National Women's Soccer League / Western New York Flash

Flash sign Williams, Verloo

The Western New York Flash signed Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams. The signing of Williams on March 21 comes less than a week after the club announced second-year goalkeeper Adrianna Franch will miss the 2014 season with a torn right ACL.

Williams appeared in 12 games last season for Australian side Canberra in the Wesfield W-League.

Lydia Williams“After an unexpected season-ending injury in the first week, we’re very fortunate to be able to find a top goalkeeper that was available to come to our club right away,” Aaran Lines, Flash general manager and head coach said. “Lydia will be able to come in and impact our team immediately.”

Williams previously played in the United States during her time with in WPS with the Chicago Red Stars. She made her professional debut in 2008 with Canberra, leading the team to the Grand Final and since then has played for Piteå IF in the Swedish Damallsvenskan. She made her return to Canberra in 2013.

Williams carries dual citizenship and will not take up an international roster spot for the Flash.

“I’m really excited to be here, especially being able get involved with the club at the start of the season,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to playing with a world-renowned team that has a history of appearing in championships. I’m really excited to see what the season has to hold and to play in front of an American crowd.”

The Flash also signed Courtney Verloo, the team announced March 20. The deal will keep Verloo with the club through 2015.Courney Verloo

Verloo was selected in the first round and ninth overall by the Flash in the 2014 NWSL College Draft.

The Stanford product scored 23 goals and had 25 assists in her collegiate career, including nine goals and six assists in her senior season. Verloo played both as a forward and a defender and led the Cardinals in scoring during her junior and senior seasons. Verloo was selected to the All-Pac 12 First Team in 2013.

The Tualatin, Ore. native has played internationally for the U.S. on the U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams respectively.

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