I don’t get at all the Leroux and Wambach exchange. Why would you give away one of your biggest stars approaching the peak of her career? Yes Abby Wambach is a legend and a massive star as well, but she’s useless to them until 2016, when she’ll be 36 years old and have very few years ahead of her. I don’t know, it just seems like WNYF got the better end of the deal here. 

Seattle Reign FC announced today that the club has acquired midfielder Amber Brooks, the rights to U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach and a first round draft pick in the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft from Western New York Flash. In exchange, Reign FC traded forward Sydney Leroux and forward Amanda Frisbie to the Flash.

Brooks, 24, was traded to Western New York Flash from the Portland Thorns FC last November. Drafted in the third round (No. 24 overall) of the 2013 NWSL College Draft by Portland, Brooks enters her second season in the NWSL after debuting in 2014. In her lone season with Portland, Brooks appeared in 20 games (19 starts) and recorded one goal and two assists.

“I know how great the fans are in Seattle, the quality of the players and the success of the team,” remarked Brooks. “I’ve always enjoyed my time in the Pacific Northwest and I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of the team.”

“We have followed Amber closely through her time in the Bundesliga and the NWSL,” stated Laura Harvey, general manager and head coach of Reign FC. “She will add needed depth to our midfield this season and we expect her to be a valuable contributor for many seasons to come.”

In addition to Brooks, Reign FC acquired a 2016 first round draft pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.

As part of the trade, Reign FC also acquired the rights to WNY Flash and U.S. Women’s National Team star Abby Wambach. Wambach recently announced her decision to forego playing in the 2015 NWSL season with the Western New York Flash to focus on the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Wambach is not expected to play for Reign FC during the 2015 season.

“Abby is a fantastic player who has proven over the years she is one of the best forwards in the world,” said Harvey. “We understand and support her decision to focus on the World Cup this season. The contribution she is capable of making is obvious, so we will welcome her to our club at whatever point she is ready to rejoin the league.”

As a member of the Flash, Wambach, 34, appeared in 29 matches and registered 17 goals and seven assists in two seasons with the club. She helped the Flash capture the inaugural NWSL Shield as the team with the best overall regular season record and led them to the 2013 NWSL championship game against the Portland Thorns FC before falling 2-0 at Sahlen’s Stadium.

“We want to thank both Sydney and Amanda for all they contributed to the club last year,” said Harvey. “Both are quality – as players and individuals – who have great careers ahead.”


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Losing Leroux seems like a huge deal for Seattle until you realize she was so ineffective in Harvey’s system last year.