Kansas City NWSL Acquires Kristen Edmonds in Trade NWSL KC

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Kansas City NWSL Acquires Kristen Edmonds in Trade

KANSAS CITY (Jan 30, 2021) –Kansas City NWSL has acquired Kristen Edmonds in a trade with the Orlando Pride, the team announced Saturday. In addition, Kansas City receives the Pride’s second-round pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft. In exchange, Orlando will receive midfielder Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir and the rights to midfielder Erika Tymrak.

Edmonds, 33, is an eight-year veteran of the NWSL. She started her professional career in the USL W-League with the New Jersey Wildcats and the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues. She then played internationally, helping Stjarnan win the Icelandic Women’s Cup, before moving to WFC Rossiyanka of Russia.

The versatile Edmonds started her NWSL career with the Western New York Flash in 2014. After two seasons, she was traded to the Orlando Pride in 2016. Edmonds led the Pride in scoring in her first year with the club. She has made 106 appearances in the NWSL with 10 goals along the way.

“Kristen is a player who can play multiple positions as a winger, midfielder or as an outside defender.  Her versatility and experience make her a great addition  to our roster as we head into preseason training,” said Head Coach Huw Williams,  “We also want to wish Gunny and Erika all the very best moving forward.”

Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir joined the NWSL with the Utah Royals in 2018, scoring the first goal in that team’s team history on March 24 and playing every minute of that debut season. She appeared in every match for the Royals, starting all but seven in three seasons.

Tymrak, the 2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year was an original draft choice of FC Kansas City. After helping the team to win back-to-back NWSL Championships in 2014 and 2015, she was part of the roster that transferred to Utah in 2018. Tymrak originally announced her retirement prior to the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup.

Kansas City now readies for the opening of preseason camp Monday, Feb. 1. Williams and his staff will begin the process of preparing his team for competition, with the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup opening April 9 and the regular season to follow May 15.

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