Orlando Pride acquires U.S. women’s int’l Krieger

U.S. international Ali Krieger (red jersey) was acquired by the Orlando Pride on November 2, 2016. (Photo FIFA via Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Florida - The Orlando Pride announced Wednesday the acquisition of United States international Ali Krieger from the Washington Spirit in the first major player transaction of the National Women’s Soccer League offseason. 

Krieger, who captained the Spirit, was obtained in exchange for future player personnel considerations. 

“We’re ecstatic to get Ali Krieger to the club," Pride coach Tom Sermanni remarked. "She’s one of the best players in the country. She’s extremely experienced, a great leader, great personality and a great signing for us leading into 2017. I think she’ll help both on the field and off the field. 

“She’s a real, thorough professional so her preparation will start to influence and help our younger players,” he added. “Her focus and her quality in her training and play will be a huge asset to the team.” 

The 32-year-old defender joins Orlando after helping the Spirit to the NWSL final.  The Spirit posted a team-record 39 points in 2016, but fell to the Western New York Flash in the championship match. 

Krieger, who has made 95 international appearances, was a vital member as a right back of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup championship side that surrendered only three goals and posted five shutouts.

The Penn State University graduate was allocated to the Spirit in 2013, scoring four goals in 66 appearances in four years. She was named to the NWSL Best XI in 2014 and the Second XI in 2013 and 2016.