Ali Riley

Ali Riley signs for Orlando Pride

Orlando Pride have announced the signing of New Zealand International defender Ali Riley.

The 32 year-old New Zealand international joins from Bayern Munich where she made three appearances

Riley said ” I heard really great things [about Orlando] from an old friend of mine, Marta, and I also have a lot of respect for [Head Coach] Marc [Skinner] and seeing how his teams play. I think all around — this league, this country, the interest of the women’s game and the growth of this sport, the attention from the media and the fans — it’s something I want to be a part of,” Riley said. “I hope both the mentality and attitude I bring, but also the technical ability and the learnings I’ve had playing at some of the best teams in the world, will help bring a little more confidence and a little bit of something different to contribute to a better season this year.”

2019, Riley played in her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup for New Zealand, where she played the entirety of each of the Football Ferns’ three matches in the tournament. In total, Riley has made 132 appearances for her nation.

Riley will be a familiar teammate for several other current members of the Pride. She played alongside captain Ashlyn Harris and Alex Morgan on the Western New York Flash team that won the 2011 WPS championship.

Orlando Pride GM Erik Ustruck said “we’re delighted to finally come to terms with Ali and Bayern, who we’d also like to thank in making this deal happen. We targeted Ali last year and were unable to come to terms but with the new allocation money, it has provided more roster flexibility and allowed us to go after additional players that historically haven’t been available to the NWSL.

She joins fellow new signing Emily Sonnett at the Exploria Stadium ahead of the NWSL campaign.

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