Heather O’Reilly Signs with Arsenal
KANSAS CITY (Jan. 18, 2017) – FC Kansas City announced today that midfielder Heather O’Reilly has signed with Arsenal Ladies of the Football Association Women’s Super League in the United Kingdom. She will begin play with her new team immediately.
“This is a personal and professional opportunity that I could not pass up,” said O’Reilly. “I have always dreamed of playing in Europe, and Arsenal is a club that has a tradition of excellence that I think is really special. I am looking to help the Arsenal Ladies achieve their ambitions, while having a global experience in London, which I think will serve me in my career and life.”
O’Reilly has been a valuable member of FC Kansas City since 2015 when she helped to lead the Blues to their second NWSL Championship. She scored three goals and five assists in 25 games with FCKC.
FC Kansas City head coach Vlatko Andononvski said, “HAO is one of the most incredible players that I’ve been around. Losing her at the beginning of the season won’t be easy, but I think at this point in her career it is the best thing for her.”
O’Reilly continued, “I have a lot of respect for FC Kansas City, the staff, the players, and the fans. I also think the NWSL is an incredibly strong, competitive and quality league. For now, I want to commit myself fully to this new environment. I will have conversations about my potential future in the NWSL when those conversations need to happen. Good luck to FCKC as they begin their campaign to win another championship.”