Portland signs Angerer, trades LeBlanc

[NWSL 2014 COUNTDOWN] To make room for 2013 FIFA Women's Player of the Year Nadine Angerer, signed on Monday only hours before the Ballon d'Or ceremonies in Zurich, the NWSL champion Portland Thorns FC have traded starting Canadian goalie Karina LeBlanc to Chicago.

Thorns FC will get a second-round pick in the 2015 College Draft from the Red Stars for the 33-year-old LeBlanc, who finished the inaugural NWSL season with a league-leading 11 wins.

Angerer, 35, beat out Abby Wambach and Marta, both former Women's Players of the Year, for the FIFA 2013 award. She stopped a penalty kick in each half to help Germany to its sixth consecutive UEFA Women’s Championship with a 1-0 victory over Norway in the final.

“To be able to sign one of the best goalkeepers in women’s soccer illustrates how serious we are about being one of the top clubs in the world,” Thorns FC head coach Paul Riley said in a statement. “Nadine is exceptional in just about every category -- shot saving, footwork, crosses, organization, knowledge and experience. We are honored to have Nadine on our roster and she will be a critical addition in our goal to host and win the NWSL championship.”

Angerer, who left FFC Frankfurt after the 2012-13 season and has been playing this winter in Australia, was also named the Best Goalkeeper at the 2007 Women’s World Cup in which she did not concede a goal in six games.

Women's Players of the Year
Mia Hamm (2001-02)
Birgit Prinz (2003-05)
Marta (2006-10)
Homare Sawa (2011)
Abby Wambach (2012)
Nadine Angerer (2013)

-- Thorns FC also acquired midfielder Sinead Farrelly from FC Kansas City in exchange for the 16th overall selection in Friday's College Draft. The former Virginia star is currently playing on loan to Apollon in Cyprus.

“Sinead is a versatile player and was one of the best box-to-box midfielders in WPS,” Riley said. “She is smooth, intelligent and has an engine second to none. Having coached her before, I know her strengths and she brings a lot to the table and will be a great addition to our 2014 team."

DASH DEALS. The expansion Houston Dash acquired goalkeeper Bianca Henninger and forward Stephanie Ochs in deals announced on Monday.

Henninger, who was acquired for the Dash's third-round selection in the College Draft, recently was on loan to Bayern Munich in Germany’s Frauen-Bundesliga. The former Santa Clara star played two games for Kansas City in 2013.

Ochs, 23, was acquired in a deal that sent former UCLA forward Danesha Adams to Washington.
 
Ochs is currently on loan to Canberra United of the W-League in Australia, where she has four goals in seven games. She was the only member of the Spirit to play in all 22 matches of the 2013 NWSL season.

Adams scored three goals for Sky Blue FC in 2013 before being taken in last week's Expansion Draft.

Updated: 2014 NWSL College Draft:
Round 1
1 - Washington
2 - Houston
3 - Chicago
4 - Chicago
5 - FC Kansas City
6 - Sky Blue FC
7 - Seattle
8 - Boston
9 - Western NY
 
Round 2
10 - Houston
11 - Portland
12 - FC Kansas City
13 - Boston
14 - Western NY
15 - Sky Blue FC
16 - FC Kansas City (from Portland)
17 - Seattle
18 - Western NY

Round 3
19 - FC Kansas City (from Houston)
20 - FC Kansas City
21 - Boston
22 - Chicago
23 - Boston
24 - Sky Blue FC
25 - Portland
26 - Washington
27 - Western NY
 
Round 4
28 - Houston
29 - Washington
30 - Seattle
31 - Washington
32 - Boston
33 - Sky Blue FC
34 - Portland
35 - FC Kansas City
36 - Western NY
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