The Orlando Pride are adding international prowess to their defense.
On Tuesday, the team announced the signing of Australian women’s national team defender Laura Alleway. She has been signed as a discovery player. Team and league policies do not allow for details of the contract to be disclosed.
“Laura is a player that I have rated highly for many years, and [I’m] very happy to be bringing to the NWSL,” Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said. “She is a dominant defender who is now firmly established in the Australian national team. We will be looking to Laura to add more depth and experience to our back line, and are very excited for her to arrive in Orlando.”
The 26-year-old most recently played with Melbourne City FC of Australia’s Westfield W-League. In Melbourne, Alleway played alongside Pride teammate Steph Catley on the way to an undefeated championship season.
In 2010, Alleway earned her first international cap, playing under Sermanni, and scored twice. She played in all five of Australia’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, eventually falling to Japan.
IF YOU GO | Orlando City Foundation event
The season is now in full swing following Orlando City’s season-opening 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake. In the meantime, the Orlando City Foundation is doing its own work. Here are the details of its latest event:
WHAT: Orlando City Foundation will unveil its second mini pitch at the Frontline Outreach Youth and Family Center.
WHY: Mini pitches provide a playable space for organized soccer at lesser costs and in smaller areas, making them particularly attractive in inner cities. Students will benefit from the foundation’s “Soccer for Success” program—a free after-school program that uses soccer as a tool to address children’s health issues and promote healthy lifestyles. The foundation installed its first mini pitch in October 2015 at John H. Jackson Community Center, and has reached over 150 children ranging from 7 to 13 years old.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 9 at 2 p.m. EST
WHERE: Frontline Outreach Youth and Family Center
3000 C.R. Smith ST
Orlando, FL, 32805
WHO: President of Orlando City Foundation and Director of Community Relations Kay Rawlins; Senior pastor Bishop Allen Wiggins of The Hope Church of Orlando, FL; Orlando City Foundation Community Manager Steve Wittek
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