NJ/NY Gotham FC of the National Women’s Soccer League has announced today that the rights to goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan have been traded to San Diego FC. As part of the trade, Gotham FC will acquire $130,000 in allocation money in addition to protection in the upcoming 2022 Expansion Draft presented by Ally.
“One of the priorities for Gotham FC this off-season was to secure protection in the upcoming expansion draft, which meant some difficult decisions had to be made," said Interim General Manager Yael Averbuch West. “Kailen had expressed interest in pursuing other professional opportunities and we were fortunate to find a good trade partner in San Diego to accommodate her wishes. She has been a major part of this club for the past five years and we thank her for the impact she’s made. Kailen is a phenomenal goalkeeper and we know she’ll go on to do great things in the future. She’ll certainly be missed.”
Sheridan departs for San Diego following five seasons with the club after being drafted 23rd overall in 2017 out of Clemson University. In that time, she was a fixture in goal and an integral part of Gotham FC’s defense. She was voted the 2020 Challenge Cup Golden Glove winner and was most recently named to the 2021 NWSL Best XI. In total, the Canadian international and Olympic Gold Medalist made 91 appearances for Gotham FC across all competitions and logged over 8000 minutes. She finished the 2021 regular season with 76 saves, an 84.4% save percentage, and six shutouts.
About NJ/NY Gotham FC:
Originally named Sky Blue FC, the Club underwent a major rebrand in April 2021 and officially changed its name to NJ/NY Gotham FC. Representing New Jersey and New York, the Club plays its National Women’s Soccer League home matches at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. The Club has been part of the NWSL since the league launched in 2013. Founded in 2007, Gotham FC originally debuted as Jersey Sky Blue in the W-League of United Soccer Leagues. The Club won its first trophy as Sky Blue FC in 2009 after winning the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer championship. Most recently, Gotham FC played in the 2021 Challenge Cup Final against the Portland Thorns, the Club’s first ever championship appearance in NWSL competition.