Courtesy Independence Staff
The Philadelphia Independence is proud to announce the addition of international and WPS superstar Sara Larsson and University of Tennessee standout Lyndsey Patterson to the 2010 team roster. Sara, who is widely considered to be one of the top central defenders in the world, was selected in last year’s International Draft by Saint Louis Athletica. She played in fifteen games for Athletica this season and led her team to become regular season runners-up behind the Los Angeles Sol. Prior to being drafted to WPS, Sara played for Linkopings FC with Independence teammate and fellow Swede, Caroline Seger. Sara helped to anchor the defense in the club’s 2006 and 2008 Swedish Cup Gold Medal victories.
Sara’s career with the Swedish Women’s National Team began nearly a decade ago, and she has been a consistent powerhouse for her country since her debut. Larsson has competed in the Olympic Games three times, in 2000, 2004, and 2008, and has started nearly Olympic match she has been a part of. Similarly, she has played in two FIFA World Cups, helping Sweden reach the finals of the tournament in 2003. “Sara Larsson has been one of the most consistent defenders in the world for nearly a decade” says General Manager, Terry Foley. “We are lucky to have someone with her level of experience to anchor our back line, and her leadership will be extremely beneficial for us next season.”
The Independence also announced the signing of midfielder Lyndsey Patterson, who was a member of the Regular Season Champions Los Angeles Sol this past WPS season. Lyndsey, originally from Puyallup, Washington, finished her career with at the University of Tennessee ranked seventh all-time in scoring (64 points), eighth in goals (20), and sixth in assists (24). With the Volunteers, she was a three-time All-SEC Selection and was named to the 2004 NSCAA/adidas All-Central Region Third Team. After graduation, Lyndsey played for both the Seattle Sounders and the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL W-League before being acquired by the Sol as a free agent in 2009. GM Foley is optimistic about Lyndsey’s potential with the Independence: “Lyndsey is a consistent player who can be very dangerous going forward. She made an impact against Sky Blue when she entered the match in the 2009 WPS finals, and we hope that she can be a big contributor for us this coming season.”
Stay tuned for more player news as the Independence gears up for March preseason and April season’s start.