Pali Blues Add Defender Christie Shaner

Shaner logged significant minutes with Sky Blue FC last year before heading to the Sol (Photo by Tracy Allen, ISI Photos).

Shaner Spent 2009 in WPS with Sky Blue FC and Los Angeles Sol

Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Tuesday, March 9, 2010) – Pali Blues Soccer Club head coach Charlie Naimo continues to build a proven roster for the team as it aims for a record third consecutive USL W-League championship this season, announcing today the signing of defender Christie Shaner. A proven winner, Shaner comes to the Blues after spending 2009 with Sky Blue FC and the Los Angeles Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS).

"We are excited to have Christie, as she comes with WPS qualities,” Naimo said of Shaner. “By the time our season starts, we expect her to be fully recovered from the leg injury that ended her Sol season and ready to lead this team."

Shaner was acquired by the Sol midseason last year via a trade with Sky Blue FC but was lost for the year following a collision with Washington Freedom captain Abby Wambach in her first appearance with the Sol. She immediately underwent surgery to repair her mid-shaft tibia/fibula and has been recovering nicely since the July procedure.

The Ambler, Pennsylvania, native has been a proven winner throughout her soccer career, winning four consecutive Big East regular season championships during her time at the University of Notre Dame. She helped the Irish to two NCAA College Cup title games, and she won a national championship with Notre Dame in 2004. Shaner also enjoyed an accomplished career with FC Indiana of the W-League and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), where she won two WPSL championships (2005, 2007) and reached the 2008 W-League title game before falling to the Pali Blues, 2-1.

Shaner, a fourth round selection in the 2008 WPS College Draft, will join the Pali Blues when it begins its quest for a third consecutive W-League crown on Saturday, June 5th, by hosting the Santa Clarita Blue Heat at the Stadium by the Sea. Tickets for that match and the 2010 season are available now by visiting www.BluesSoccerClub.com.



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