The Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer announced Tuesday that they have traded their first-round (third overall) and third-round selections in the 2011 WPS Draft to the Philadelphia Independence for veteran goalkeeper and Canadian international Karina LeBlanc.
"When we knew she was available, giving up a couple of draft picks for a goalkeeper who I think will add to the goalkeeping position was a no-brainer," Red Stars Head Coach Omid Namazi said. "She brings experience, leadership and will provide for healthy competition for the starting spot within our team. We're happy to be getting a quality goalkeeper."
The 2011 first-round draft selection traded to Philadelphia is Chicago's pick based on 2010 standings and the addition of the Western New York franchise, which will have the first overall selection. The Red Stars previously acquired a first-round selection (second overall) from the Atlanta Beat during the season.
Namazi said the organization would like to have its 2010 starting goalkeeper Jillian Loyden back, as well, to create heated competition and provide goalkeeper depth with the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup on the horizon.