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Flash fill 5th international slot with Australian Allen

Another Australian has landed in Western New York, as the Flash have signed Matildas defender Teigen Allen.

Allen fills the Flash’s fifth international roster spot after the club waived New Zealand forward Emma Kete. She joins fellow Australians Sam Kerr and Lydia Williams on the Flash.

“Teigen is a player that I have been looking at for a while,” Flash head coach Aaran Lines said. “She performed very well recently with the Australian National Team at the Asian Cup and was available immediately. I thought the timing was right to add a very good defender who can attack out of the outside back position.”

Allen, 20, appeared in all five matches for Australia at last month’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup, where the Matildas finished second after falling to Japan in the final. She also played for Australia at the 2011 World Cup. Allen most recently played for the Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia’s W-League.

Williams has U.S. citizenship through her mother and does not count as an international player. Spanish midfielders Adriana Martin, Sonia Bermudez and Vicky Losada occupy the Flash’s other three international roster spots.


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