With the news of German international goalkeeper and 2013 FIFA Player of the Year Nadine Angerer signing with Portland earlier today, fans knew Karina LeBlanc’s time as a Thorn was coming to an end, but it didn’t take too long. The Chicago Red Stars just announced they’ve acquired the Canadian international in exchange for their second round pick in next year’s NWSL draft.
“Karina is an important piece for us because she is a proven winner,” remarked Head Coach Rory Dames. “Her experience in winning a championship will be very important for our young team this year.”
LeBlanc ranked second in the NWSL last season amongst goalkeepers with 92 saves and finished with 7 shutouts in 21 appearances.
“We’re thrilled to bring in someone with Karina’s veteran playing experience as well as the rapport she has carried with fans throughout her career,” stated Red Stars General Manager Alyse LaHue. “She’s an extraordinary addition for us on and off the field.”
The Red Stars had a hole to fill in goal after last year’s starting goalkeeper and fellow Canadian international Erin McLeod was traded to Houston last week in exchange for Melissa Tancredi.