December 14, 2010

Western New York Building Fast with Signings

Although there has been some bad news for WPS lately, it's full steam ahead for the league's newest entry, the Western New York Flash. The Flash announced three more signings today, after adding four players last week. Midfielder McCall Zerboni, defender Candace Chapman, and goalkeeper Brittany Cameron are the newest members of the expansion Flash.

Zerboni, a 2009 draft choice of the Los Angeles Sol, has three career assists. After spending the 2009 season as primarily a reserve for the Sol, she moved into the starters role for the Atlanta Beat in 2010. Zerboni played her college soccer at UCLA.

Chapman, a defender for the Canadian National Team, spent 2009 with the Boston Breakers, before moving to FC Gold Pride as a starting defender in 2010. She started 21 matches for the 2010 WPS champions.

Cameron was selected by Los Angeles out of the University of San Diego and spent 2009 as a developmental goalkeeper. She moved up to the role of backup for FC Gold Pride in 2010, starting three matches for them, winning all three and earning one shutout.

Western New York had already signed three other Gold Pride players in Christine Sinclair, Ali Riley, and Kandace Wilson. Wilson and Riley were the starting outside backs for the 2010 champions, while Sinclair was their second leading scorer with 10 goals. Riley, a member of the New Zealand National Team, was WPS 2010 Rookie of the Year. Sinclair is Canada's all-time leading scorer.

Other signings include multi-dimensional Brittany Bock, who has spent time with both Los Angeles and Washington, and Ashlyn Harris, who was drafted by Saint Louis and then signed by Washington in 2010. Harris started 9 games for Washington after Erin McLeod went down with injury and she posted a 1.11 goals against average with four shutouts.

The Flash chose two players, Beverly Goebel and Kaley Fountain, in the expansion draft. Goebel was a 2010 draft choice for Washington and scored one goal while playing 16 games for the Freedom and starting 9. Fountain was drafted by Gold Pride, later signing as a free agent for the Atlanta Beat.