Ali Krieger, former captain for the Washington Spirit, has been traded to the Orlando Pride. In exchange for her rights, the Orlando Pride have swapped places with the Washington Spirit in the Distribution Ranking Order (DRO). The DRO is how newly allocated players are paired with teams.
Bill Lynch, owner of the Washington Spirit, had this to say in the team’s press release: “On behalf of the entire Washington Spirit organization, past and present, I would like to thank Ali for her extreme commitment and leadership over these four years. She has played a major role in our efforts to build a strong foundation for the future. We wish her well both on and off the field.”
Orlando head coach Tom Sermanni, who coached Krieger on the USWNT before current coach Jill Ellis took the reins in 2014, was quoted in the Orlando press release as pleased with the results of the trade, saying, “We’re ecstatic to get Ali Krieger to the Club; 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. Her focus and her quality in her training and play will be a huge asset to the team.”
News of Krieger’s trade broke yesterday, pending league approval, and was made official just before 5 pm EST this evening.