FC Kansas City traded goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland to the Western New York Flash on Thursday in exchange for two second round picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft.
“This is not necessarily a move we wanted to make as we rate Katelyn very highly,” Blues general manager Huw Williams said. “The trade provides her with an opportunity to compete for immediate playing time. It also provides us with more options in the strong 2017 college draft.”
As a back-up keeper, Rowland played three matches for the Blues last year with a 1.33 goals against average. Her save percentage was 76. The former UCLA Bruin set NCAA records for career shutouts (55) and single-season shutouts in 2014 (19). She has also had youth national team experience as the starting goalkeeper for the U-20 Women’s World Cup and the CONCACAF Championship where she received the Golden Glove Award.
Rowland’s experience will help the WNY Flash fill a need for more goalkeepers since starter and Canadian national Sabrina D’Angelo sustained a wrist fracture during a pre-game warmup. D’Angelo is expected to recover from wrist surgery by mid-July.