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Gotham FC sends Kailen Sheridan to San Diego FC

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Kailen Sheridan is heading west, leaving NJ/NY Gotham FC for San Diego FC in a trade announced by the clubs on Saturday.

Gotham FC will receive $130,000 in allocation money and protection in the 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft in exchange for the Canadian goalkeeper.

“Kailen had expressed interest in pursuing other professional opportunities and we were fortunate to find a good trade partner in San Diego to accommodate her wishes,” said Interim General Manager Yael Averbuch West in a statement from Gotham FC. “She has been a major part of this club for the past five years and we thank her for the impact she’s made. Kailen is a phenomenal goalkeeper and we know she’ll go on to do great things in the future.”

Saturday’s trade announcement puts into context reporting from Meg Linehan of the Athletic that goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and Ali Kreiger are heading to Gotham FC in a trade with the Orlando Pride.

Sheridan was one of three 2021 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year nominees, recording 78 saves in 17 games.