Current trade for USWNT vet, former NWSL MVP Lynn Williams

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In its inaugural season, the renowned Kansas City Current scored the fewest goals and had the fewest assists in the National Women’s Football League.

The club, who finished 3-14-7, have managed just 15 goals and eight assists in 24 games. Racing Louisville FC have the second lowest number of goals (21) and assists (12).

But help is on the way after the Current traded for former NWSL MVP Lynn Williams, a veteran of the United States Women’s National Team and three-time NWSL champion.

“Courage has given me so much and has been my home for the past five years, but in order to grow you have to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone,” said Williams. “I am grateful to KC for giving me the opportunity to do this. I am excited about a new journey, with a new organization and to become the best Lynn I can be.

North Carolina Courage traded Williams, who won the NWSL MVP in 2016, with their second and fourth round picks in 2023 for Current’s 2023 first-round pick of goalie Katelyn Rowland. and $ 200,000 in stipend.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Lynn to the Current,” co-owner Chris Long said in a statement Monday, announcing the exchange. “Without a doubt, she is one of the most talented forwards in the world. Lynn is a game changer who has proven to be a dominant player in the NWSL and on the world stage. Kansas City is going to love watching her play.

The trade reunites Williams with former Courage midfielder Sam Mewis, who was acquired earlier during the offseason in a separate business.

Williams won the NWSL Golden Boot, tying with the league’s 11 best goals and adding five assists, and scored the tying goal in the 124th minute for the Western New York Flash in the 2016 NWSL Championship game. .

She joined the NWSL as the sixth overall pick for the Flash, which moved to North Carolina and became Courage after the 2016 season, in the 2015 Pepperdine University Draft.

Williams scored nine goals in 2017, a career-high 14 in 2018, 12 in 2019 and seven in 2021 with North Carolina. She spent the 2019-20 season on loan with the West Sydney Wanderers in Australia’s top soccer league.

Williams also helped Courage win the 2018 NWSL Championship.

His 57 career goals and 26 assists both rank second in NWSL history.

“It was important for us to have a proven goalscorer this offseason. Lynn Williams is quite simply one of the best strikers in the world, ”current director of football operations Huw Williams said in a statement. “We are absolutely delighted to add such a talented player to our club. We couldn’t be happier.”

From 2017 to 19, Williams also recorded five assists each season. She had two last season with Courage. She had two assists last season and also spent the last month on loan at Melbourne Victory in Australia’s Premier League.

Williams has scored 14 goals with 10 assists in 45 career appearances for the United States Women’s National Team.

Her too had a goal and an assist against the Netherlands to help the national team advance to the semi-finals last summer in Tokyo, where the American women won a bronze medal.

Rowland, who was drafted by FC Kansas City in 2015 and spent his first two professional seasons with the club, returned to Kansas City in a midseason trade with the Courage last season. She made 12 saves in four appearances for KC NWSL last season.

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