WNY Flash sign Australian Heyman; waive Angeli

The Equalizer Staff July 8, 2015 9
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The Western New York Flash have signed Australian international Michelle Heyman for the rest of the NWSL season, as first reported by The Equalizer’s Dan Lauletta.

Heyman started two games for Australia at the 2015 Women’s World cup, including the team’s historic round-of-16 victory over Brazil, the first knockout-stage win for Australia at either a men’s or women’s World Cup.

“Michelle coming in is going to enable us to vary things a little bit more tactically,” Flash coach Aaran Lines said. “She’s going to give us some experience in the final third of the field. Everyone who has played in that role for us has done a very good job and we are adding another quality player to our roster – one who has played an important role with Australia, playing all five games in the World Cup.”

Heyman most recently played for Canberra United, helping the team win the Australian W-League title last season. Heyman is he league’s all-time leading scorer with 49 career goals.

To make room for Heyman, the Flash waived midfielder Jordan Angeli.

Angeli, 29, was acquired by the Flash via trade with Washington on October 21, 2014. The midfielder scored the Flash’s first goal of the season in a 5-1 defeat at Seattle, but later sustained an ankle injury that kept her from the field for an extended period of time. Angeli made three appearances during the 2015 season, totaling 63 minutes and two shots on goal.

Angeli missed the 2013 NWSL season and half of the 2014 season while recovering from a torn ACL in the previous league, WPS, in 2011. She played in 10 games with the Washington Spirit in 2014.

  • Heyman was fun to watch at the World Cup. Nice addition for the Flash.

  • TN

    Poor Angeli! I thought she was a solid player, and I don’t have a favorable opinion on Heyman, I thought she was absolutely terrible throughout most of the tournament, she was certainly fast, but beyond that, nothing.

    • ARED

      Terrible?? Australia was one of the best teams, and she was a key part of that. The perfect point in the middle for De Vanna and Kerr outside.

      And, she did play a key role in and got the assist on the only goal scored against the US until the final.

      • TN

        Notice how I said nothing about Australia as the whole team? The last match where they went out to Japan, when De Vanna was taken out for her, Heyman did absolutely NOTHING after coming in, it was such a downgrade. De Vanna was the dangerous one in the game, Heyman loses possession like it’s her job, I stand by that she has speed and only speed.

        She has balls delivered so well to her, only for her to end up losing it or shank over the ball or to the side, putting the ball on frame seems to be a hard task for her.

        • ARED

          “She was a key part of that”. Without Heyman’s hard work, hold up play, and creation of space (and time!) for De Vanna, Kerr, Van Egmond, etc, the Aussie’s would have suffered a lot more and not been so good at transitioning into their quick strike offense.

          If you think Heyman was/is terrible that is fine, but I’m not sure which strikers you would consider good then. Surely not Schelin, Sinclair, or Ogimi….?

          I don’t even think Heyman has great speed compared to others, so we obviously just see her (and her impact for her team) completely differently….

  • RasputinKale

    This should be interesting. I knew who Heyman was going into the WC, but I’d not seen her play much outside of bit tourneys over the past few years. I think I expected more from her at the WC based on her stats in Australia W-League, but she wasn’t really a factor in Australia’s success at all.
    International play and league play is always different though. It’ll be interesting to see if she’ll shine in a more competitive league, on a team with space for a standout player.

    • ARED

      This wasn’t a WC for individual players to standout, but Heyman was a key player in one of the best teams -and best attacking teams- of the tournament.

      As much as I like Simon, and as well as she played, against Japan the Aussies were missing Heyman’s presence up front and her ability to hold the ball and transition the team to attack.

  • ARED

    Should be a good move, depending on how she fits in. Very good player, strong, fast enough, and technical.

  • Sanderson to WNY?

    Lianne Sanderson has just resigned from Arsenal. Don’t be shocked if she shows up in WNY to play alongside her lover, A. Nick.