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Zerboni returns to Flash; Breakers get 2nd round pick

McCall Zerboni (center) is heading back to the Flash (Photo Copyright: Meg Linehan for EqualizerSoccer.com)

McCall Zerboni (center) is heading back to the Flash (Photo Copyright: Meg Linehan for EqualizerSoccer.com)

The Western New York Flash brought back a popular member of some of their best teams on Tuesday, acquiring midfielder McCall Zerboni from the Boston Breakers in exchange for a second round pick in the 2017 draft. Zerboni spent four seasons with the Flash winning trophes in three different leagues before being traded to the Thorns for the 2015 season. The Thorns moved her to Boston where she started every game this season but was unable to help the Breakers off the bottom of the table where they sit following a 1-6-1 start.

“McCall is a great professional who understands the process and what it takes to perform day in and day out,” Flash coach Riley, who had Zerboni in Portland, said. “We needed to add quality, experience and depth to our midfield, and McCall ticks all the boxes. Her work rate, resilience and character will be massive for our young group, and we look forward to integrating her into our competitive training environment.”

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Zerboni joined the Flash in 2011 and was part of the team that rolled through WPS winning the regular season trophy and WPS Championship. She remained in Western New York in 2012 and captained a watered down side to the WPSL Elite championship. After joining NWSL the Flash won the 2013 Shield but lost the final at home to the Thorns. Zerboni was also part of the 2009 Los Angeles Sol side that won the inaugural WPS regular season title before losing in the final.

The Breakers will wind up with the highest of three picks second round picks the Flash owned prior to last week. The other two were moved to FC Kansas City last week in exchange for Katelyn Rowland. The three picks will be the ones assigned to the Flash, Houston Dash, and Orlando Pride. The trade means that instead of picking No. 2 overall in the 2016 draft, the Breakers turned that pick into a second rounder next year. The pick was moved for Zerboni and Sinead Farrelly who came into preseason injured and has been ruled out for the season.

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