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Penn State Women’s Soccer Alum Ali Krieger Traded To New Jersey’s Gotham FC

Former Penn State soccer superstar and two-time World Cup champion Ali Krieger is heading north to represent the NWSL’s Gotham FC in a trade finalized on Monday, December 6.

Krieger is departing Orlando Pride FC with her partner, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, after a huge deal with the Harrison, New Jersey-based club. In exchange for the defensive duo, the Orlando Pride is receiving a 2022 first-round pick, a 2023 NWSL Draft third-round pick, and $50,000 in allocation money.

“I’m honored and grateful for this new opportunity and cannot wait to get started with Gotham FC,” Krieger said in a release. “I’ve heard great things about the club, its officials, and the knowledgeable coaching staff. I’m eager to gain a new perspective both on and off the field and having a lot of fun as we work to win an NWSL championship. I’m ready to give this city everything I have and to start this new journey with my family!”

Krieger played in Orlando for five years, and the club most recently placed eighth in the 2021 NWSL standings. The former Nittany Lions star has been focused heavily on the NWSL and hasn’t been named to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster in about a year.

Krieger’s USWNT call-ups have been few and far between during the past five years, but she has acquired many accolades within the NWSL during her eight years in the league.

Gotham FC is excited to welcome Krieger and Harris after starter Carli Lloyd announced her retirement and several other Gotham players are undergoing trade negotiations. The club released official word of the trade via Twitter and stated that the pair will “fit right in.”

During her time at Penn State, Krieger racked up four Big Ten regular-season titles, a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award, and All-American honors, among many others.

Krieger’s new home base will be just about three hours and 44 minutes away from Happy Valley. Gotham FC will kick off its 2022 season in May at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

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