally headed to Kansas City
Leroux’s intentions to join FCKC was first reported by The Equalizer back in April 2015 after she was traded from Seattle to the Flash. Leroux inquired about being traded to FCKC so she could be in the same city with her now husband, Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer; instead she was traded to the Flash.
Leroux continued to show up in Kansas City to support her husband’s matches with Sporting, and the couple even ended up getting married in downtown Kansas City.
It wasn’t until Amy Rodriguez announced she is expecting her second child that the possibility of Leroux joining FCKC came back into the forefront.
With a need to fill Rodriguez’s spot up top, a forward had to be FCKC’s major concern during the offseason and Leroux was the perfect fit.
“We are very excited to add one of the most energetic strikers in the world to our team,” FCKC’s Director of Soccer Operations and General Manager Huw Williams said about Leroux. “We think her abilities will blend very well with our system and anticipate that she will be an important cog in helping us attain our goal for the three-peat.”
Trade Breakdown (who goes where)
Houston Dash: FCKC’s 1st round pick (#8) in this year’s draft, 2016 International Roster Spot from FCKC
FCKC: Sydney Leroux, Tiffany McCarty
WNY Flash: Jessica McDonald, 2016 and 2017 International Spot from FCKC, FCKC’s 2nd round pick in the 2017 draft.