BOYDS, MD (Feb. 2, 2016) – The Washington Spirit announced today that the club has acquired defender Alyssa Kleiner from the Portland Thorns. In exchange, Portland will receive defender Katherine Reynolds.
Alyssa Kleiner made her NWSL debut in 2015 against the Spirit and played in eight matches, including four starts, for Portland. She attended college at Santa Clara University and helped her team to an NCAA Tournament berth as well as the program’s 10th West Coast Conference (WCC) championship.
“I was impressed with Alyssa’s play last season,” said Spirit general manager and head coach Jim Gabarra. “We believe that she has tremendous potential and will challenge for a starting role.”
Katherine Reynolds came to Washington ahead of the 2015 season from the Western New York Flash. She started and played 19 matches for the Spirit.
“We appreciate and respect Katherine as a player and what she has accomplished here with the Spirit,” said Gabarra. “This is a great opportunity for her to continue her career closer to home.”
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