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11/24/2014 12:29 PM -

The Western New York Flash announced today that the club has acquired a first round pick (No. 4 overall) in the 2015 NWSL College Draft and the rights to midfielder Elizabeth Eddy from Sky Blue FC in exchange for the rights to forward Samantha Kerr.

The trade now gives the Flash four of the top seven picks in the 2015 Draft, as the team will select third, fourth, sixth and seventh overall. The club also owns second round (No. 18overall) and third round (No. 21 overall) selections.

“Parting ways with Sam was a tough decision, but what it came down to was making the best business decision for the club,” said Flash general manager and head coach Aaran Lines. “We view this deal as a 3-for-1. We are now bringing in a player in Elizabeth Eddy, who I think very highly of, the fourth overall pick in the draft and the ability to sign an international player.”

“We are entering two seasons where our international players will have inconsistent time with the club. Sam is one of those players who will miss a large chunk of 2015 with the World Cup and potentially parts of 2016 with the Olympics and, at the end of the day, this was the best business move for the Flash.”

Eddy, 23, was selected in the fourth round (No. 33 overall) of the 2014 NWSL College Draft by Sky Blue FC. A two-sport athlete at the University of Southern California, Eddy elected to forgo the 2014 NWSL season to finish her undergraduate degree and compete in her final season of NCAA Division I lacrosse.

A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Eddy played for the LA Blues from 2010-2014. In her five seasons with the Blues, Eddy helped lead the club to two W-League titles (2013 and 2014) and an additional appearance in the title game in 2012. Last season, the versatile player notched two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in the 2014 W-League Championship game. In the 2014 season, Eddy totaled eight points in just five games played.

In 2010, Eddy helped the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team win the CONCACAF Championship and qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Two years prior, she was also a member of the U-17 U.S. Women’s National Team that finished second at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Eddy started her career at USC by being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshmen team after finishing second on the team in points (13) and goals (five). The next season, she was USC’s top goal scorer and earned an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. In her senior campaign, Eddy again led the Trojans in goals scored, totaling six in 18 appearances.

“Eddy is another player who reflects the reforming of the Flash roster. She’s a player that stays in sync with every move we’ve made,” said Lines. “On top of being versatile, young and hungry, she’s coming off a Championship season with LA Blues. She’s a player who knows and will do what it takes to win.”

Kerr, 21, was signed as a Discovery Player by the Flash before the 2013 season. A member of the Australian Women’s National Team, she earned the club’s Golden Boot in 2014, finishing her sophomore season with the Flash with nine goals and four assists. After a five-point performance on June 9, 2014, Kerr was named the Week 9 NWSL Player of the Week.  The previous year, the Matildas’ forward contributed 17 points (six goals, five assists), helping the Flash win the 2013 NWSL Shield.

“Sam is a player who I started monitoring at age 16 through my contacts in Australia,” Lines added. “She’s a great kid and I’ve really enjoyed helping her develop over the past two seasons. I’m going to miss her personality in the locker room and wish her the best of luck both at the club and international level next season.”

Elizabeth Eddy
Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: 09/13/1991
Birthplace: Costa Mesa, Calif.
Height: 5-5
College: University of Southern California
Citizenship: USA
Previous club: LA Blues (W-League)
How acquired: via Trade with Sky Blue FC on November 24, 2014

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