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.