Orlando Pride parts ways with Welsh midfielder Angharad James


The Orlando Pride has parted ways with Welsh midfielder Angharad James.

The player initially joined the Pride during the offseason, via a trade with the San Diego Wave in exchange for Alex Morgan and $275,000 in Allocation Money.

But James was not expected to stay in Orlando much longer, after her fiancee Amy Turner was bought out of her contract amid the investigation into head coach Amanda Cromwell and assistant coach Sam Greene for violation of NWSL policy against discrimination, harassment and bullying. 

“We’d like to thank Haz for all of her contributions to the Pride this season,” Pride General Manager Ian Fleming said in a club press release. “We are happy we are able to accommodate her personal desire to return to Europe and wish her the best of luck in the next step of her career.”

The player featured in five games during the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup, and managed six regular-season appearances before departing the Pride. Her last game for Orlando was on June 19, two days after Turner departed the club. She has since been listed as “excused absence” on the availability report.

Beyond Turner and James, there have been several outgoing transfers from the Orlando Pride with players hinting at the current state of the club. Forward Sydney Leroux recently made her way to Angel City, while captains Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris headed to Gotham FC ahead of the 2022 campaign.

The team currently sits in eighth on the table with 13 points in 12 games.


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