Women's Football

Kansas City Current acquire Lynn Williams in large-scale trade with North Carolina Courage

Lizzy Becherano
Williams is heading to Kansas City
Williams is heading to Kansas City / Cameron Spencer/GettyImages

USWNT forward and 2016 NWSL MVP Lynn Williams joins the Kansas City Current from the North Carolina Courage as part of a larger deal between the two clubs.

The Current will also receive North Carolina’s natural second round and natural fourth round picks in the 2023 NWSL Draft. In exchange, the Courage will receive $200,000 in allocation funds, Kansas City’s natural first round pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft and goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Lynn to the Current,” said Co-Owner Chris Long. 

“Without question, she is one of the most talented forwards in the world. Lynn is a game- changer who has proven herself to be a dominant player in the NWSL and on the world stage. Kansas City is going to absolutely love watching her play.”

Williams stands as one of the most decorated forwards in league history. She now becomes the fourth player Kansas City’s roster to win at least three NWSL Championships, joining Sam Mewis, Kristen Hamilton and Adrianna Franch.

In 2016, she won the Golden Boot and regular season MVP after recording 11 goals and five assists. Overall, her 57 career goals and 26 assists rank second all-time in NWSL history. 

“The Courage has given so much to me and has been my home for the last 5 years, but in order to grow you have to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone,” said Williams. “I am grateful to KC for giving me the opportunity to do so. I’m excited for a new journey, with a new organization and to grow into the best Lynn I can be.”

Current Director of Soccer Operations Huw Williams added: “It was important for us to get a proven goal scorer this off season. Lynn Williams is simply one of the very best strikers in the world. We are absolutely thrilled to add such a talented player to our club. We could not be happier.”

Williams made her USWNT debut in a 2016 friendly against Switzerland, taking only 49 seconds to score her first international goal. She now has 45 caps for the United States, with 14 goals and 10 assists. 

She spent the last month on loan with Melbourne Victory of the Australian A-League, managing three goals and an assist in her four matches.