The Orlando Pride signed Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod, providing a seasoned backup for team captain Ashlyn Harris. McLeod will join the team on a one-year deal with an option for an additional season.
Before spending the past four seasons playing in Europe, McLeod was a starting goalkeeper for Houston Dash for the team’s the first two years in the NWSL and the keeper for the Chicago Red Stars. During her three seasons in the league, McLeod tallied 47 appearances, eight shutouts and 207 saves.
At 36, the keeper enjoyed a successful career with the Canadian national team. She made her debut in March 2002 and played in the 2007, 2011 and 2015 FIFA World Cups and in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She led the team in goal to its first medal, posting a shutout over France to win bronze at the 2012 Olympics.
During her career, McLeod notched 118 caps and 45 clean sheets for Canada.
Now that she has concluded her national team career, McLeod will give the Pride an experienced goalkeeper to anchor the defense while Harris is expected to be called up for the Tokyo Olympics.
“Erin’s international experience and proven ability to perform consistently at a high level provides us some much needed depth at the goalkeeper position,” Orlando Pride general manager Erik Ustruck said. “She is a vocal and natural leader who we know will continue to build upon the culture we have set out to achieve here in Orlando. We are very excited to welcome her to the Pride.”
After the conclusion of the 2015 NWSL season, McLeod moved to the Swedish Damallsvenskan to play for FC Rosengård, along with Marta and new Pride defender Ali Riley. During her two years with the team, Rosengård won two Svenska Cupen and a Svenska Supercupen title.
Since her time with FC Rosengård, McLeod played with Växjö DFF, then moved to Germany to play with SC Sand and FF USV Jena. She has also played with the Washington Freedom in the WPS, and won two W-League championships with the Vancouver Whitecaps women’s team.