04/11/2015 1:34 PM
The WNY Flash open the 2015 season at 2014 Shield Winners Seattle on Sunday
The Western New York Flash begins the 2015 campaign on Sunday night, facing 2014 NWSL Shield Winner Seattle Reign FC at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. ET. The season opener, along with all 2015 NWSL games, will be streamed live on YouTube and can be watched by clicking the link here.
Fans can also follow live play-by-play at the Flash's official Twitter page, @WNYFlash, and can join the conversation by using the hashtag #SRFCvWNYF.
Sunday’s game will provide the first look at Aaran Lines’ rebuilt roster, which was put together through a series of roster moves throughout the offseason and 2015 preseason.
The Flash’s 19-player roster, which was announced on Monday, has an average age of just 24 years old. Of Western New York’s 19 players, three featured for the club in 2014. In addition, nine of those players are either rookies or new members of the National Women’s Soccer League.
In the team’s most recent roster move, the Flash acquired U.S. Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux and Amanda Frisbie from the same Reign team that they will face on Sunday. Leroux, who played for Boston in 2013, has scored 33 goals in 68 appearances with the USWNT, and led the Breakers in scoring with 11 goals during her first NWSL season.
In goal, Western New York fans will see two new faces between the pipes, as the team welcomed Chantel Jones from Washington in November and signed 2015 draft pick Sabrina D’Angelo this week.
The backline will be anchored by Brittany Taylor, the team’s lone holdover from the inaugural 2013 season. She will be joined by U.S. Women’s National Team center back Whitney Engen, who was brought back to the Flash in an October trade with Houston.
Also included in that trade was veteran midfielder Becky Edwards. Edwards will lead the midfield with the assistance of rookies Samantha Mewis, the team’s leading scorer during preseason, and Abby Dahlkemper.
Up top, Leroux and Jasmyne Spencer will provide speed and goal scoring opportunities for the Flash, who finished 2014 with a club record 42 goals scored.
The Flash matched up with the Reign three times during 2014, drawing 2-2 at Memorial Stadium before falling twice to the eventual Regular-Season Champions.
Western New York will remain on the road for Game 2, facing Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park on Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. ET. After meeting in the 2013 NWSL Championship, the Flash went 1-1-1 against Thorns FC in 2014. The Flash open its home season on May 2, hosting the Boston Breakers at 7 p.m. ET at Sahlen’s Stadium.
Tickets for all 2015 home games are on sale and can be purchased by visiting wnyflash.com. Tickets can also be ordered via phone by calling the Flash at (716) 655-PLAY or the Sahlen’s Stadium Box Office at (585) 454-KICK.
About WNY Flash
The Western New York Flash is one of nine members of the National Women’s Soccer League. The club won the inaugural NWSL Shield after finishing the 2013 with the best regular-season record. Fans can keep up-to-date on the most recent Flash news by following the Flash’s official Twitter account (@WNYFlash) or by liking the team’s Facebook page.
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