DiDi Haracic will be making saves for Angel City FC. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. – NJ/NY Gotham FC Wednesday traded goalkeeper DiDi Haracic’s rights to expansion side Angel City FC.
Gotham FC will acquire $50,000 in allocation money and protection in the 2022 National Women’s Soccer League expansion draft. With the protection, Gotham FC has full immunity in the expansion draft because the New Jersey side dealt both keepers to wes coast expansion teams. The team dispatched Kailen Sheridan to the San Diego Wave.
“DiDi played a key role in our club’s success last season, and we’re incredibly thankful for the effort and passion she brought to work every day,” Gotham FC general manager Yael Averbuch West said in a statement. “Our goal as a club is to always put our players first, and DiDi expressed an interest in pursuing a new career opportunity. We’re happy we were able to help facilitate her next chapter and wish her nothing but success in Los Angeles.”
Haracic played three seasons with Gotham FC after being acquired in January 2019 in a trade with the Washington Spirit. She stepped into the starting role during the 2021 Challenge Cup after Kailen Sheridan sustained an injury while on international duty.
She recorded three shutouts, led the team to the Challenge Cup final against the Portland Thorns, and earned Challenge Cup final save of the week honors. Haracic finished the 2021 regular season with eight appearances, logged 675 minutes, and recorded a 79.3 percent save percentage with two shutouts.