Lianne Sanderson - Midfielder

Name: Lianne Sanderson
Pronunciation: lee-ANN
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-8
Jersey number: 10
Date of birth: Feb. 3, 1988
Age: 26
Hometown: Lewisham, London, England
Citizenship: USA
Last club: DC United Women
How acquired: Signed as a free agent in January 2013
Follow on Twitter: @liannesanderson
International: Has 37 caps with England ... Has scored 11 goals with the senior squad … Played in the 2014 Cyprus Cup, leading England to the finals … Scored two goals in a 2-0 win vs. Italy in Cyprus Cup play on March 5, 2014 … Rejoined England in January 2014, called up by head coach Mark Sampson … Made her 2014 debut Jan. 17, 2014, a 1-1 draw vs. Norway in a friendly ... Played in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, helping to lead England to the semifinals ... Played in the 2009 European Championships in Finland, helping to lead England to the finals against Germany.
Professional: Played in all 22 games, starting 21, for the Breakers during the 2013 NWSL season ... Led the team with seven assists, which also ranked her third in the league ... Scored five goals, tied for second on the team with Heather O'Reilly ... Logged a 1,913 minutes, second highest on team ... Named Team Most Valuable Player, as voted on by teammates and staff ... Garnered NWSL Player of the Week honors in Week 7, assisting on all three Breakers goals in a 3-0 win May 25 over the Washington Spirit ... Drew 33 fouls, fourth most in the league and did not receive one caution ... Named to NWSL Second XI Team ... Following the 2013 NWSL season, went on loan to Cyprus champions Apollon Limassol ... Played seven games (598 minutes) for DC United Women (2012), registering six goals and two assists ... In 2011/2012, played for RCD Espanyol in Spain’s top flight La Liga Feminino ... Made 23 appearances and scored eight goals for Espanyol ... Played for the Philadelphia Independence in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), helping to lead the club to back-to-back WPS Championship games ... Scored in a penalty shootout loss to the Western New York Flash in the 2011 final ... In two seasons with the Independence, Sanderson appeared in 40 games (2,116 minutes) and scored eight goals ... Prior to playing in the U.S., Sanderson starrted at Arsenal, a career that spanned more than a decade ... Led Arsenal with 48 goals in 41 games in 2006/07, the season in which the team won the quadruple (Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and UEFA Cup) ... Following season, scored a career-high 52 goals in 31 appearances for Arsenal ... After Arsenal and prior coming to Philadelphia, played two seasons for Chelsea LFC
Personal: Born Lianne Joan Sanderson ... Father Jeff played for Crystal Palace ... Joined Arsenal at the age of 9 after playing two years on boys’ teams ... In 2010, with current Breakers teammate Joanna Lohman, founded JoLi Academy, promoting women’s soccer in developing nations.

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